UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
Schedule to be announced soon!
2018 will bring a series of educational workshops to the Salt Lake Valley community with vibrant, informative, and interactive gatherings for writers of all stages and genres.
K. E. Concannon is a poet who loves people and the power of their stories. She has been reading and writing poetry for the entirety of her adult life. Having earned an MA in writing and a PhD in English, she has taught at the graduate level and continues to work with the written word as an editor. She has contributed to the Utah community of letters for the last three years and recently performed her work as part of the Author in the House reading series. Any day that involves connecting with another person through language is a good day indeed.
Susanna Barlow Susanna Barlow is an award-winning writer and speaker. Her second memoir recently won first place in the Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition. She has given dozens of interviews and has spoken at conferences and seminars. She leads informal weekend writing workshops, as well as provides one-on-one coaching as a developmental editor for writers who are working on longer projects. Susanna believes that writing is the last step in the creative process, the by-product of inner exploration, pondering, expression, passion, motivation and discipline. The meandering and often messy process, by which we create, is just as important as the final, polished result. Her workshops and classes focus primarily on discovering your own unique process, managing writer’s block and other obstacles and reconnecting to the joy of writing.
began a daily practice of writing as part of a friendly challenge in her writing group. Since then, journaling has become a meditative practice, a means of self discovery and a rich trove for essays and poems.
Since 2009 she has facilitated as a mentor with the DiverseCity Writing Series, a Community Writing Center program located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been featured in their "sine cera" publication. She currently teaches Creative Nonfiction for the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning Continuing Education program and she was recently chosen to participate in the spring 2016 session of AWP's Writer2Writer program.
She is living proof you can write yourself into the life you want.
Rachel Hsiehlives in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a playwright, she had six short plays produced in showcases and festivals in Manhattan, Salt Lake City, and Austin. Her full-length play, Locking Doors, was presented by Wordsmith Theatre Company in The New Lab Theatre (University of Utah) in 2005. She co-wrote a teleplay with writer and podcaster Daniel Beecher titled “Thank God I’m Atheist.” Their script won the 2015 “No God But Funny” contest founded by the Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The teleplay was performed as a staged reading in Los Angeles at the Steve Allen Theater. Her short nonfiction story, “It’s Coming Down,” was published by the online literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs in their tenth anniversary edition and “The Red Rock Chronicles” will be soon be featured in the inaugural edition of the online literary magazine Ground Floor Drinkers. Rachel currently works in pharmaceuticals professionally and writes recreationally, but dreams of making the transition to write professionally and do pharmaceuticals recreationally. She is working on a collection of humorous non-fiction essays and blogs at onlifeandlemons.com.
It is my privilege to work with these fabulous instructors:
is a writer, assistant librarian, and field archaeologist based in Salt Lake City. He mentors the King's English Writer's Group, and has successfully ushered many writers to short story and novel publication using constructive developmental critiques, and has been honored in several author’s acknowledgment pages. He is committed to providing venues for local poets and writers to celebrate their work as curator of the Author in the House writer’s series at the Sweet Library, and co-director of Simple Simple Storytellers, a seasonal storytelling troupe.
Whether excavating a remote archaeological site, or knee-deep in an untamed manuscript, Chris is at his happiest playing in the dirt.
2018 Workshops and Retreats
To Be Announced Soon!
2018 Workshops and Retreats
To Be Announced Soon!
Ella Joy Olsen
has always been crazy about words however she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Finance. After years spent analyzing facts and figures she gave up her corner cubicle and started living her dream. She is the author of ROOT, PETAL,THORN (2016) and WHERE THE SWEET BIRD SINGS (2017). She teaches Historical Fiction and Manuscript Revision/Querying for the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning continuing education program, served a year-long remote internship at the Friedman Literary Agency in New York City reading manuscript submissions, and spent nearly a decade on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City Public Library System (not to mention four additional decades browsing the stacks). She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writing Association (WFWA) & the Historical Novel Society (HNS).
She is the mom of three kids ranging from just-barely-teen to just-flown-the-nest-teen, the mama of two dogs, and the wife of one patient husband. She has also lived in Seattle, Washington & Savannah, Georgia.
Connect with her on her website http://www.ellajoyolsen.com/