May 142012

Shanda, Sheila and Mindy summarize their 2012 LDStorymakers Conference experience. They discuss a few points from classes that helped them most improve their writing and how they plan to implement what they learned. Whether or not you attended this year’s conference, we hope you enjoy this installment of the LDSWBR podcast. It really is great to be back!


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May 092012

We had a great time at the 2012 LDStorymakers Conference this past weekend. It’s like a big family reunion every year. The presentations were educational and the M.C. was as funny as ever. (Feeling any better, Sarah? Curse that construction dust!)

The signing Friday night was huge. SO many authors were in attendance. Sheila packed her rolling suitcase full of books. No, I’m not joking. :)

Here are several photos from this past weekend. Most, if not all, of these were taken with my new iPhone, so I make no claims about their quality or lack thereof due to poor lighting. :)


Krista Lynn Jensen, Shanda, and Danyelle Ferguson


Sheila, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and Shanda


Sheila and Kelly Nelson


Lani Woodland, Amber Argyle, and Kathi Oram Peterson


Becca Wilhite, Shanda, and Krista Lynn Jensen


Jenni James and Shanda


Josi S. Kilpack, Shanda, N.C. Allen, and Sheila


Melanie Jacobson, Don Carey, Diony George, and Jennifer Ann Holt


Julianne Donaldson and Nicole Giles


Shanda and Melanie Jacobson


LuAnn Staheli and Sarah M. Eden


Shanda, Stephanie Black, and Sheila


Shanda, Lani Woodland, and Sheila


As you can see, we had so much fun. We can’t wait until next year!


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May 052012

I look forward to LDStorymakers Conference almost as much as Christmas. Maybe more.

Even though I live only 45 minutes away, I book a hotel room and show up Thursday and stay until Sunday. It’s the only time each year my kids get the chance to miss me. Or not. :)

The craziest dinner I’ve ever attended was Thursday’s dinner at La Dolce Vita. There was such a good turn out that we couldn’t hear the person sitting next to us without yelling. Oh yes, we might all be writers, but we are excellent talkers, too.

There were easily 50 or 60 or 75 or more people packed into that large room. See for yourself…



Sheila and I were next to Lisa Mangum and Sheralyn Pratt and we had a great time with these amazing women. I snagged a pic with Lisa, Sheralyn and Julianne Donaldson, author of Edenbrooke (which I loved!)


We also found our sweet friend, Chantele Sedgwick.


There were so many great people at the dinner that we didn’t get a chance to get photos with so we’ll try to fix that over the next two days of the conference.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s dinner. And maybe I’ll bring earplugs, lol.

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May 242010

Part 3: Danyelle Ferguson, Lynn Parsons, and Tristi Pinkston

As the last hours of our first day at the LDStorymakers Conference came to a close, we were able to speak with authors Danyelle Ferguson and Lynn Parsons about their new book, (dis)Abilities and the Gospel. Tristi Pinkston also took a few minutes to share some of her thoughts about the LDStorymakers Conference. This time we remembered we had a camera!

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May 232010

Time Flies

One month ago today I was enjoying my first day ever at LDStorymakers Conference in Provo, UT. The sights and sounds have faded a bit in memory, but I was taken back to relive the excitement and energy of the conference listening to the podcasts that will be posted today and tomorrow. Part 1 of the LDStorymaker podcasts is available here.

The two days I spent at the Conference were a much needed step “out of the norm” for me, and it’s no surprise that within a few days of stepping back into my life, LIFE took over, derailing my plans to get the large amount of material we collected during those two days posted within a week. But that’s okay. After a month, it’s nice to revisit the whole conference experience again. Take a few moments on this one month anniversary of the 2010 Storymakers Conference and relive it with me. It’s almost like being there all over again.

Part 2

In Part 2 of our LDStorymakers Conference 2010 podcast, we meet up with Josi Kilpack and Heather (H.B.) Moore. They are two of the sweetest women and are always willing to take a few minutes to speak with LDSWBR. Both Heather and Josi taught classes at the LDStorymakers Conference. Josi dishes out some goods about her next book, Key Lime Pie, due to be released in August 2010. Heather shares her experiences with researching and writing her first nonfiction book, Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations.

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Apr 302010

Old Friends, New Friends

One of the best parts about the LDStorymakers Conference is meeting up with old friends. Another is making new friends who will be old friends next year. Part 1 of our LDStorymakers Podcast series is a collection of interviews with L.T. Elliot, Karen Hoover, Donald J. Carey, Rebecca Talley, and Heather Justesen. I was so caught up in talking with these wonderful people that I completely forgot I had my camera with me, so the only picture I have of any of them is LDSWBR with Heather. Lesson learned for next year!

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