I had an absolute blast at AWP16 this past weekend!
I’m so grateful to everyone who came to my panel Staging the Story: Screenwriting Techniques for YA Fiction and saw me, Cori, Amy Rose, and Jennifer chat up a storm. It was a lively and wonderful discussion with a packed room! We talked story structure, visual storytelling, creative limitations, scene building, dialog, gesture, and how to use cinematic techniques for both contemporary YA and genre YA. It was truly awesome. I loved talking craft with these wicked smart ladies.
Thank you also to everyone who came up to say hello after the panel. It’s been lovely to meet you and I’m so happy to hear the panel had you scribbling down notes and sparking light bulbs about your creative work.
I referenced several plot charts, books, and movies in our discussion. If you’re interested, here are the links to those resources:
- Plot and structure chart I shared: What is Arch Plot Design?
- Creation process of the plot chart for my YA novel All We Left Behind: Obsessed with Story Structure
- My book recommendations on screenwriting structure and plot: Monster List of Writing Craft Books
- Opening scene from the movie Whiplash: Whiplash Opening Scene
Also, please feel free to email me if you have questions. Use the contact page here on the website. You can also join my totally awesome reader group for more writing tips, information on events and books, and general fabulousness: Ingrid’s Totally Awesome Reader Group
This was my first time attending AWP and it was a whirlwind of fun! I went to several incredible panels and my imagination and intellectual brain are dancing with excitement. I plan to do a write up of some of the tips I learned in those panels here on the blog. So stay tuned!
Happy writing everyone!
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