We’ve been busy! The Utah Chapter was at the Salt Lake Comic Con where Johnny Worthen released his newest novel, What Immortal Hand. During the con we met tons of interesting people and garnered a lot of interest in the HWA and our local chapter. Following that, we divided and conquered, attending both the League of Utah Writers Fall Conference and the Paranormal Expo which occurred on the same weekend.
At the conference, Scott Forman taught a class on “How to be a Boring, Bad Writer: the Fiction of Poetry.” To be a boring, bad writer, you must never learn new words, never say anything weird or unusual, always see what everyone else is doing and do that, and, most importantly, remember that poetry is always boring, even if it comes from hip-hop or pop songs or Metallica or even old-time pirate chants …
Daniel Godard gave an entertaining class on the physics of combat, and even had a block of ballistics gel with rib bones for some hands-on demonstrations. A big highlight of the conference was finding out that Caryn Larrinaga won the Silver Quill award from the League of Utah Writers for her book, Donn’s Hill.
At the Paranormal Expo, Cody Langille and Tammy Wright were able to interact with guests at a small but very fun event. Set up at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, the expo ran for one day and featured guest speakers giving lectures on topics from aliens to healing energies. Tons of folks came out to support the event, and we spoke to almost 50 people throughout the day who expressed interest in the HWA. I’m hoping to see a few new members appear from that event.
Following that, Lehua Parker and Cody Langille were invited by the Salt Lake City Writers Group to lead a discussion on writing horror. We met at the Salt Lake Public Library, and the meeting went very well. Lehua talked about incorporating horror into writing and had a couple of fun exercises where the attendees were charged with the task of coming up with two-sentence horror stories, and then challenged to create six-word horror stories. Following that, Cody talked about the different sub-genres of horror and the benefit of joining the HWA and other professional organizations.
Finally, on October 13, Daniel Godard attended the Write Here in Ephraim, Utah, where he conducted his ballistics gel demonstration to a new crowd of authors.
Coming up in November, the Utah Chapter will be representing the HWA at the Viridian Events Center on November 3-4 for the Local Authors and You event. Similar to the Spring into Books event held each year, this event focuses on local authors and is free to the public. Authors of all genres will be there to talk about writing, give presentations, and offer readings from their works.
Our November meeting will be a write-in to celebrate National Novel Writing Month. It will take place November 9, 7-9 p.m., at the West Jordan City Hall.