Writer Press Release:

Melva Gifford has been writing since her youth. She has had fiction and nonfiction shorts published in various magazines. My story lines touch upon many realms of interest from children’s mainstream, science fiction, and fantasy includes nonfiction as well as adult science fiction and fantasy.

For nonfiction, I have been creating quite a few object lessons that promote Christian values. Many of these are featured in I know you THINK This is a Toaster: Promoting Family Values Through Object Lessons, but additional lessons are also provided in my blogs. Please see Teaching Embellishments. I hope these lessons are useful to youth ministers and parents for family devotionals and family home evenings.

Current published works include:

Pocket Troubles (Won 1st prize Utah Arts Counsel)

Operation Middle School Madness

I know you THINK this is a Toaster: Promoting Family Values through Object Lessons

Please go to www.melvagifford.com to get completion dates on current projects.




  • The Wrath of Rings
  • Foreign Realms


Science Fiction

  • Gravity Well


  • Druids of the class 2020

Young Adult Fiction

  • Pursued
Some of the books above are currently in the works: They are either done, in production or they’re awaiting covers. If you would like to be notified when a particular book is ready, please send me an email so I can put you on the notification list. Contact me through Melva@melvagifford.com. Thanks.
Writing Resources:

Writer and Storyteller Retreat:

Next Retreat TBD. Details at the bottom of the page.

Cost $100 per bed. That is for the entire long weekend. If a couple or two friends share a bed it’s $75 each.

Beds in Suite are $110 each since you’ll have a private bathroom.

Different attendees have had some very productive times at these retreats. Come find out when and where the next one is. I have a membership to Worldmark Resorts and they have 37 locations in the United States and different spots of the world. I do have to admit that when a bunch of friends and I went to Hawaii we didn’t do any writing that weekend. And I feel really really bad about that. <ahum> If you a nature nut (I’m a pecan) than the various locations should appeal to you.

If you would like to have a retreat for your own writing group and friends and simply want to use my condo points for a get-a-way. Contact me to see if we can schedule it. I have access to condos around the nation


Just got back from Boot Camp with Donavan and he couldn’t sing your praises loud enough. – Anna

We had a great time, and the condo was great! – Chris P.
Love the condo and we are having a blast. – Donavan D.
The retreat was very focused for me. Everyone just worked and worked. I was delighted that I finished a story, and started working on another idea. I met a lot of wonderful new writers with loads of talent. It was fun. – Maurene
Thank you so much for the condo last week. It was really a great help! – Jeremiah @.

I sure did enjoy the one I went to with you, Susan, Marlene, and Barbara. – Kareen

The condo was great. – Joshua E.

Reservation Details
Vacation Destination:
• UT-Wolf CreekReserved For:
• Melva GiffordCheck-In at 4:00 PM:
• Thursday, Apr 19, 2012Check-Out at 12:00 PM:
• Monday, Apr 23, 2012Confirmation Number:
• 26015172RCNAMax Occupancy:
• 10Unit Description:
• Three Bedroom – Plus: King and queen in master, queen in second, twins in the third bedroom, queen murphy bed in living area. The unit is in Powder Mountain area of the resort and includes washer/dryer. Maximum occupancy 10.Resort Check-in Address:
• 3618 N Wolf Creek Drive
Eden, UT, 84310

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