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Speaker Profile - Silvia Acevedo


Region: Wisconsin
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Silvia Acevedo is an award-winning journalist and novelist. In her 20 years in news, she's interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and given breaking news reports for CNN and local television and radio stations around the country. She guest hosted a morning talk show for the Milwaukee NBC station and continues to write for various news publications. Silvia's fiction focuses on fantasy and mythology. Her books include God Awful Loser, God Awful Thief, and God Awful Rebel, winner of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' SPARK AWARD for older readers. Silvia is co-regional advisor for SCBWI-Wisconsin.

Presentation Description:

For writers of all ages:


Is Self-Publishing Right for You?

Some of the world’s most famous authors self- published their work. Even traditionalist authors are considering self-publishing — and for good reason. The growing ease of self-publishing, the explosion of hybrid publishers, and the pivot by traditional publishers who are creating self-publishing imprints has many creators thinking they too can do it all themselves. Join Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series, SCBWI’s first regional Indie/Self- Publishing Coordinator, and Wisconsin’s Assistant Regional Advisor, as she talks about self- publishing’s pros and cons, the major methods, and how to determine if it’s right for you. 


Focus on Feedback: How to Start (or Join) a Critique Group and Make the Most of Criticism

Creating is so often a solitary endeavor that writers and illustrators may lack the feedback needed to improve their craft. One great solution is to join or create a critique group, but how exactly do you do that? And what should you expect? Join Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series and 10-year crit-group whiz, as she talks us through connecting with other creators, establishing submission guidelines, best practices for insightful critiques, and following through with your new friends.


Creating Wickedly Wonderful Unreliable Narrators
Whether they’re shrewd or naïve, instigators or backstabbers, whether they have their own agenda or just see things differently, the bias of unreliable narrators makes their tale more complex and entertaining. Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series, explains what makes narrators unreliable, shows us how to spot them, and explains how we can exploit them to give readers early insight – or have them guessing to the very end. Don’t miss this chance to explore this crowd-pleasing, tale-twisting technique.


World Building
What is world building and how can it pull readers into your story? Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series, presents the paramount principals of world building and how you can use each point to expand or shrink the struggles of your protagonist and the expanse of your tale. Bring a notebook for some writing drills or a few selections of your work in progress that showcase an aspect of your world. 


For school-aged audiences:


Flipping Your Teenage Drama into a Teenage Publishing Dream
For middle school and up, especially those interested in writing.
You. Teenager. You know drama. Between school, friends, crushes, sports, jobs, and family, there’s a lot in your life that you can turn into amazing stories – and you even have that teenage voice that so many publishers seek! Silvia Acevedo, author of GOD AWFUL series, shows you how to write about what you deal with on a daily basis – and how to turn that into an awesome story that you can publish using today’s new media.


Let’s Make a Scene!
For middle school and up, especially those interested in writing.
Have you ever wondered why some books made you feel like you were in the thick of the action? Like you could step right into the page? Join Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series, as she discusses the techniques that authors use to pull that off and how paying attention can make you a better reader. 


Dragons, Gods, and Fantastical Places
For upper elementary school and up, general interest.
Join Silvia Acevedo, author of the GOD AWFUL series, as she talks about the power of fantasy and mythology as a deep well of inspiration for her fiction – and how popular series have made it all cool again.


It’s Time to Talk
For upper elementary school and up, general interest.
Characters that feel real enough to step off the page have a dialogue that draws you in. Author Silvia Acevedo helps you discover the techniques that authors use to give characters interesting and unique voices that readers can’t forget. Ready your pen because writers in the audience will attempt to capture the speech and style of a few of their favorite characters. Ms. Acevedo is the author of the GOD AWFUL series.


What do writers do?

For elementary and middle schools.


I flew up in the sky and then ...   

For elementary and middle schools.


Me? (*Gulp*) Yes, you! You can write! 

For elementary schools.


How a book is made

For elementary schools.