Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the conference?

The 2020 SMIAH Writers Conference will be Sep 25-26, 2020 at This years conference will be held at the Adams Pointe Courtyard, Kansas City in Blue Springs

1400 NE Coronado Dr, Blue Springs, MO 64014  


When can I register?

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. CST on May 1, 2020

How much does conference cost?

It's what everybody wants to know! This year we will have three pricing tiers Early Bird, Standard, and Late. This is to help people get registered early and to accommodate the challenges of having late registrations.

We want everyone to come but there are logistical issues that legitimately cost more as we add numbers to our event. Creating tiers gives you the opportunity to get an amazing conference at the best deal possible!

This has been updated for the coming 2020 Conference year.


Early Bird -  from May 1st until Jun 30th

  • 2-day Conference Package     $175

  • Friday Only Conference Package     $110

  • Saturday Only Conference Package    $110


Standard - from July 1st - Sep 14th

  • 2-day Conference Package     $195

  • Friday Only Conference Package     $125

  • Saturday Only Conference Package    $125


Late Registration - from Sep 15th - Sep 26th


  • 2-day Conference Package     $215

  • Friday Only Conference Package     $145

  • Saturday Only Conference Package    $145


At the Door pricing is available if accommodations can be made at the late pricing rate plus a $5 additional charge.  

What do I do if I need to cancel?

We understand that sometimes plans change. If you register for the conference but are unable to attend, you  may receive a refund of your registration, minus a 20% administration fee, through September 10. After September 10, your registration becomes nonrefundable. You may email us at if you need to request a cancellation. Please note that pitch sessions are non-refundable.


Why do we need to pay for pitches?

Our editors and/or agents travel long distances to our conference, and we need to make sure we’re able to make it worth their while. And we’re not able to allow an attendee to trade a spot, because that ends up being very unfair to the attendees already on the waitlist.


Why are some conference options non-refundable?

Several reasons. First off, they used to be, and we very often had many cancellations the week before conference. AFTER the consulting professionals knew what their honorariums would be. AFTER our committee members had worked hard on the schedules and when we were at a point where adding or subtracting new people caused major issues for registration. Because of this some of the opportunities we're providing during conference are now non-refundable such as -

               - Friday Morning Workshops

               - Contest Fees

               - Pitch Sessions

               - Manuscript Consultations

We know plans change and want this conference experience to go as smoothly as possible for you. To help in that process of making things a little sunnier for all of us we do allow refunding (minus a 20% administration fee) if cancelled before the specific event deadlines. Pitch sessions and Manuscript Consultations are only refundable within 24 hours of your registration. These circumstances are only available until approximately 2 weeks before the date of the conference and then all registrations become non-refundable. The specific non refundable dates will be posted on the registration page.  


Is there a cap on registration?

Yes. We wish we could let everyone come, but we are constrained by the classroom sizes of our facility, as well as the manpower of committee members that plan and execute the conference. For the 2019 conference, registration is capped at 200 participants per day. A waiting list will be available once registration is full.


Am I eligible for a discount?

If you are a presenter or a member of either the Indie Author Hub or LDStorymakers Author Guild, yes. Your guild discount will be emailed to you a week before registration opens IF you are current on your dues. If you register without using these codes, we cannot refund the difference. Please check your guild websites for application/renewal information.


Is there an age limit for conference attendees?

Registrants of the conference must be 16 years of age in order to participate. We encourage young writers to consider the following conferences: Teen Author Boot Camp, Tween Author Boot Camp, and The Teen Writer’s Conference, all held annually in Utah. As well as watching their local libraries for age appropriate programs. Please let us know if we can add a local teen conference to this list!


Can I bring my kids?

Babies that can be cared for quietly and without disruption to other attendees may attend with a parent. Other children are not welcome. We hope you understand. We love children. We are a committee full of mothers and fathers. But preserving the learning environment of our conference for all paying attendees is paramount. We appreciate your willingness to respect the experience of others by leaving your children at home.


What are the guidelines and due dates for the first chapter contest?

You can find all the information about the first chapter contest on the website HERE


Do I have to be LDS to attend?

Definitely not! Many conference attendees have faith in common, but our conference is not religious in nature. We pray over our meals. And many of us will cry if the keynote is particularly inspirational. But that’s it! If that won’t bother you, we’d love to have you!


Do I have to be a member of the LDStorymakers Guild to attend the conference?

No. The conference is put on by the guild, but any interested writer is welcome to register and attend.


Do I have to be a published writer to attend?

No, the Storymaker conference is open to all writers. We offer classes for beginning writers to expert writers.


What if I need a roommate?

The Storymakers & Indie Author Hub Writers Conference Facebook group has you covered. They’ll post links with roommate sign-ups, and requests. There’s always an opportunity to make an insta friend and share space and money for your stay at the conference.


What do I do if the hotel tells me the room block is sold out or I can't get the conference room rate?

First this shouldn't happen. If it does you shouldn't be punished! We have arranged for the hotel to automatically add more if the block sells out. All you have to do is contact them and let them know what conference you are attending and they will adjust your rate.


What meals are provided?

Lunch is provided on both Friday and Saturday. Thursday workshops have no meal.

While those are the only prepaid meals we often gather to go to dinner together but this happens more organically, but rest assured you are invited! Watch the Facebook page or listen for one of our extroverts to ask who's coming.


What if I have a life-threatening food allergy?

Please email with your allergy ASAP.


What should I wear?

Whatever makes you comfortable! Some wear T-shirts and jeans, while others wear slacks or skirts, and blouses. It's up to you! But make sure you wear good, comfortable shoes.


What if I’ve never been to a conference before?

Be sure to join the Storymakers & Indie Author Hub Writers Conference Facebook group , and/or sign up for the conference newsletter. These resources will tell you everything you need to know about attending the conference, including what to bring and how to get the most out of the conference.


I haven't heard anything for a while. When can I expect to get more information about the conference?

Conference time is so exciting! We want to know everything that is going on, but trust us the behind the scenes isn't as exciting as you may think. If you have registered we're excited for you and will immediately send you a confirmation email through our wix website. After that emails will be sporadic until about a month before the conference when we will start sending out official "Here's what's happening" emails.


How will I find my friends?

We recommend pasting your most recent Facebook or Twitter avatar to your forehead. Please do not use a stapler. We do not have an EMT on call.


Is it appropriate to bring donuts and chocolate to share with the conference committee?

Of course! You’ll recognize us by the red lanyards on our name badges.


Can’t wait to see you there!

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