Monday, October 6, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The YA Scavenger Hunt has come to an end--and it was the biggest and best hunt yet! Winners of the team contest will be posted on the official YASH site on Wednesday, October 8th.

Meanwhile, the winner of my bonus giveaway of a $25 Amazon giftcard and a signed advanced copy of THE ETERNITY KEY is: Jessica Kent.

Winner, please send me your shipping address within the next 30 days in order to claim your prize.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Introducing LEVEL UP: NOVEL WRITING INTENSIVE with Bree Despain

Edit: Postponed! Due to overwhelming feedback from interested parties, we've determine that this fall is not going to work for most people. We've decided to postpone the class for now and revisit the idea in the spring or summer. Look for updates then.

Are you a writer? Do you want to be a published novelist? Do you feel like many conferences offer the same-old-same-old beginner information you've heard half a dozen times? Are you looking to take your writing to the next level?

Are you tired of reading this thing that sounds like a cheesy infomercial?

Then one last question . . . Do you live in (or near) Utah?

If so, then I am pleased to tell you that I am offering an in-person, four session writing intensive for intermediate to advanced writers--taught by yours truly! I've learned quite a bit about writing in the last fourteen years and now I want to pass that information on to you.


Go beyond the basics and jumpstart your writing to the next level. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced writers who want to dive deep into techniques for characterization, plotting, and connecting readers with your story. Level up with these fun and informative presentations and workshops. PLUS - get a personal critique of your first chapter from your current work in progress!

  • 4 two hour sessions, one night a week (Thursdays @ 7pm)
  • Personal first chapter critique by Bree Despain included (up to 15 pages)
  • Located at the Daybreak Community Center
    • 4563 Kestrel Ridge Rd, South Jordan, UT 84095
    • Conference Room A
  • Runs October 30th through November 20th, 2014 
  • Cost is only $250!
Want to win free tuition? Refer a friend! For every friend who puts you down as a reference when they register, you will earn an entry into a drawing for a tuition reimbursement scholarship. ***

Who is this course ideal for? All ages are welcome, but please be aware that this is intended for intermediate to advanced writers so a basic understanding of writing and story mechanics will be assumed. LEVEL UP is ideal for writers who have been writing for a few years and have finished at least one manuscript (or have one well underway) but have found that their writing isn't quite ready for publication yet. I hope to help you push your writing to that next level.

Seats are limited so click HERE to register today! 
{Edit: link has been removed because the class has been postponed. See note at the top of the post.} 

About the instructor:  Bree Despain is the award winning author of both the Dark Divine trilogy and the Into the Dark trilogy. Her books have been traditionally published in over seventeen countries and have earned both critical and fan acclaim. Bree has taught in workshops and on panels about writing in conferences all over the United States. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo.

***Only one tuition reimbursement scholarship will be awarded per course. You must refer a friend to enter and they must record you as their reference in the indicated spot when registering. Your friend must register and attend the course in order for your entry to be eligible. You may refer as many friends as you want but space is limited so don't delay.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bree Despain's Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 Schedule

Next week is going to be a blast because I get to spend it as a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con! Here's my schedule if you feel like dropping in on one of my panels or getting a book signed:

 Thursday, September 4, 3:00 pm Katniss Revealed: A Closer Look at The Hunger Games on Film and in Print, Room 251A

Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm Writing Suspense, Room 355D

Friday, September 5th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Signing* at the Shadow Mountain booth on the main expo floor (#111)

Friday, September 5, 6:00 pm Comic Con Writer's Retreat Part 2: Writing Your Novel, Room 255B

Friday, September 5, 8:00 pm Why We Love the Winchester Brothers: Supernatural and the Art of Characterization, Room 255B

Saturday, September 6th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Signing* at the Shadow Mountain booth on the main expo floor (#111)

Saturday, September 6, 6:00 pm  My Favorite Disney Princess Villain, Room 251A

Saturday, September 6, 7:00 pm  The Whedonverse: Why Writers and Creators Love Buffy, Angel, Firefly and the Rest, Room 251A

Saturday, September 6, 8:00 pm Dark and Dangerous: The Appeal of the Bad Boy Hero, Room 255F
 * Autographs from me are always free. You can bring books from home to have signed or there will be books for purchase at the Shadow Mountain booth. (And I'll have bookmarks to sign as well.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yet Another Ice Bucket Challenge Video!

I was called out to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the ladies of Writers Cubed (who put on the most excellent Teen Author Bootcamp). I accepted their challenge and here are the results.

Luckily my kids couldn't lift the bucket all that high, but they sure did think it was funny.

KidA: "Mom, can we do this every day???"

I hereby nominate Natalie Whipple, Elana Johnson, and Colleen Houck to take the challenge next. You have 24 hours!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A secret from THE ETERNITY KEY and cover reveal contest winner(s)

Four things from me today!

1. I'm going to be a panelist at Salt Lake Comic Con! I am so super excited--and they even made me this cool profile pic.

2. My ARCs of THE ETERNITY KEY arrived! I was so thrilled to get this box of books. I swear it feels like I just barely typed "the end" on this story and now it's in my hands in book form. This is my fifth book and it still feels surreal!

3. Now that ARCs are going out into the world, I thought I'd share a secret with you. (Though I don't know how well I've kept it a secret so far). THE ETERNITY KEY features three point-of-view characters.

This means there will be chapters from not only Haden Lord and Daphne Raines, but also some from one of my other favorite characters: Tobin Oshiro-Winters. I realized he had so much going on that he deserved to tell his side of the story. It was so much fun getting to delve into Tobin's head while he tries to sort through his issues with his mother, his sister's disappearance, and not to mention his love life.

4. Also now that I have ARCs, I can send one to the winner from last week's giveaway. Winners actually! I was so excited about getting my box of books that I decided to pick two winners.***
Who are:

Shaili Parmar
Magan Bagan

***Winners, please email your shipping info to me at readbree (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send you your prize. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of this post or they will be forfeit.