Speaker Profile - Kim Briggs

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Region: Pennsylvania: East
Age Levels: 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Bio:

Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice. 

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17 year old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. 

But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall releases in November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing, followed by Starr Lost in January 2017.

 Her New Adult Dark Thriller, AND THEN HE, is available here: PRESS ME  

Kim is the Co-Regional Advisor to SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Through SCBWI, she met her writing group, Ink Sisters. The Sisters destruct plot like ninja warriors. 

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees. 

Visit her website and sign up for updates: www.KimBriggsWrite.com

Chat with her on Twitter: @KimBriggs_Write

She shares writing love with her INK Sister Alison Green Myers at INK Sisters Write http://INKSistersWrite.Blogspot.com 



Presentation Description:

Kim Briggs grabs her audience by the throat and doesn’t let go until each attendee possesses a firm grasp of the topic she is presenting. As a high school English teacher, Kim uses interactive activities to engage even the most reluctant of students. She’s trained under public speaking expert Peter Jacobi, and she continues to push her presentations whether keynote speaker or workshop leader to the next level of interaction and audience excitement. Below are just a few topics Kim has presented. She’s always game to try new topics and willing to work with you to tailor her presentation to meet your audience’s need. Email her at KimBriggsWrite@gmail.com.

It’s All About Character:

The Character Interview

Powerful characters steal the hearts of the readers
and lead them through the story. A weak, non-developed character doesn’t
inspire anyone. Go on a shopping trip with Kim to develop your characters to
the best of the ability, and once your purchases are made, she’ll show you how
to bring those characters to life.

 

Novel Nuts & Bolts Round Table 3-Part Writer Event

Dig into your completed manuscript with Kim
Briggs, the author of the Starr Fall series.

Through Round Table Format, you’ll focus on
your manuscript with Kim and the other attendees to figure out what’s working,
what isn’t, and how to make it the best manuscript it can be. You’ll also work
on your query letter, comp titles, and who you should submit to.

Get In. Get out. 

A Flash Fiction Workshop

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 to be announced
the day of the workshop. Participants should possess an active imagination, an
intense desire to write, and come ready to tear into some flash fiction.

By the end of the two hour
intensive, each writer will leave with the makings of his or her own flash
fiction, along with a list of flash fiction contests and publications
specifically tailored to teen writers.

 

Hit the Ground Running

Workshop 

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.
 

Participants should possess an
active imagination, an intense desire to write, and a familiarity with at least
one of the above mentioned young adult novels.  
Participants may bring a Work-in-Progress, but it is not a requirement
of the workshop.

By the end of the two hour
intensive, each writer will leave with a firm understanding of what makes an
attention getting first page, and the makings of his or her own Hit the Ground
Running First page.

 

Writing Swoon-Worthy Scenes 

What would a YA novel be without
swoon-worthy romance? Without racing pulses, burning eyes, and those tiny,
accidental, brushes of the hand that make readers go weak in the knees?

Whether your genre is contemporary,
science fiction, dystopian, fantasy or mystery, if you’re writing a young adult
novel, romance 
you’ll likely have romance woven
into your story.

In this two hour intensive, we will
examine swoon-worthy scenes in well-known YA novels, Eleanor & Park and
Fangirl, along with a few other surprises. We’ll figure out just what makes
these scenes swoon-worthy.

In this unique four-day workshop, we
will talk about the major components needed to build believable romance:
tension, chemistry, physicality, dialogue, and character growth through
relationships.

 Create your own swoon-worthy scene. Come with
a lackluster scene in hand, and by the end of the workshop, your readers will
swoon.

 

Look Once, Look Again

Critical Analysis in Children’s Literature

Once
thought the stuff of babes, children’s literature now serves as a place to
discover the intricacies of our world. Kim Briggs will discuss strategies for
uncovering both self and world connections in children’s books. She
will explore both classic and contemporary pieces from picture book through young
adult novels.

By
bringing a critical lens to children’s books, participants will understand the
visual and cultural dimensions present in each work we cover.

Thanks for checking out my presentation descriptions. Please email me at KimBriggsWrite@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.