LUW Fall Conference, Sept 12–13, 2014
Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 West
Layton, UT 84041
Registration Options: CLICK HERE
More information and presenters to be posted soon!
MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS—Featured Presenter
Michaelbrent Collings is a bestselling novelist, produced screenwriter and WGA member, martial artist, and has a killer backhand on the badminton court (’cause he’s macho like that).
He published his first “paying” work—a short story for a local paper—at the age of 15. He won numerous awards and scholarships for creative writing while at college, and subsequently became the person who had more screenplays advance to quarterfinals and semifinals in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competition in a single year than anyone else in the history of the competition.
His first produced script, Barricade, was made into a movie starring Eric McCormack of TV’s Will & Grace and Perception, and was released in 2012. Michaelbrent also wrote the screenplay for Darkroom, a movie starring Kaylee DeFer (Gossip Girl, Red State) and Elisabeth Rohm (Angel, Law & Order, Heroes), which was released in 2013.
As a novelist, Michaelbrent has written numerous bestsellers, including The Colony Saga, Apparition, The Haunted, The Billy Saga, The Loon, Rising Fears, and others. In addition, he has also written dozens of non-fiction articles which have appeared in periodicals on several continents.
Michaelbrent is also a member of the WGA (Writers Guild of America) and the HWA (Horror Writers of America). In addition to selling, optioning, and doing rewrites on screenplays for major Hollywood production companies, he is currently developing several movies and television shows.
He hopes someday to develop superpowers, or, if that is out of the question, then at least to get a cool robot arm.
Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that’s a low bar to set), and also cooler than he is.
Michaelbrent is a frequent guest speaker at genre and literary conventions, high schools, church groups, and anywhere else that wants to talk about writing. Michaelbrent also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings and can be followed on Twitter @mbcollings. You can follow him for cool news, updates, and advance notice of sales. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins!
MICHAEL R. COLLINGS—Featured Presenter
Michael R. Collings is a novelist, poet, essayist, short-story writer, editor, and literary scholar whose studies include book-length appraisals of Stephen King and Orson Scott Card—in total, he has published over 100 books and chapbooks. He is retired, following a thirty-year career teaching literature, composition, and creative writing at Pepperdine University and elsewhere. He currently serves as Senior Publications Editor for JournalStone Publication and reviewer for Hellnotes.com and Dark Discoveries.
He is a frequent guest at conferences and symposia, including serving as a Special Guest at the 2014 SLC ComiCon FanXperience and Academic Guest of Honor at the World Horror Conventions in 2008 and 2012. He has participated in the annual “Life, the Universe, and Everything” Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy for nearly thirty years.
His books include The Art and Craft of Poetry; Chain of Evil—The JournalStone Guide to Writing Darkness (forthcoming); Orson Scott Card—Penetrating to the Gentle Heart; The Nephiad—An Epic Poem in XII Books; The Slab—A Novel of Horror, and the official annotated bibliographies for Stephen King (Horror Plum’d), Orson Scott Card (Storyteller) and Peter Straub (Hauntings). His books have been finalists for the Bram Stoker Award (Horror Writers Association).
BRADLEY P. BEAULIEU—Featured Presenter
Bradley P. Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, but in the way of these things, it was set aside as life intervened. As time went on, though, Brad realized that his love of writing and telling tales wasn’t going to just slink quietly into the night. The drive to write came back full force in the early 2000s, at which point Brad dedicated himself to the craft, writing several novels and learning under the guidance of writers like Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Tim Powers, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kij Johnson, and many more.
Brad and his novels have garnered many accolades and most anticipated lists, including two Hotties–the Debut of the Year and Best New Voice–on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo.
In addition to being an L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award winner, Brad’s stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies from DAW Books. His story, “In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat,” was voted a Notable Story of 2006 in the Million Writers Award.
Brad continues to work on his next projects, including The Song of the Shattered Sands, an Arabian Nights epic fantasy, and Tales of the Bryndlholt, a Norse-inspired middle grade series. He also runs the highly successful science fiction and fantasy podcast, Speculate, which can be found at speculatesf.com.
ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH—Featured Presenter
Alexander Gordon Smith is best known as the author of the Escape From Furnace Series, made up of Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives, and Execution.
His new series, The Fury, has just been released in the UK and comes out in the States in 2013.
He also wrote The Inventors—which was runner-up in the national Wow Factor Award—and The Inventors and the City of Stolen Souls, both of which were co-authored by his eleven-year-old brother Jamie.
He is the author of two creative writing handbooks, Inspired Creative Writing and Writing Bestselling Children’s Books, a number of screenplays that are currently in development, several non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories and articles.
Gordon is the founder of Egg Box Publishing, an independent, non-profit imprint designed to publish and promote talented new writers and poets, and is the co-owner of Fear Driven Films, a production company filming its first feature in 2013.
He is also the founder of Inkling Studios, a brand new venture which specialises in creating books, films, television programmes and computer games for children and young adults. He actively encourages people of all ages to read and write, and runs creative writing talks and workshops across the world. In 2009 he was named by the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.
He is called Gordon, rather than Alexander, because his Mum and Dad liked the name Gordon but didn't want his initials to spell GAS, so called him by his middle name.
JOHNNY WORTHEN—Featured Presenter
Johnny Worthen grew up in the high desert snows and warm summer winds of the Wasatch Mountains. He graduated with a B.A. in English, minor in Classics and a Master's in American Studies from the University of Utah. After a series of businesses and adventures, including years abroad and running his own bakery, Johnny found himself drawn to the only thing he ever wanted to do—write. And write he does. Well versed in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny writes upmarket multi-genre fiction – thriller, horror, young adult, comedy and mystery so far. “I write what I like to read,” he says. “That guarantees me at least one fan and a hectic job for my publicist.”
Johnny has written many books and sold a bunch of them. His new young adult/paranormal trilogy The Unseen has just been begun with the release of Eleanor. His debut occult thriller, Beatrysel is available now along with it’s companion novelette Dr. Stuart’s Heart. Johnny’s short story, “The Point” appears in the dark fiction anthology Little Visible Delight. In 2015 Johnny will unleash an unlikely slacker detective upon the world named Tony Flaner in a new series beginning with The Finger Trap.
Johnny is a common sight at conventions and writing conferences including Comic Con, Wordharvest, and our own League of Utah Writers. Traditionally published, Johnny is a blue-collar hard working “hands on” author with the scars to prove it. He thrives in crowds and gives good meeting.Johnny is a member or the Horror Writer’s Association and the new Utah Fantasy Authors. He’s a Freemason too, if you’re wondering.
When not pounding on his keyboard, attending conferences, Johnny Worthen can be found with his wife and two boys in Sandy, Utah wearing extraordinarily colorful shirts.
Check him out at www.johnnyworthen.com for more details.