Keynote Speaker Spotlight on Bruce Coville: From Dreaming to Doing

Hey Folks!  From Dreaming to Doing is just two days away! Are you pumped? You better be with our amazing Keynote Speaker, Bruce Coville!

Mr.  Coville has published over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien. His works have appeared in a dozen languages and won children’s choice awards in as many states. He is also the founder of FULL CAST AUDIO, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings for family listening. Mr. Coville lives in Syracuse, New York with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville.

Mr. Coville will be giving two presentations this weekend. His Saturday Keynote  is “The Dance of Plot and Character”  ~ Writers are concerned about plot. Writers are concerned about character. But what we should really be concerned about is the ways in which plot and character intersect – how plot reveals character, and how character drives plot. In this presentation, Bruce Coville will focus on these dual, intertwined aspects of storytelling, as demonstrated in his famous “Puddle Story.”

On Sunday, he will be presenting “The Light Fantastic” ~ Fantasy is one of the most beloved branches of children’s literature. In this session veteran fantasy writer Bruce Coville (Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher) will provide an in-depth look at the hows and whys of writing fantasy, starting with an “annotated storytelling” of two chapters from the first book in his acclaimed Magic Shop series and concluding with a series of concrete tips to apply to your own writing.


How lucky are we?

Have a great Wednesday, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with some last-minute links and tips. See you then!


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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