14 Maggie Stiefvater in Conversation with Shannon Ozirny

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Maggie Stiefvater is a bestselling American author of young adult/urban fantasy novels, including the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, the Books of Faerie and her most recent series, the Raven Cycle. Her new book is The Dream Thieves. She lives in Virginia. @mstiefvater Read more

Host: Shannon Ozirny
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Performance Works
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

Master storyteller Maggie Stiefvater saw herself as an outsider. She was home-schooled and graduated at 16; “I wasn’t interested in high school at all.” But one thing she has always been passionate about is writing; it’s her way of processing the world. Before starting college, Stiefvater had written 30 unfinished novels. Fast- forward 10 years and behold a YA author whose books have sold 2 million copies worldwide, with hits including the Shiver series, The Scorpio Races and now The Raven Boys cycle, the second book of which, The Dream Thieves, will appear in September. Stiefvater takes the stage this morning to talk about her books, rebellion, early fame, the creative process and anything else that fans might want to ask.

Suitable for grades 8–12

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Maggie Stiefvater in Conversation with Shannon Ozirny

Books:

Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts: fantasy genre and creative writing process

Activities:

Different writers have different methods of putting together a story and a plot. Ask students to try these different methods for plot creation and character creation in order to discover which one suits their style best.

  • Brainstorming: Simply jot down as many ideas as possible, even ones that are not their own such as quotes. They can jump back and forth between setting, plot, and character. At the end, have students come up with a plot that can be summed up in one or two sentences.
  • Cue cards: Use cue cards to write down scenes and characters in a more organized fashion. Divide the plot into separate connecting scenes leading up to the climax and conclusion of the story. The cue cards can be shuffled to rearrange elements of the plot and the characters.
  • Freeform: Without preparing beforehand, ask students to come up with a very basic plot premise and a character they wish to use, and then begin writing. The purpose is to have the details of the plot and characters take shape as they go along. Does the journey of the story turn out unexpectedly even to the writer?

Have students pick an element of storytelling (plot premise, setting, character, a line of dialogue) and create all other elements around that one. Then pick another element and do the same. Which is easier? Does the plot come first, for example, or the characters? Or both at once?