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Make It More Inciting!

The inciting incident is a crucial turning point in your novel. It’s often the part where readers choose to give up on a book or to keep reading. Come learn how to make the best inciting incident for your novel!

Come prepared to learn:

  • How to write a punchy inciting incident that will draw readers in

  • The best place to put the inciting incident in your novel

  • The promises you're making to the reader with your inciting incident and how to fulfill them.


Tricia Levenseller is the author of four YA fantasy books with Macmillan Publishers: Daughter of the Pirate King, Daughter of the Siren Queen, Warrior of the Wild, and The Shadows Between Us. The Secret Blade will release in 2021.


MAY 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST




Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

MAY 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST


Using Conflict, Pacing and Tension to Create a Book the Reader Can’t Put Down

This class will help explain what makes one book fly by and another book drag and how to use those lessons to improve your own writing.

What are the possible sources for conflict to consider? How can we identify the opportunities for tension in a story? How can we use pacing to perfect the flow of a story?


J.R. Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and she credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. You can find her on the Riveting Reads podcast and the AuthorGamerGirl twitch channel, both of which she created.

MAY 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST


220 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601, USA

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