Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Author
Kimberley, BC
Awards

The Word Guild Awards - Best Young Adult Novel (Winner, 2017)

Genres

Graphic Novels, Junior fiction (Ages 8-12), Intermediate Fiction (Ages 10-14), Middle Years Fiction (Hi-Lo) (Ages 10-14), Non-fiction, Picture books

Biography

Kevin Miller is a prolific writer, editor, filmmaker, and educator with over 100 books to his credit as well as a dozen films. Originally from Foam Lake, SK, he now makes his home in Kimberley, BC. In addition to writing and editing, Kevin speaks and teaches extensively across Canada, the US, and internationally, conducting writing workshops for children, teens, and adults. Although Kevin has worked on a wide variety of projects over the years, these days he is focusing on books for children and middle grade readers, including picture books, a novel series (the Milligan Creek series), and graphic novels. Kevin is available to speak on a wide variety of subjects related to the crafts of writing, editing, and filmmaking. 

Presentations
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How to Develop a Solid Story Premise

Developing a solid leaping-off point for your story is one of the most important and yet most difficult aspects of writing. In this fun, interactive workshop, Kevin walks students through the premise-development process, develops a story idea together with the students, and then gets them to write a short scene based on what they have created. This is one of Kevin's most popular workshop, which he has done with hundreds of students. 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: I bill myself out in half-day and full-day segments. Please see my website for details.

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Seven Steps to a Solid Story Structure

Second only to coming up with an engaging story premise, developing a solid story structure is something many writers struggle with most. In this workshop, Kevin reveals a foolproof seven-step story structure that can be used for everything from children's picture books to feature films. After he outlines the structure, he shows students several examples of it from popular books and films and then develops a story with the class based on a premise he provides.

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: I bill myself out in half-day and full-day segments. Please see my website for details.

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Creating Compelling Characters

A good plot appeals to a reader's mind, but "real," compelling characters grab hold of readers' hears and pull them through the story. Fictional characters are a lot like real characters, with multiple dimensions that make them interesting and unpredictable. In this workshop, Kevin reveals the keys to creating compelling fictional characters as well as the key character archetypes every story requires. 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: I bill myself out in half-day and full-day segments. Please see my website for details.

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What Are Stories, and Why Do We Tell Them?

From the moment humans developed the capacity to reflect on their existence, they developed another skill: the ability to tell stories. This is one of a handful of things that separates humans from other animals. The question is, what are stories, really? What function do they serve? What do all great stories have in common? In this workshop, Kevin answers all these questions by revealing the hidden structure and function of every story, from jokes to feature films, and the transformative power of story in regard to how we live our lives. 

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: I bill myself out in half-day and full-day segments. Please see my website for details.