Hey, book lovers! I’m so excited to be publishing my first post as one of the eight official Utopia 2016 bloggers!! Utopia Con is such an amazing event, you will NOT want to miss the 5 year anniversary event in June 2016.
Let’s learn a bit about a few of the invited guests for the 2016 conference…
Emi Canahuati is the founder of Thrive Education located in Nashville, TN.
About Emi: When I was 5 years old, I was browsing the bookshelves of the children’s section and reached for “Where did I come from?: A book about how babies are made.” I was hooked. My mother reports that I read that book repeatedly. In my teens, I moved on to romance novels, and I’ve been reading about sex and sexuality ever since (I have since upgraded my reading materials!)
Sexuality education workshops
I’ve been a sexuality educator + trainer for 17 years, and the inspiration for my dedication to this work happened early on in my career. While working at a health fair, I was approached by a 10-year-old boy. He was hesitant to talk, and clearly very worried. He had just noticed his very normal morning erections, but he had no idea that was usual for a boy his age. I explained, matter of factly, what was happening in his body and why. Relief washed over his face.
Normalizing sex and sexuality is the foundation of my work. Sexuality is an integral part being a human being. However, it is so often ignored or we are made to feel ashamed or guilty for our questions or curiosities. Many children experience sexual trauma of one kind or another, and that can lead to feelings of shame, blame, and pain in many areas of their lives. I am dedicated to helping parents deliver positive messages about sexuality and open lines of communication so that children don’t have to travel this path alone without the guidance of parents and loving adults.
Becoming a parent has served as my greatest guide in the challenges that other parents face when trying to do the best job possible in impacting their children’s lives positively.
I was the “Sexperta” (the Sexpert) on Nashville’s #1 Spanish language radio station, answering callers questions about sexual health for 3 years, have served as the Director of Education for PPMET, currently serve as coordinator for the Nashville Alliance for Sexual Health and founded Thrive Education in 2012.
Talk + Thrive
Find out how you can feel more comfortable answering your children’s questions about babies, bodies, and sexuality. By talking more openly and comfortably about sexuality with your child, the parent-child relationship can thrive even more.
Adam Cushman is the head of Red 14 Films, an LA-based company that produces cinematic book trailers. Adam‘s novel CUT was released by Black Mountain Press in 2014 and won the Asheville Prize for best first novel. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and has published over 40 short stories. He’s the writer and director of the feature film RESTRAINT, which releases in 2015.
About Red 14 Films: Our goal has been and always will be to create state-of-the-art cinematic book trailers at affordable prices. Cinematic book trailers are not advertisements. They’re someplace in between a trailer and a short film. They’re a lot like music videos. Not in terms of content. In terms of form. Music videos aren’t direct advertisements and they’re not short films either. They’re a hybrid of film, music and advertising. The typical “book trailer” fails because it fails to be permanent. It barely succeeds in being relevant. That’s mostly due to poor quality standards. Slideshows. Still frames. Amateur and otherwise. You’ve seen them. Cinematic Book Trailers remain with the book as long as the book is out there. They’re stand-alone works of art, and we create them with the idea of giving the viewer just a taste of the book: the tone, the pacing, the details, enough to create an interest in the book and its author.
Our production crew has worked on feature films such as: Super 8, Angels and Demons, Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Blades of Glory, The Good German, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Constantine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and others.
Katharine Dever is an intuitive and transformational coach. Gut instincts and intuition are the secret weapons business tycoons use to gain insight and guidance into the infinitely complex decisions they have to make every day to lead their organizations to stellar success. Arianna Huffington, Estee Lauder, Sir Richard Branson, Jack Welch, George Soros, and Oprah Winfrey, among many others, all report relying heavily on their intuition and gut instincts to make tough decisions and thrive. Your intuition and gut instincts are a kind of super-intelligence that when utilized can transform your life overnight. Katharine Dever is a master at this kind of intelligence. She is an intuitive business consultant that the world’s leading business women seek for guidance. There are scores of powerful, successful ladies who will tell you how brilliant Kat is. And they all have two things in common. They have Kat Dever on speed dial, and they have transformed their businesses (and often their lives) with her assistance. Kat combines her expertise in Marketing & Sales with an intuitive and unconventional approach – meaning her clientele experience astonishing results across all levels of their lives. Dubbed ‘An angel of Transformation’ for her uncanny ability to instigate life-changing breakthroughs, Kat offers an astute and innate talent for business alongside a powerful intuitive connection and ability to help you manifest your dreams. Kat is invited to guest speak all over the world for her amazing presence and insights. Katherine can help you decipher your intuition, and channel it in the right direction. In doing so, you’ll realize your goals and fulfill your potential, both in business and in life. What are you waiting for? Her websites are GetYourGiftOut.com and FindYourMoneySpot.com, pop over and get your complimentary audio – “How to Find Your Money Spot.” You can also connect with Katharine on Twitter!
About Chelsea: I didn’t plan to be a writer.
Don’t get me wrong, I dreamed of being a writer, but it was one of those impossible dreams. Like being a rock star, or owning a spaceship. (I’m still working on the spaceship thing. If you have one, let me know. I’m serious.)
I planned be an artist—a painter—because that was a feasible career (and I really loved getting messy which is, like, a prerequisite for all artists). But fortunately, life doesn’t always go according to plan.
It all started with Nancy Drew.
When I was six years-old, while playing hide-and-seek at my grandma’s house, I climbed into a bedroom closet and stumbled upon a collection of Nancy Drew books. And when I say “collection” I mean horde. There were at least forty books in there. (Sure, we couldn’t afford to buy me a Care Bears lunch box, but Nancy Drew hard covers? Mandatory purchase. Whatever.)
Upon finding these blessed books, I was like, “Who is this sleuth girl who comes across a different mystery every single week? I must read more!” Needless to say, I was hooked. (Fun Fact: Ned was my first book boyfriend. My taste in book boys has changed rather dramatically over the years. *coughs* Will Herondale.)
After that, I became a voracious reader but still planned to be an artist. In high school, I was the girl who had her nose in a book and her hands in a bucket of paint.
After high school I went to Arizona State University, where I majored in design and wore more eyeliner and black clothing than a healthy person should. And it was during this epicly emo time in my life that my future took a turn.
I accidentally ended up in a creative writing course during my junior year—and by “accidentally” I mean, I failed to register on time and my adviser said, “You’re not taking college seriously. I’m putting you in creative writing,” like that was some form of punishment.
At first I was like, “Crap. I don’t TELL stories, I read them. Curse you, college adviser! Where the eff is my paintbrush?” But then…THEN…
Then I sat down and wrote my first paper.
And I cried.
Not because it sucked (although…meh) but because writing from the bottom of my heart had stirred something inside me—something starving, that I hadn’t even known was hungry—and I couldn’t stop.
I wrote short stories and comic books and poems and novels…I wrote anything and everything I could pull out of me. All the while I kept painting, even though this hungry thing inside me desperately wanted to be a WRITER.Sophie & Carter Cover 750px
But being a writer seemed impossible. And scary. And chock-full of potential failures. So instead, I put myself through school as a bank teller (bor-ing) and started my own design business painting murals.
Plan = Right On Track
Years went by—YEARS, people!—and I was still a closet writer. Until one day in 2011, I finally worked up the courage to send a little story of mine (titled Sophie & Carter) to a local publisher.
I told NO ONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD that I did this. No one. It was the single most terrifying (and yet somehow exhilarating) experience of my life. I went home that day and updated my Facebook status to, “Do something brave today,” because that’s how I felt: Brave. I also felt nervous, sick, shaky, foolish, and scared out of my mind. But mostly, I felt brave.
Several weeks later I received a call from the publisher, and a few months after that Sophie & Carter was on the road to being published. *cue sappy music and multicolored confetti*
Plan = Blown To Pieces
I didn’t plan to be a writer, but I dreamed about it. And despite all my planning, my dream came true.
So do something brave today. You never know what might happen…
~Tickets & Exhibitor Information~
Who should purchase exhibitor space?
Exhibitor space is great for:
book cover designers
crafters — jewelry, apparel, art, etc.
Any service or business that would benefit from the enthusiastic reading and writing community of young adult and new adult books and films.
Each HALF Table includes ONE chair = ONE Admission ticket. Admission includes access to conference Wed, June 22 – Sun, June 26: welcome bag keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour, the Fifth Annual Utopia Awards, post-awards dance party and signing events. Does NOT include: Mastery Workshops, apparel, lunches.
You may sell merchandise & giveaway swag — “MERCHANDISE” INCLUDES BOOKS.
Exhibitor Widget/Badge for your web site
Featured in official Utopia 2016 informational materials, either online or in print.
Volunteer help to load-in, load-out
Promotion in social media posts
The tables are 6′ long / 30″ wide / 3′ tall. You will have half of that table.
TENNESSEE TRANSIENT VENDOR LICENSE
A person/business selling or offering to sell new merchandise to the public on temporary premises and does not have a permanent, fixed location in Tennessee where the business is conducted is considered a transient vendor. A transient vendor can be both a Tennessee resident or an out of Tennessee resident. Prior to the event date, a transient vendor is required to obtain a 14-day permit from this office to conduct business in this county and/or city. If the permit expires prior to the scheduled ending date, then a new permit must be obtained for an additional 14 days. If the temporary site is located in the Urban Services District (USD) Millennium Maxwell House Hotel is in the Urban Services District, then the permit fee is $112.00. If located in the General Services District (GSD), the permit fee is $57.00. For additional information please contact (615) 862-6254 extension 77150. Application for Transient Vendor License
Some basic information on ticket packages…
Includes admission to conference Wed, June 22 – Sun, June 26: welcome bag keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour, the Fifth Annual Utopia Awards, post-awards dance party and signing events. Does NOT include: WORKSHOPS, apparel, lunches. Full refund for 60 Days from purchase or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Amount minus processing fee after 60 days or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. No refunds, transfers or exchanges allowed after March 31, 2016 for any reason.
Includes Buffet Lunch Thursday + Friday, Official Utopia 2016 t-shirt, early seating for awards, VIP Registration/Badge Pick up line; admission to conference Wed, June 22 – Sun, June 26: keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour, the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards, post-awards dance party and signing events. Does NOT include: WORKSHOPS. Full refund for 60 Days from purchase or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Amount minus processing fee after 60 days or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes. No refunds, transfers or exchanges allowed after March 31, 2016 for any reason.
2-Day Exhibitor + Signing 1/2 Table
Each HALF Table includes ONE Admission ticket. If you purchase two half tables (this will be one whole table on site), you get two admission tickets. Admission includes access to conference Wed, June 22 – Sun, June 26: welcome bag keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour, the Fifth Annual Utopia Awards, post-awards dance party and signing events. Does NOT include: Mastery Workshops, apparel, lunches. Full refund for 60 days from purchase or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Fifty percent (50%) refund after 60 days or until March 31st, 2016, whichever comes first. No refunds, transfers or exchanges allowed after March 31, 2016 for any reason.
Get more detailed information & purchase your tickets HERE!
Make sure you check out all the official blogger’s posts concerning UTOPiA and more invited guests, and subscribe to their blogs as well:
Week 3: My Book Addiction (ME) and A Little Bit of R&R
Every Two Weeks: Lulo FanGirl
And, make sure to check out all the other ways you can keep up with news about the goings on at UTOPiAcon for 2016.
Come join us and FIGHT FOR YOUR WRITE!
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