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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.