Virtual Teen Writing Workshops: June-July 2020

1/2-Day Virtual Teen Writing Workshops

Take 1 workshop or as many as you want - choosing whichever piques your interest!

  • Each workshop is 4 hours long (with breaks to write)
  • Come with a story you’ve already written and want to improve, or with that blank page just waiting to be filled!
  • 50 euros ($57) per workshop.

Workshops will be morning for U.S. participants, so afternoon for Europe. The schedule will be set once we know all participants’ time zones!

FOR TEENS

For ages 13-18. 12-year-olds may apply if they are avid readers/writers.

25 June – The Hero’s Journey

26 June – Twisted Tales

9 July – Spellbinding Settings

10 July – Dynamic Dialogue

16 July – Creating Credible Characters

17 July – World Building 101

 

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HOW
To sign up, write me at: amy@amyplumbooks.com with the following information:

  • Participant’s name
  • Birthday (age at time of workshop)
  • City (for time zone)
  • Participant’s interest in writing (what they have done, and what they hope to do)

Hope to see you this summer in Paris…virtually!

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“Where’s the next book?” An answer.

The last three years have been…interesting. I wrote one book – this time for adults. (Psychological thriller/horror set in Siberia.) It didn’t sell. I rewrote it to be YA…with a boy as main character. My agent suggested it would be better with a girl. I rewrote it again with a girl main character. We tried to sell it…and failed.

I wrote a full-length film with a friend – a rom com. It was our first screenplay, so we knew it was basically just practice, and that’s what it turned out to be. A really fun idea, but not terribly well executed.

I wrote a short film called “Kewpid and Psych-ee” for an upcoming TV series “WHATEVER AFTER” which was selected for and screened at the Marseille Web Fest (among others).

I wrote a middle-grade comedy genie book, which I sent to my agent last year, and which she loved but says needs a bit more work. (She’s right.)

Then I ghost-wrote a upper middle-grade book, which I just finished before Christmas.

In between time, to pay the rent, I translated a book from French to English, taught teen writing workshops in Paris, and did all sorts of other little projects for TV and books, finally taking a 3-day per week job writing TV commercials in English for a big ad agency located a block from  my house. I chose it so I could come home to walk Obi, fix the kids lunch on Wednesdays (1/2 day school in France), and take the occasional lunchtime nap.

I’m telling you all of this to answer your question: Where’s the next book? The answer: it’s coming! I’m not sure what form it will take, but being a writer is not an easy job when you are supporting a family smack dab in the center of Paris. The important thing is that I am still writing. And there is definitely much more to come.

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Teen Writing Workshop in Paris!

Write Paris

Teen Writing Workshop

Oct 23-27, 2019 (school vacation)

Writing, learning & creativity in some of Paris’s most inspiring locations.

With international bestselling author Amy Plum.

Mornings: Amy’s spacious Bastille apartment. Afternoons: On-location, writing.

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Day 1: Creating Credible Characters (The Louvre)

Day 2: World Building (Musée Nissim de Camondo)

Day 3: Spellbinding Settings (Père Lachaise Cemetery)

Day 4: Diverting Dialogues (le Centquatre)

Day 5: The Hero’s Journey (la Cité de l’architecture)

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Includes:

  • Methodology (where writers find their ideas, how to publish a book, etc.)
  • Craft games to build writing skills
  • Major building blocks of writing (1 topic per day)
  • Confidence-building for creatives
  • Give and receive positive and constructive critiques

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10:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday through Sunday

500 euros per person, ages 12-18. Tuition includes writing materials and all visits.

 

Sign up: contact Amy amy@amyplumbooks.com

http://www.amyplumbooks.com/?p=7050

print the flyer: WritingWorkshopOct2019

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Notre Dame Cathedral (written 2 hours after the fire started)

I snapped this pic of Notre Dame Cathedral on April 1, 2 weeks before the fire as I walked back home from the Shakespeare and Company teen book club.

Notre Dame, April 1 (2 weeks pre-fire) walking home from Shakespeare & Company Teen Book Club.

As the flames continue at Notre Dame, I sit in my apartment just 20 minutes’ walk away, and am truly heart-sick.

The cathedral, along with the Cluny Museum, were what sparked my passion for medieval art. I lived near both when I was 23 and visited them often…first to gawk, then to absorb, then to study. I went on to get my master’s degree in medieval art history. Gothic architecture was a large part of my coursework.

I have spent so much time in the cathedral, on my own, with my kids, and with friends. Most memorably was for Easter Sunday mass, with my late mother around 25 years ago. We were both overwhelmed by the throng of people, the incense, and the grandeur of the building, and had to go sit in the garden outside.

In the last couple of years, it has consistently shown up in my Instagram feed, since I walk by it once a month, on my way to the teen book club I host at Shakespeare and Company, which is directly across the river from it.

Notre Dame is so much more than a church. It’s a symbol, and truly serves as the heart of France. One of my first thoughts was that though the Nazis didn’t succeed in blowing it up (as Hitler had planned), now, 74 years later, it is burning.

Let’s hope that when the flames subside there is enough left to rebuild. What a tragedy.

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DREAMFALL LIVE

This is one of the most exciting promotions I’ve done with any of my 10 books!!!

8 teenage writers have agreed to play the characters from the DREAMFALL series on social media.

From July 7 – August 7, they are posting about their experiences and are ready to answer questions from you about DREAMFALL or their backstories.

From August 7, after NEVERWAKE releases, they are ready to answer any of your questions about NEVERWAKE…or after! (I have given them exclusive information about their futures long after the series ends. To find out how Cata, Fergus, Ant, Remi, BethAnn, Sylvain, George, and Jaime end up, all you have to do is ask!)

And to get the questions rolling in, I am giving away prizes! Each week I will give 1 prize to a question sent to each character. So if you ask each character a question, you will have 8 chances at a prize…per week! Check their Twitter and Instagram accounts for info on the week’s giveaway.

Here are the  profiles and links to their accounts. In the meta-universe of their social media accounts, they just underwent a radical experiment to cure their chronic insomnia, and are able to answer all of your questions to the end of Dreamfall.

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Georgina (George) is 15 and is from Princeton. Sinclair describes her as a “band chick” (black straight shoulder-length hair, straight bangs, cat eyeliner, yin-yang tattoo). She has bone-dry humor, is confident, tough enough to be a little scary, and a clear leader. For some reason, she is the only one who shows up in the nightmares dressed differently each time. (*Hint* this is important) And there is a very good reason I can’t tell you more about her. *cough cough*

Instagram: @CallMeGeorge_30

Twitter: @callmegeorge_30

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BethAnn Lindstrom (19) BethAnn was 16 when her developmentally disabled younger sister drowned while under her supervision. At 19, she has spent the last three years racked with guilt and severe depression, and the anti-depressants she needs keep her from sleeping. Anorexic and seemingly physically and emotionally fragile, BethAnn is much stronger than she appears.

Instagram: @BethAnnLindstrom

Twitter: @BethDoesntSleep

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Remi Amadi, 15, is the survivor of an African genocide, where he witnessed the slaughter of his family. He escaped from the soldiers by playing dead, and was found pinned under the dead body of his older brother by an international rescue organization. He relocated to a refugee cap until his aunt came for him and brought him to Minnesota. He suffers post-traumatic stress disorder, which manifests in night terrors, insomnia, and hyperrealistic flashbacks. He has survivor’s syndrome and crippling guilt for not being able to save his family. In the dreams, his only goal is escape.

Instagram: @RemiAmadi_Dreamfall

Twitter: @amadi_remi

 

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Antonia Gates is a 13-year-old with a uniquely analytical way of seeing the world. Her penchant for boys’ clothes, a chullo hat, and fingerless gloves makes most people assume she’s a boy. She’s obsessive compulsive and is on the autism spectrum (high functioning, with an IQ of 160) and uses tapping, her accessories, and writing in her notebook to self soothe.

The teen playing Ant on Instagram and Twitter is uniquely qualified: she is on the spectrum herself and was my sensitivity reader for the DREAMFALL series!

Instagram: Ant_Gates113

Twitter: @gates_ant113

 

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Jaime Salvator (20) is a pre-med student at Yale who is observing the experiment to fulfill a 6-hour field experience requirement. Jaime grew up in a bad neighborhood of Detroit and dreams of opening a free medical clinic in the neighborhood. We see the world outside the Dreamfall (in the lab) from Jaime’s POV. Jaime is torn between helping the subjects who Jaime believes to be dreaming and respecting the authority of the doctors in charge, who believe them to be comatose. Jaime’s gender is never revealed. (Dad Hispanic & mom African-American)

Instagram: @jaime_salvator_yale

Twitter: @SalvatorYale

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Sinclair Hartford (17) seems the typical spoiled rich kid from New York’s Upper East Side. But underneath his movie star looks (generated by his subconscious mind…yes, he really thinks he looks like Nicholas Hoult) lurks a dangerous psychopath who cares only about his own survival.

Instagram:  @Sinclair_hartford

Twitter: @SinclairJasonH1

 

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Cata Cordova 16. Grew up in Georgia with a violent father who grew even more abusive after her mother died. She finally broke her silence, told a school counselor, and Child Protective Services removed her from her home. She lives now in Tennessee with her late mother’s friend, Barbara, but her PTSD and guilt from leaving her brother and sister with their dad has given her chronic insomnia.

Instagram: @CataCordova16

Twitter: @CataCordova16

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Fergus Willson. At 18, all he wants to do is leave home, where he is subjected to endless ridicule and criticism over the narcolepsy his father thinks is all in his mind. He has tried to desensitize himself against the emotions that trigger his cataplectic attacks by binge-watching horror movies and tattooing his forearm with a reminder to “DFF”—Don’t fucking feel.

Instagram: @FergusWills0n

Twitter: @Ferguswills0n

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