The League of Utah Writers

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Salt Lake City, UT -- For 85 years, the League of Utah Writers has been the go-to organization for writers looking to hone their craft and gather with other like-minded individuals. Established in 1935, 2020 marks their 85th anniversary and their 85th writing conference, a multi-day writing event designed to offer instruction to amateur and professional writers alike. 

Because of the realities of COVID-19, the League of Utah Writers will conduct their annual gathering virtually, but the conference will lose none of its importance or potency in the temporary switch for their celebration. 

Keynote speakers include New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Maberry (Netflix’s V-Wars, The X-Files: Devil’s Advocate, The Wolfman), Nebula award-winning author and former President of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) Cat Rambo, and the Stoker award-winning horror writer and poet Linda Addison. Each will give keynote addresses and teach workshops to help writers improve their craft. Other guests include agents, editors, and authors from across the country who will be presenting panels, conducting workshops, and training attendees in fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and more. All told, there will be more than 100 hours of panels, workshops, and networking opportunities for attending writers. 

Thanks to the nature of the virtual conference, many of the presentations will be pre-recorded and available in the 10 days prior to the conference and for a week after. Workshops and pitches to agents and editors will be offered live, via Zoom.

“For 85 years the League of Utah Writers has been putting on conferences to elevate the writers of our state,” said Johnny Worthen, author and president of the league, “and we weren’t going to let the pandemic get in the way of doing so safely. Our lineup this year is as good as it’s ever been and will be just as intimate. We have some of the biggest names in publishing coming and we’re set to learn everything we can from them.”

The Quills Conference will be held August 13-16, 2020 and take place entirely online. Admission ranges from $110-$215, depending on a variety of factors. Discounts are available for teenage writers and members of the league, but the event is open to all. Scholarships are also available to writers of marginalized groups, especially BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers. Early registration closes August 1. A brand new anthology full of prose, poems, and essays, comes free with every ticket. This special anthology was collected especially for the League’s 85th anniversary and features exclusively the written work of Utah writers. For more information about getting tickets, visit

The League of Utah Writers is a nonprofit organization supporting aspiring and established writers with outreach, education, and publishing opportunities. With more than two dozen chapters throughout Utah, from Logan to St. George, it is the state’s oldest and largest writing community. Established in 1935, the League of Utah Writers sponsors contests, conferences, classes, and other events throughout the year. Aspiring Utah writers of all ages, styles, and experience levels are invited to join the league and take the next step in their writing career. 


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