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Kim briggs, author
Dear School Administrator or Librarian,
Hi! I would love to visit your school. I enjoy individual classroom visits or large group presentations. As a former educator, I recognize the importance of a well thought out and executed keynote or workshop. Examples of presentations and workshop topics are detailed below. I will tailor or combine any of these presentations to meet the needs of your particular group and age level. Presentations generally last from 45 minutes to an hour and are suitable for Grades 4 through 12. I also offer hands-on workshops for small groups, as well as, teacher in-service training.
For school visits, I discount my rate by 50%. In addition, I will give away some signed paperbacks and e-copies.
Kim’s Workshops & Presentations:
Novel Nuts & Bolts: From Idea to Publication
The presentation examines the stages of the writing process to balance the creative impulse and functional elements of storytelling. Each story begins with an idea and blossoms into a finished work. Kim will examine each aspect of the publication process from idea to finished product.
Hit the Ground Running
From the vomit draft to the final draft, there comes a time in the editing process when writers need to cut the passive writing and hit the ground running instead.
Through the examination of well-known pieces of Young Adult Fiction including excerpts from Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter, Eleanor & Park, and Looking for Alaska, participants will figure out why these first pages grab the reader by the throat and won’t let go. *Addresses the need for revision.
It’s All About Character: The Character Interview
Powerful characters steal the hearts of the readers and lead them through the story. Weak, non-developed characters don’t inspire anyone. Students will go on a shopping trip with Kim to take their characters from drab to fab. She’ll share tips and interview techniques to develop their characters’ closets including all the baggage that goes with them.
Get In. Get Out. An Introduction into Flash Fiction
Flash Fiction. The shortest of short story forms. 100 to 1000 words. A snapshot. A scene. But a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. Sounds easy right? Wrong. When every word counts, every word needs to propel the story forward. Every word is vital. Participants will engage in interactive exercises and writing prompts focused on a theme announced the day of the workshop.
When Villains Defy Expectation in Young Adult Literature
In YA fiction, the bad guys used to be easy to spot. However, in a world with many shades of gray, villains just aren’t as easy to identify. The handlebar mustaches — gone; the dark trench coats — left on their hangers; the goon squads -- seem like bunches of ordinary guys. What does the revamped "villain" archetype mean for our young heroes? How does it affect the story and the other characters? How might this more nuanced sense of good/bad play out as young adult fiction continues to evolve? Discover the new villain. She might look just like you.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, or if funding is an issue, let’s have a conversation about it. I look forward to hearing from you.
Author of STARR FALL, BOOK ONE OF THE STARR FALL SERIES, November 4, 2016
“On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.” .