Utah Valley Writers (UVW)
Serving the Utah County Area
—All Genres Welcome—
UVW is community of serious writers dedicated to learning the craft and business of writing in a supportive environment. They are one of the oldest and most influential writing organizations in the State of Utah. Their heritage dates back to 1927 through individuals within Brigham Young University’s English department. New members are always welcome regardless of experience.
Meeting Frequency = 2 x / month
Typically from 6 – 9 PM in the Orem Public Library (58 North State Street). The first meeting in the month is dedicated to critiques. The second meeting has short critiques followed by instruction from industry professionals.
Getting started as a writer is a confusing and overwhelming process. There’s just so much information out there! I will forever be indebted to Utah Valley Writers for helping me sift through the noise, prioritize what is important, and identify the areas where I personally can improve. Joining UVW is the best decision I’ve ever made as a writer.
With so many members I get diverse and useful critiques. I also benefit from the collective wisdom and experience of fellow writers. The consistent meetings keep me motivated to write frequently, and the author presentations are an invaluable resource.
UVW is an incredible resource for aspiring writers. I was nervous when I first began attending the meetings, but the officers and members I met were very welcoming and down to earth. The critique meetings provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere to receive constructive feedback, and the presentations are both informative and inspiring. I have grown in confidence and skill by attending UVW meetings and I recommend it to all my writer friends.
I found UVW because I had a desire to write, yet I didn’t know much about writing. Upon attending I found the critiques incredibly helpful and the people extremely knowledgeable. Not only did I gain the motivation needed to get a project in the works, but I learned a great deal about the entire publishing industry in the process. In addition, I’ve learned a great deal about the craft that has improved my writing and now have writer colleagues who hold me accountable to my goals. While I have a long way to go before I accomplish those goals, I feel much closer as a part of UVW and the UAA.
We believe that when our vision is shared, excitement will follow. This enthusiasm has led to interest in the formation of UAA chapters across the United States.
Below is a list of cities/areas with established interest in UAA membership awaiting the twenty (20) required members to form a chartered chapter. Should you have an interest in helping to create chapters in these areas, or in areas not yet listed, please contact us at email@example.com.
Logan / Preston, ID (Cache Valley area)
Price/Huntington/Wellington (surrounding area)
Salt Lake City
Sacramento (surrounding area)
San Bernardino (surrounding area)
Preston / Logan, UT (Cache Valley area)
Puget Sound (area)
Children’s Picture Book Writers/Illustrators only
Historical Fiction only
First, check our Chapters page to find a chapter in your area. Second, attend a couple of meetings to see what we have to offer. Finally, if you like what you see, go to the Join Us page and select the option to join the chapter(s) you want.
If there is not a chapter in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waiting list.
It means there are not yet twenty (20) members in your area. We will notify you when your city meets the requirements for applying for a chapter charter. You can help speed up the process by generating interest amongst the writers and writing professionals in your area.
We train our chapters and their leadership multiple times during the year. Topics such as; how to provide exceptional events, critique properly, managed finances, trouble-shoot best practices, and where to serve your community are just some of the topics we cover. UAA believes that chartering a chapter is a symbol of a mutual trust and partnership and we work to support chapters in their individual goals.
We require twenty (20) new members within a geographic area in order to apply for a chapter charter. Of those twenty (20) members, three (3) must be willing to serve and be approved by its members to serve in a leadership capacity, including one Chapter President. We call these requirements our 20 | 3 rule.
No, sorry. We have been asked to deviate from our standards and charter chapters with numbers as little as five (5) members and up to nineteen (19). We appreciate your passion, but UAA believes in creating strong, community-impacting chapters. Experience and research shows that chapters smaller than twenty are not stable long-term, do not do well, and often fail to make a significant impact for their members and in their community. At least twenty (20) members and three (3) persons voted into leadership positions is our standard and we will not be able to make exceptions.