Livia Blackburne
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Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. In July of 2015, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great short
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Created by a NY Times Bestselling Author! Lesson three is about characterization. Students learn the tips and tricks that make a well rounded character. Through brainstorming exercises, mock interviews, and character autobiographies, students
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Created by a NY Times Bestselling Author! Lesson two is all about figuring out what to write. Sometimes the muse is ready to meet us, but other times we have to go look for her. This presentation leads students through eleven writing prompts.
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Created by a NY Times Bestselling Author! Lesson four is about plot. What drives a plot and keeps the reader engaged? Students will learn basic plot structure, from inciting incident to climax, as well as tips for organizing everything in between.
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Created by a New York Times Bestselling Author! Lesson seven is about book cover design, because what is a book without a cover? Rather than focus on the technical aspects of design, we take a bigger picture approach here. What is a cover supposed
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Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. Before becoming an author, I conducted research on the neuroscience of reading in children at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These lessons
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Created by a NY Times Bestselling Author! Lesson five is about setting and description. How do writers bring an entire world to life through simple words? Students will learn the secrets of precise and descriptive prose and how to filter a
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Created by a NY Times Bestselling Author! Writing is rewriting, as they say, and this lesson will give your student the tools to turn their first draft into something truly special. Students learn about the three levels of revision structural
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Hi! I'm Livia Blackburne, author of the NY Times bestselling young adult novel Midnight Thief. In July of 2015, I ran a week long creative writing camp for middle and high school students. We had a ton of fun, and the students wrote some great short
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I teach writing workshops for children and adults in my capacity as a working author. Before that, I was an academic neuroscientist and served as a teaching assistant for several undergraduate psychology classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try for a lot of interaction in my lectures. I like to ask questions and guide students to the answer rather than present it outright. I'm also a fan of writing exercises, games, and learning-by-doing approaches.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

New York Times Bestseller Author Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

A.B. Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University (2004) Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I've taken a roundabout path to figuring out what I wanted to do. After a childhood spent reading and writing stories, I put away my bookish tendencies to study science, with the goal of teaching at a liberal arts college. In graduate school, I started a novel on a whim, and it turned out much better than my dissertation! So now I write YA fantasy full time. Thankfully, I still have plenty of opportunities to teach, even if it's not in my original subject area.

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