Conference 2013, Salt Lake City, Sept. 13—14

Hilton Salt Lake City Airport
5151 Wiley Post Way
Salt Lake City, Utah

NOTE: This conference was formerly called the Round Up.

Below are bios of this year's presenters (more to be posted soon!):

Dian Thomas

Dian ThomasDian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breath taking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC’s Tonight show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC’s Today show for eight years and then ABC’s Home Show for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to create buzz for their business.

Rob Carney

Rob CarneyRob Carney is originally from Washington state. He is the author of Story Problems (Somondoco Press 2011), Weather Report (Somondoco, 2006), Boasts, Toasts, and Ghosts (Pinyon Press, 2003), as well as three poetry chapbooks: Home Appraisals (Plan B Press, 2012), This Is One Sexy Planet (Frank Cat Press, 2005), and New Fables, Old Songs (Dream Horse Press, 2003). He is a two-time recipient of the Utah Book Award for Poetry, winner of the Pinyon Press National Poetry Book Award, winner of the Frank Cat Press and Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Competitions, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio's "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress." His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Redactions, River Styx, Sugar House Review, and dozens of other journals, as well as the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward (2006). He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield
photo by Gigi Pandian
Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri, the middle child of a professor and an artist. She has been writing stories since childhood. After taking a hiatus to raise a pair of unruly children, she sold her first book in 2008, and has since authored over a dozen novels in several genres. Sophie’s novels have won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes the post-apocalyptic AFTERTIME series, the Stella Hardesty and Joe Bashir crime series, and thrillers for young adults. Her newest release is GARDEN OF STONES (Harlequin Mira 2013). Sophie makes her home in northern California.

Maxwell Alexander Drake

Maxwell Alexander DrakeMaxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning Science Fiction/Fantasy author, Graphic Novelist and Playwright. He is best known for his fantasy series, The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing at schools, libraries, writers’ conferences and fan conventions around the country. Find out more about him at his website,

Alex Caldiero

Alex Caldiero

Alex Caldiero is a poet, sonosopher, and scholar of Humanities and intermedia. He makes things that at times appear as language or music or images, and then again as the shape of your own mind. Caldiero is a makar (maker) of text-sound and visual works, installations, and poetry, including Various Atmospheres (Signature Books), Sound Weave with Theta Naught (Differential Records), Body/Dreams/Organs (Elik Press), Poetry Is Wanted Here! (Dream Garden Press). And, forthcoming, a book on culture and memory, sonosuono (Elik Press). He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, society for the preservation of Sicilian language and culture, and featured in Dictionary of the Avant-gardes (Macmillan, London) and the poetry anthology Fire in the Pasture (Peculiar Pages, El Cerrito, CA). He is the subject of a full-length documentary film Alex Caldiero…in sound…in life. Caldiero is senior artist in residence at Utah Valley University.

Gerald N. Lund

Gerald N. Lund

Gerald N. Lund was born in Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah. Lund is a prolific author and speaker. His novels include: The Work and the Glory series; The Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, The Undaunted, and his latest, The Guardian. He received his BS and MA from Brigham Young University. Lund served 15 years in the Church Educational System in numerous areas and was appointed as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He gained nation-wide prominence and dozens of local and national awards for his books, and is among the most-read authors in LDS literature, both fictional and non-fictional genres. His publications have sold three-million copies over the years. Over his remarkable career as a writer and speaker, he has contributed greatly to the literary culture of Utah.

Jack Remick

Jack RemickJack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. He has worked underground as a tunnel rat. He’s been a social worker, a school teacher, a bus driver, a retail clerk, a turkey debeaker, and a house painter. He wrote with Thom Gunn and JS. Moodey. He came of age in North Beach watching the Beat Poets shape the literary future. He was a member of the Seattle Five Plus One, a poetry performance group. He is the author of eight novels, two story collections, and numerous short stories. Lambda Literary’s Wayne Gunn has called Jack’s novel, Blood,(2011) a masterful prison novel in which the iridescence of the language…sweeps the reader through 120 chapters. Coffeetown Press, in Seattle, published Gabriela and The Widow in 2013 and has brought out two volumes of The California Quartet. The third novel The Book of Changes, will hit the shelves in October, 2013. Satori, Poems, will appear in 2014, also from Coffeetown Press. In May, 2013 Remick ran two workshops with the St. George Chapter of the League.

Teri Harman

Teri HarmanTeri Harman is an author of all things wondrous and haunting. Her debut novel, Blood Moon, a witch fantasy, is now available. When not writing her own bewitching stories, Teri pens a bi-weekly book column for, creates book related segments for Studio 5, and reviews books on her website, She lives in Utah with her husband and three small children.

John Brown

John Brown

Brown is well-known in writing and speaking circles. In his workshop he will explore main ideas for STORY TURNS and how writers can make them work. This includes: a clear definition of what turns are and do, the five main types of turns, three tools to develop turns, and using tools for story development.

Carolyn Campbell

Carolyn Campbell

Carolyn Cambell is currently a reporter for the Los Angeles Bureau of People Magazine. She is also the author of three nationally-published books and 800 magazine articles, in publications such as Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Family Circle, Writer's Digest and Guideposts. She even appeared as a “relationship expert” on the Sally Jessy Raphael TV talk show.

Paul Genesse

Paul GenessePaul Genesse spends endless hours in his basement writing fantasy novels, adding to his list of published short stories available from DAW Books and various other publishers, and editing the demon themed Crimson Pact anthology series. His first novel, The Golden Cord, book one of his Iron Dragon Series became the bestselling fantasy his publisher has ever had. Book two, The Dragon Hunters, and book three, The Secret Empire, all set in the treacherous plateau world of Ae’leron, are out now and available as trade paperbacks and eBooks. Learn secrets of the world, download the first ten chapters of The Golden Cord for free, and view maps by visiting

Eric Bishop

Eric Bishop

Eric Bishop grew up dreaming of authoring novels. Prompted by mid-life, he finally sat down and wrote The Samaritan’s Pistol in less than three months. Unfortunately, his manuscript had all the beginner mistakes from passive voice to mind numbing dialogue. Over the next three years he rewrote his story eight times and eventually placed second in the League of Utah Writers annual contest. After years of rejection, Jolly Fish press will publish The Samaritan’s Pistol this August. As a debut novelist Eric is fresh from the struggle. He understands the frustration and challenge of crafting a publishable manuscript and the joy of finally hearing “yes.” Eric enjoys sharing everything he’s learned from typing the first letter to seeing his words on the shelves of Barnes and Noble.

When he’s not writing he tries to keep up with his wife and four daughters.

Margot Hovley

Margot Hovley

Margot Hovley has received numerous awards for her writing, including a first place in a national short story contest. Her debut novel, a young adult adventure, was published by Covenant Communications in Fall 2012. She enjoys teaching people of all ages in her favorite topics of creative writing and music.

Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and two amazing twin sons who fill every day with light and laughter. She married her best friend, Michael, who changes lives each day in his Chiropractic clinic. Cheree is currently working as a free-lance writer and mother. She enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle on warm nights, and rocking her twins while planning her next book. She is also a bass player for her husband's garage band.

Cheree has self-published twelve books in the last two years, and greatly enjoys the freedom she experiences in the process. Her goal is to share the same creative freedom with other aspiring authors. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great adventures, and never stop dreaming. Check out Cheree's books at

Marilyn Richardson

Marilyn Richardson

Marilyn Richardson, a retired dance educator, moved to Southern Utah, with her husband in 1994. “I was delighted to leave the cold of South Dakota and live closer to my grandchildren.” Walking in the red dirt, listening to books on tape and traveling to distant lands, all hold great appeal. As does writing.

”I have focused on books for children, but I also love poetry. Four of my books are now available on kindle and I’ve had over 50 articles published in magazines.

My writing friends offer great support and good critiques. The grandchildren visit then go home. My husband Jay supports all my efforts. What more could I want?”

Marilyn served as President of the League as well as chapter president three times. She has been a winner in the League of Utah Writers annual contest, the Utah Poetry Society and the Brigham City literary contest.

Shanna Beaman

Shanna Beaman

Shanna is an author, speaker and success strategist who inspires and connects with her audiences. She is a confident speaker who engages her audience by enhancing the lives of every person in the room. Her inspiring book The Woman’s Guide to Living Your Dreams emphasizes her extensive leadership, management and business skills.

Each person attending her workshop will leave with a personalized workbook and plan completed by them and tailor-made for their writing goals and life choices. Beaman has directed start-up businesses, developed Utah Valley’s leadership program, and serves on community councils and retreats. She is the creator and trainer of the Utah Publicity Summit and the Aspiring Author’s Summit. Beaman encourages others to take action on their dreams through goal setting, daily motivation, time management and planning.

Heather B. Moore—Pre-Conference Workshop

Heather MooreHeather B. Moore owns and manages Precision Editing Group. She also runs Mirror Press with Annette Lyon and Sarah M. Eden, which publishes the Timeless Romance Anthology series. Heather is an award winning author of eleven historical novels, two non-fiction works, women’s fiction and romance. Her recent releases include Esther the Queen and the international thriller, Finding Sheba.

Josi S. Kilpack—Pre-Conference Workshop

Josi S. KilpackJosi S. Kilpack writes women’s fiction and suspense. She’s an award-winning suspense author and has published over a dozen novels, her most recent includes Rocky Road, from the best-selling Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, and Shannon from The Newport Ladies Book Club series.

Annette Lyon—Pre-Conference Workshop

Annette LyonAnnette Lyon is the award-winning author of several contemporary and historical novels, as well as the popular grammar guide, There, Their, They’re: A No-Tears Guide to Grammar from the Word Nerd, and the cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth. Her most recent releases are the women’s novels Band of Sisters: Coming Home, and Paige from The Newport Ladies Book Club series.

Lu Ann Staheli—Pre-Conference Workshop

Lu Ann StaheliLu Ann Staheli is a three-time Best of State winner for Educator, K-12 grade, and two memoirs, When Hearts Conjoin and Psychic Madman. Her recent releases include the Young Adult Small Town USA series, the YA historical Tides Across the Sea, and the non-fiction work Living in an Osmond World.

Julie Wright—Pre-Conference Workshop

Julie WrightJulie Wright is the award-winning author of several YA and romance novels, both contemporary and fantasy, including the middle grade science fiction series, The Hazzardous Universe. Olivia from the Newport Ladies Book Club series is Julie’s latest release.

Emily Keyes—Literary Agent

Emily Keyes

Emily is a literary agent at the L. Perkins Agency ( Emily has a growing list of clients and is also the Contracts and Foreign Rights Manager. She’s very passionate about YA and teen novels and is looking to acquire in that area.Previously, she was a Contracts Administrator at Simon & Schuster, Inc. and a writer for “The World Almanac for Kids.” She is a graduate of the NYU Publishing program and knowledgeable about many areas of publishing.

LOOKING FOR: I'm looking for all types of middle grade and young adult projects. I truly believe that those books you read when you're 12 stay with you forever. I am also looking for a range of commercial adult projects: such as women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, popular culture and humor. I don't represent academic work, picture books or screenplays.

Annie Bomke—Literary Agent

Annie Bomke

Annie Bomke is a literary agent with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She has worked on a wide range of projects—from hard-nosed business books to otherworldly historical novels—with internationally bestselling authors such as Ken Blanchard, Spencer Johnson, Bob Burg and John Assaraf. Authors have called her the pH test for good writing, and a bedrock for literary quality control.

She is interested in representing a wide range of fiction and nonfiction—including commercial fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, YA, business, self-help, health/diet, and memoir. She is most passionate about character-driven literary fiction and psychological thrillers.

She is not interested in representing children’s, MG, high fantasy, hard sci-fi, romance, screenplays, poetry, or religion.

Christopher Loke—Acquisitions Editor

Christopher Loke

Christopher Loke is a graduate of Utah State University. He started his career working on editorial projects for houses like Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, and Harper Collins, to name a few. He is currently the executive editor for Jolly Fish Press. Loke is an avid social networker and the author of The Housekeeper’s Son (May 19, 2012). He currently lives by a lake with his wife and a monster that is his son.