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SMIAH 20/20

Writers Conference

Your Writing Vision

Kansas City, MO
25-26 September 2020

Welcome to 


Two Days of Powerful Talks
25-26 September 2020
08:30 am
24 September 2020
Optional Pre-Conference Workshops
Fully Virtual Conference options

The SMIAH Writers conference is a great conference sponsored by both the Storymakers Authors and Indie Author Hub guilds. This conference is on it's ninth year of inspiring authors from across the country and giving them the tools they need to take their writing to the next level!

This conference brings a unique spin to the traditional writers conference. With a distinctly Indie flavor and all the traditional building blocks, this is the conference you need to step out of the ruts we've been digging and see your writing and career clearly.

In the 2020 year we are building a conference with even more options by adjusting to a changing world and making our conference a hybrid of in-person events and the option of participating virtually in the whole thing.

Whatever you're seeing in your future the SMIAH Writers Conference can help you see it clearly! Whether you're an author seeking a traditional path, a hybrid author, a professional author, an author just beginning the journey, or a self-published author, you can find your vision here.


Keynote Speaker

2020 SMIAH Writers Conference

Proud to present Jennifer A. Nielsen

For as far back as Jennifer can remember, she has shared her brain with imaginary characters. She figures it’s okay if she talks to them as she’s working on her stories, as long as they don’t start talking back.

Jennifer has always loved reading and for most of her childhood, kept a tall stack of books at the side of her bed. She loved the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown series’, but her favorite childhood book was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. Her favorite book in junior high was The Outsiders. That book’s author, S.E. Hinton, published The Outsiders at the age of 17. Jennifer set a goal to be published sooner.

Jennifer didn’t make her goal, but she completed her first book in her early 20’s. She told a neighbor she planned to be published one day. The neighbor smiled back like Jennifer had a greater chance of landing on the moon one day. That was understandable. The first book was pretty bad.

So was her second. And third. The fourth wasn’t terrible, but by then Jennifer had decided she was writing in the wrong genre. The characters in her head had changed from adult romantic suspense to young adult and children’s fantasy characters. Jennifer had to change her writing too.

Jennifer’s debut book was ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR (Sourcebooks, Oct 2010). That series became known as The Underworld Chronicles. The next series she released was The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE (Scholastic, Apr 2012), followed by the MARK OF THE THIEF series (Scholastic Feb 2015). She also wrote the sixth book of the Infinity Ring series, BEHIND ENEMY LINES (Scholastic, Nov 2013), and the second book of the HORIZON series (Scholastic, Sept 2017), and a standalone fantasy adventure, THE SCOURGE (Scholastic, Aug 2016). She has released two historical novels, A NIGHT DIVIDED (Scholastic, Aug 2015) and RESISTANCE (Sept 2018). Her current series is THE TRAITOR’S GAME series (Scholastic, Feb 2018), and she will release her third historical, WORDS ON FIRE, in Oct 2019.

Jennifer has won multiple awards including the Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award (RESISTANCE, 2019), multiple Whitney Awards, and several state book awards. Also, she once won a garden rototiller, though that’s probably not relevant here.

2018 SMIAH Writers Conference


8th annual

SMIAH Writers Conference

Keynote Speaker

Heather B. Moore

2017 SMIAH Writers Conference


7th annual

SMIAH Writers Conference 

Keynote Speaker

Elana Johnson

2016 SMIAH Writers Conference


6th Annual Conference SMIAH Writers Conference

Joint conference with 

Johnson County Library


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