• uaalaunch

    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. […]

  • 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 […]

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uaalaunch

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.

Scene Construction: when and how to show vs tell

author_picWriter and editor, Stephanie Dunn, received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She writes Mystery, YA, and Thriller and does freelance editing in most genres.

As an editor, Stephanie has observed that writers are often too close to their work to detect subtleties that undermine a scene here, a sentence there, and weaken the overall impact of a potentially great story. Her website, scdunn.com, teaches writers to self-edit like professionals until they’ve spun every word into gold.

Stephanie will be presenting on scene construction: when to show versus tell, and how. What makes the difference between a technically well-written sentence versus one that draws in a reader? What clues can a writer search for to indicate that he is telling when he should be showing, and how can he fix them? How can writers create dramatic, enthralling scenes even when there is little-to-no action? Conversely, what common mistakes dilute or melodramatize important, action-packed or emotional scenes? We’ll tackle these issues and more on March 17th, 7:00PM, in the Storytelling Wing of the Orem Library.

In her free time, Stephanie concocts music mashups, plans events, and runs a bed and breakfast within her home. When travelling, she has a penchant for rainy forests and Western Europe. She and her husband reside among the orange groves of sun-kissed SoCal.