“We would like to help the next generation of Latter-day Saints become influential in publishing and media fields,” said Erin Willder, the Student Outreach Coordinator for the LDS Publishing and Media Association on Brigham Young University’s Campus.
The LDS Publishing and Media Association is a group of professional publishers devoted to helping aspiring authors who are members of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints.
“It started with a core of people who love publishing who’ve come up through BYU and now are very influential, own publishing companies, are professors and other roles,” continued Willder.
Amy White, author of “Dressing the Naked Hand”, attended the opening meeting and shared her advice with students. She talked about attending writing conferences, the best way to secure internships, and the power of networking among their peers.
Since its founding in 2015, the organization has prided itself on following Latter-day Saint principles such as trust, honesty, and standing up for what’s right.
Throughout the meeting, they tried to help the audience understand what the publishing industry would look like if there were more faithful Latter-day Saints working.
“I feel like they would be a lot more trustworthy, a lot more neutral, and a lot more willing to make sure that the material that they put out is reliable and accurate,” shared Colton Spilsbury, an Accounting Major.
On November 2, the LDS Publishing and Media Association will host another symposium in the BYU Conference center. Writers scheduled to attend include: Orson Scott Card, Virginia H. Pierce, and David Archuleta.