Monday, December 29, 2014

Local Author Gives Back to Youth

Award-winning author to teach free advanced writing program at Suntree Library 


Melbourne, Florida, December 28, 2014 — “My books are meant to entertain, inspire, and empower the next generation.” –Jaimie M. Engle

One of Jaimie M. Engle’s favorite aspects of being an author is sharing what she has learned with kids who are excited about writing. In 2015, she will be offering a free creative writing program for advanced writers. The program will be held at Suntree Public Library located at 902 Jordan Blass Dr. in Melbourne under the guidance of Youth Coordinator Scott Hague. Classes will run from 4:30-5:30 on the 4th Thursday of the month during January, February, March, May, August, September, and October.

What can students expect?

Students will have time to practice in class, and if they don't finish they can choose to complete the assignment at home or not. Homework is optional. “My goal is to get students excited about expanding their writing skills beyond character, plot, and setting using advanced techniques to deepen their stories,” explained Engle. The class will be very fun and interactive, encouraging kids to write about what they love and to get outside of their comfort zones. Students must have substantial writing experience.

   “You inspired our somewhat apathetic learner to strive for excellence in his writing skills. Thank you!” –Becky & Steve Hoyle, homeschool parents

Many young writers know about the main pillars of novel construction, such as character, plot, setting, and theme. During this FREE program, they will learn how to implement minor touches that will transform their stories into potential novels, such as:

• Plotting Coincidence
• Forcing Change
• Motivation & Lies
• Tension
• Tell, Don’t Show
• Calm Before Storms
• Seeing the Story god
World Building

Incorporation of a seven step revision process, basic query letters, and submission practices will be included.

Students will learn:

1)        A written, tested process for editing their own manuscripts through revising, reading aloud, and playing back recorded clips before submitting to beta readers for final stage revisions
2)        How to incorporate techniques that will deepen the reality of the story world and the real life existence of make believe characters using characters in literature as examples
3)        Understand the proper formatting and purpose of a query letter, how to construct one, and how to submit to agents and editors

Students from 13 and up are welcome to attend.

Author Bio

Jaimie M. Engle is a freelance writer for Space Coast Living Magazine and several other publications. She published her debut middle-grade novel, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, in 2013 and signed with her agent shortly thereafter. Engle is a national conference and classroom speaker, writing coach, editor and regularly teaches writing to Homeschool students. She volunteers with elementary schools & offers free library writing programs. Visit to learn more.

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