Writers’ workshop features local authors


All the instructors at the Solstice Writing Retreat are published authors with Utah Valley ties. Left to Right: Chris Crowe, Ann Edwards Cannon, John Bennion, Louise Plummer and Dean Hughes. (Photo courtesy of the High Valley Arts Foundation)

BYU English professor and published author John Bennion says personal stories are like wriggling, juicy worms.

“Everybody has such great stories once we start digging,” he said.

Bennion, along with four other authors with Utah Valley ties, will be teaching classes in nonfiction writing at the second annual Solstice Writing Retreat this July, hosted by the High Valley Arts Foundation. The three-day event is for beginning, intermediate and published writers who want tips, inspiration and hands-on attention from well-known published writers and enthusiastic peers.

“We had a great time last year with our first retreat,” said Dean Hughes, retreat instructor and author best known for writing the “Children of the Promise” series. “We kept the classes small, all got to know one another, and we laughed way more than serious-minded people really should.”

This year’s class topics cover writing about place, writing for teens, historical fiction, memoirs and personal columns.

The 2014 retreat is July 10-12 at the Homestead Resort in Midway. To learn more and to register, click here.


Samantha Strong Murphey is a lover of greenery, glitter and goat cheese, an advocate of media literacy, human rights and karaoke for all. She earned bachelor's degree in communications from Brigham Young University and is a former writer and editor at Utah Valley Magazine. Now, she works as a full-time freelance writer and blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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