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Speaker Profile - Ginny Myers Sain


Region: Oklahoma
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Ginny Myers Sain is the bestselling author of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES (2021) and SECRETS SO DEEP (2022), both from Razorbill Books/Penguin Teen. Although she comes from a long line of writers, her first love has always been the theatre. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career teaching acting and directing plays and musicals. ​Ginny currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you're likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, traveling to spooky places, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World. 

Presentation Description:

I love to speak (both virtually and in-person) to writers' groups and conferences, theatre groups, teachers and librarians, and junior high and high school students!

Possible topics for writers include:

-What Writers Can Learn from Actors

-How to Use Physical Action Like a Playwright

-How to Craft Dialogue Like a Playwright

-How to Plot the Perfect Murder (Mystery!)

-More Than a Place: Making Setting a Character in Your Story

-Writing Along the Edge: Adding Tension and Suspense to Your Writing

Possible topics for teachers and librarians include:

-Why Contemporary YA Deserves a Spot on Your Bookshelf

-Lighting the Darkness: Why Kids Need Dark Stories

-Engaging Literature or Creative Writing Students with Theatre Games

Possible topics for junior high and high school students include:

-A Peak Behind the Pages: The Truth About Writing, Revising, and Publishing a Book

-Using Drama Games and Exercises to Improve Your Writing

-Keeping it Real: A Process Workshop for Young Actors

-Building Character: Bringing Realistic Characters to Life on the Stage or on the Page

-Writers' Workshops or Small Group Intensives for Young Writers, Playwrights, Actors, or Directors

Have your own idea for a special workshop or event for your group? Let me know what you have in mind!