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    2016 Leadership Elections

    Voting for our leadership is an annual tradition that allows members to contribute and become more involved with our group. Members in good standing are invited to participate in the nomination and voting process. 2016 Candidates DAPHNE HIGBEE spent her childhood in libraries, listening to stories and checking out as many books as she could […]

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    Celebrating our Authors’ Success

    Last night’s release party was a hit. It was great to see all the support for our authors and their hard work. As the writers read excerpts from their stories, we could feel their pride, and the heart they poured into their writing. The anthology is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. […]

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    UAA Anthology Release Party

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:00 PM Media Auditorium – Orem Public Library Last year, The United Authors Association hosted its first annual short story and flash fiction contest. All participants received valuable critiques from the judges who were professional fiction editors. The winners won a cash prize and publication in the anthology. Honorable mentions were […]

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Utah Valley Writers is now a proud chapter of the non-profit organization, United Authors Association. Membership is tiered according to professional experience. The majority of our population are “associate members”, meaning they have not yet met the publishing requirements to reach “member” status. These are the apprentice writers who learn from journeymen, or fellow “members.” The top tier is for the “mentors,” those who have achieved a sustainable level of success in the published world. They give back through mentorship to the members, associate members, and others in the community.

Please note that status requirements are adjusted according to profession. A writer’s requirements are different from an editor’s or an illustrator’s.

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The Author’s Journey

Anita StansfieldPresentation by Anita Stansfield
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Storytelling Wing – Orem Public Library

Anita Stansfield will offer some tips and insight to help aspiring writers, including character development, the importance of a novel’s first page, and how to create page-turning conflict. She will also talk about the unique challenges of being a writer and how to celebrate your creativity. Anita will also be happy to answer questions with an open discussion.

Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield’s characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.

Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels.

Bio taken from anitastansfield.com

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Celebrating our Authors’ Success

Last night’s release party was a hit. It was great to see all the support for our authors and their hard work. As the writers read excerpts from their stories, we could feel their pride, and the heart they poured into their writing.

anthologycoverThe anthology is available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. All proceeds support the UAA’s nonprofit initiatives. That includes funding for the next contest and anthology.

We announced this year’s contest theme during the launch: “White Spaces.” It comes from Margaret Atwood’s, Handmaid’s Tale. “We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” So, get those creative juices flowing. Details for rules and prizes will be announced soon. Like last year, the contest will close at the end of the summer.

2015

UAA Anthology Release Party

Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 PM Media Auditorium – Orem Public Library
Last year, The United Authors Association hosted its first annual short story and flash fiction contest. All participants received valuable critiques from the judges who were professional fiction editors. The winners won a cash prize and publication in the anthology. Honorable mentions were also included.

The process to publication was invaluable experience for these new authors. Even though their stories won recognition in the contest, they were still submitted to multiple rounds of editing until the anthology chief editor, Callie Stoker of The Manuscript Doctor, was satisfied. The result? A high-quality anthology containing really cool, well-written stories.

So we hope all of you will join us in celebrating the work of these great authors. Some of them will be reading excerpts and signing copies of the anthology. See you there, and stay tuned for how you can enter this year’s contest.

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Showing Character One Scene at a Time

Educational Presentation – April 7, 2016
7:00 PM at the Orem Library

Learn how to create memorable characters in your novel or short story by crafting evocative scenes. Author and editor Paul Genesse will lead the discussion about characterization, point of view, the try/fail cycle, scene structure, and everything else we can fit in the time we have.

paul genessePaul Genesse is the author of the Iron Dragon Series, A Walk in the Abyss, and Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea in Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. He is also the editor of The Crimson Pact.

Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and his website.