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Upcoming Appearances

Storymakers Conference, May 12th - 14th, 2022, Provo, Utah

Past Appearances

Conferences and Conventions:

"The Principles of Perfect Pacing," Be a Bestseller 3.0., Online, January 17 - 28, 2022

"Defining Your Writer’s Block — and Then Conquering It!" FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 16th, 2021

"20th Anniversary of Spirited Away, How Hayao Miyazaki's Vision Changed the World." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Laky City, Utah, September 16th, 2021

"Find and Unwind Your Theme," Write Your First or Next Book, Online, January 18 - 29, 2021

"Why We Love Neville Longbottom." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 7th, 2019

"By Grabthar's Hammer, What a Panel: Galaxy Quest 20 Years Later." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 7th, 2019

"20 Year of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 6th, 2019

"Toy Stories." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 6th, 2019

"He said, She said: How to Excel at Writing the Spoken Word." LDSPMA, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, November 3rd, 2018

"Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 8th, 2018

"Hamilton: The Room Where it Happens." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 8th, 2018

"20 Years of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 7th, 2018

"Creating Your Own Fantastic Beasts." FanX Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 7th, 2018

"Exactly How to Create and Control Tone." Storymakers Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 4th, 2018

"Searching for the Sorcerer's Stone: 20 Years of Harry Potter." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 23rd, 2017

"All Things Pokemon" (for kids) Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 23rd, 2017

"Harry Potter and the Cast of Unforgettable Characters." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 21st, 2017

"Harry Potter is My Bible: Fandom as Faith." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 21st, 2017

"'Dumbledore is What?' Harry Potter Fan Theories." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 3rd, 2016.

"What We Know and Don't Know about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2nd, 2016.

"15+ Tactics for Writing Humor." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1st, 2016.

"The Lasting Power of Harry Potter."  Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 26th, 2015.

"Harry Potter is In Your Head (In the Best Possible Way)." Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 24th, 2015.




Podcasts:


"How to Craft Your Writing Voice." The Rebel Author Podcast. February 9th, 2022

"How to Use a Cliffhanger." Turning Readers into Writers. April 29th, 2021

Workshops:


"Poetry for the People," Writers of the Purple Sage Poetry Retreat, Kanab, Utah, October 22, 2011.



Honors and Awards

QueryLetter.com Top Writing Blog (2021)

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers (2017)

Tanner Prize Winner (2011)
                        The Annie Atkin Tanner Memorial Poetry Scholarship Fund
Second Place, “Colonel Miller’s Mansion.”

 Mark Swain Award (2010-2011)
                        Department of English, Dixie State University.



Presentations

Creative Works:

“In the Corner of the Library,” “Colonel Miller’s Mansion.” The Southern Quill Bean Scene Reading, St George, Utah, 9 March 2011.

“Shadows.” The Southern Quill Tabernacle Reading, St. George, Utah, 6 November 2010.

“Considering the Pointe Shoes,” “Sweets,” “In the Corner of the Library.” Featured Dixie State College Poetry Reader, Storm the Mic, Dixie State College, St. George, Utah, December 2010.


Papers:

“‘Every Child in Our World Will Know His Name’: Why Harry Potter Appeals to Young Readers Worldwide.” Dixie State College, November 28, 2011.



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