Common Core Standards Included Where Applicable
Cultivate Your Courage 60 minutes in length
In this presentation Amy discusses her background as a reluctant student, her path to publication, and finally allowing herself to dream big enough to try to become a published writer. (Suitable for all audiences, ages 10 and up)
Using Movies and Screen Play Writing Methods to Improve Your Writing 60 minutes in length
Perfect for students and aspiring writers alike, this presentation uses popular movies and techniques screen play writers employ to help add punch and interest to novels and short stories.
Story Boarding Your Novel 60 minutes in length
Amy will take writers through the steps she takes to get from an idea to a fully plotted story. An interactive presentation that will have audiences brainstorming a novel with Amy in real time.
***This presentation is easily adapted to a half or full day workshop. In this case, writers would be required to bring their current work in progress or come prepared to develop a new idea. Writers will leave with a fully developed plot for their novel.
Character Creation Lab 60 minutes in length
Participants will help Amy create a cast of characters for a novel during this very fun, interactive presentation.
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***This presentation is easily adapted into a writer's workshop and can be used in conjunction with Story Boarding Your Novel. Writers will leave with one fully developed character to use in their own work.
The Steps Every Writer Needs to Take to Get Published Traditionally
60 minutes in length
This presentation is good for students and writers who are working towards the goal of publication with a traditional publishing house in mind. This presentation focuses on the crucial steps they need to take to get their work into the hands of agents and editors and make them take notice.
The Research Behind GATED and ASTRAY 60 minutes in length
Amy takes a multimedia approach to present an in-depth discussion on social conformity, doomsday preppers, and her inspirations behind the plots for both books.
The Research Behind Smash & Grab 60 minutes in length
Amy leads an in-depth discussion on the research she did for Smash & Grab as well as the inspirational music, pictures, and movies that influenced the plot.
The Writer's Club: Perfecting the YA Voice 60 minutes in length
This presentation deals with specifics on how to write authentic teens for Young Adult novels and breaks down what voice is utilizing clips from John Hughes films.
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***Amy can also do customized presentations other than the ones above upon request.