The Annual Quills Conference will take place August 13-16 in Salt Lake City Utah.
We are celebrating the 85th year of The League of Utah Writers… while also dealing with a world-wide pandemic. What terrible timing, right? But don’t despair! We have blazed new trails and proven we are able to pull off a conference virtually with the success of this year’s Spring Conference. Thus, we are pushing forward with plans to hold the Quills Conference August 13-16, 2020. Here are some of the details we already know:
- We will go forward with the publication of an 85th Anniversary Short Story Collection celebrating the league. All attendees will receive ebook copies and for a small fee ($4.95), a paper copy can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States.
- Registration opens Saturday, May 23rd at 6:30pm. Click here to register now!
- We have confirmed guests who are still willing to participate remotely including several who can now attend virtually thanks to COVID-19. They include:
Jonathan Maberry, named one of the ten best horror writers in the world. He's a science-fiction, fantasy, and horror author and is the creator of the new Netflix series V-wars. He's worked extensively in comics and fiction.
Linda Addison, a horror writer, poet, and the first African-American winner of the Bram Stoker Award, which she has won four times.
Cat Rambo, a Nebula-nominated science fiction and fantasy writer and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Alex Segura, co-President of Archie Comics and the author behind the Pete Fernandez mystery series from Polis Books. His next book is Poe Dameron: Free Fall, a young adult novel set in the Star Wars universe.
Michael Stackpole, last year’s keynote returning to teach. A New York Times Bestselling author of more than 50 novels including the X-Wing series and I, Jedi. He's also done work in the BattleTech, World of Warcraft, and Shadowrun universes, in addition to his own, creator-owned work. He's also a renowned teacher and the author of the acclaimed book 21 Days to a Novel.
Chantelle Aimeé Osman is an acquiring editor at Agora Books, an award-winning imprint of Polis Books.
Christopher Morgan is an acquiring editor at TOR Books.
Adrienne Procaccini is a Senior Editor at 47North, an imprint of Amazon.
Angie Hodapp longtime friend of the League, the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency.
Matt Belford, an acquiring agent with the Tobias Literary Agency.
Kate Jonez, acquiring managing editor of Omnium Gatherum Media.
We will have a conference with amazing talent following the same format as Spring including:
- Pre-recorded classes to fill two full days
- Streamed keynote addresses (my personal favorite part of any conference)
- A live stream of the annual Awards Ceremony
- Digital copy of the 85th anniversary Anthology
Cost: $110 for members / $150 for general public. Register for “Basic Conference” when you sign up.
There is also the option for an expanded line-up of LIVE and interactive 3-hour workshops, a dozen spread out over the conference. One low fee gets you full all the classes and streaming of the Basic Conference plus full access to attend as many of the live classes you can with multiple choices available all four days.
Cost: $175 for members / $215 for general public. Register for “Full Conference” when you sign up.
We will offer pitches with agents and editors in a virtual one-on-one settings at an additional cost. These tickets will be available once we have worked out both who is still able to participate in the virtual/distance model and the details for how to facilitate it through technology. We will make announcements when those details are available, including emailing registrants updates as they come.
We also have contingency plans in case the next three months see significant changes in the state of the world and the pandemic response. If it is allowed by State and Local government and public health officials to hold a gathering of such magnitude as our Quills Conference, we still have access to the Marriott as originally planned. If this happens, we would first and foremost hope to hold our Awards Banquet and sell meal tickets at that time with further expansion based on the availability of our presenters and travel restrictions. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly whenever possible.
This year, with our theme of Community, Opportunity, Excellence to celebrate the long and rich history of our organization, we are grateful for all of you who make up this great community. We hope you choose to join us if you are able. Here’s to 85 more years!