Snake River Writers

Snake River Writers Conference

Friday & Saturday - Sept 27-28, 2019

Shauna Holyoak

Developing Satisfying Endings


A novel's ending can make or break a reader's experience with a story. A bad ending can sour a completely stellar buildup, while a good ending can sometimes save a flailing book. How do you create a satisfying ending that feels perfectly suited for the story you've built? In this class, we'll discuss different approaches to crafting satisfying endings for your stories that are well earned.

Shauna Holyoak graduated with a master's degree in English Literature with an emphasis in creative writing from Brigham Young University. She was a humor columnist for The Post Register from 2009 to 2017; before that her column "Up in the Night" ran in The River City Weekly. Her debut middle-grade novel, KAZU JONES AND THE DENVER DOGNAPPERS, was published by Disney-Hyperion in April 2019. She lives in Idaho Falls with her husband, six of their children and two naughty dogs. Visit her online at, on Twitter @shaunaholyoak or on Instagram @shauna_holyoak.