Category: Transmedia Storytelling

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Book Festival Brings Out Teen Writers

Teens Exercise Writing Chops in Workshop with Maryland Writers Association Gaithersburg, Md. — On May 20, a group of seriously talented teen writers showed up for the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival’s Teen Writing Workshop, sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association, and led by poet Lucinda Marshall, and authors Robin Stevens Payes and Neal Gillen. Amid … Continued

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Story-Based Learning Portal Edge of Yesterday Launches

Edge of Yesterday (www.edgeofyesterday.com), a time travel adventure created by writer and author Robin Stevens Payes, is a digital learning platform for young teens with the aims to inspire future scientists and artists, historians and investigators by learning through story. Edge of Yesterday, under parent organization EOY Media, was inspired when Payes was writing a … Continued

What Do We Really Know After All?

What Do We Really Know After All?

Charley has just begun to plot her next adventure, a journey forward from Leonardo’s time to a period where the world was unevenly wakening to what it means to be fully alive, fully human. In the early to mid-1700s, most of humanity (at least in the Western world) was still firmly in the grips of … Continued

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

As the creator of Out of Time, I work across media. My novel is in its second draft now, drawn from the original screenplay. I started tweeting the story–line-by-line as is the most conventional practice in #TwitterFiction–until our heroine, Charley, took over the narrative. Her solution to tweet storytelling was to ask questions of the … Continued

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Excited that my intrepid new story editor Mari Lou is an expert on Middle Grades (MG) fiction. That, for the uninitiated (and me, among them!) is how publishers categorize novels geared towards 8-12 year olds, in particular. Notable classics in this genre: A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, and The Giver, which was recently released as … Continued

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

I am in rustic Rochester, Vermont, a contestant in Pitch Week II. I am deep in the throes of this midsummer nights competition–in the running for the publishing trifecta of a book deal, agent and publicist. As part of the contest, I am presenting my vision for a rebirth of learning based on the resonance … Continued

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

The Story, the Competition, and Bringing It All to Life

This is cross-posted from the EdTechWomen Blog — http://edtechwomen.com/blog/2014/6/12/outoftime Out of Time – The Story, The Competition, And Bringing It All To Life June 13, 2014 by Margaret Roth       By Margaret Roth There are many roads that can be taken on the the journey to inspiration and creation. For Robin Stevens Payes, … Continued

Out of Time Competes for Publishing Trifecta

Out of Time Competes for Publishing Trifecta

When Words Count Retreat Pitch Week II Competition, June 16-21 Robin Stevens Payes, author and creator of transmedia time travel storytelling novel, Out of Time, is among six finalists competing in the coming Pitch Week competition sponsored by When Words Count Retreat, June 16-21. Out of Time tells the story of Charley, a thirteen-year-old science … Continued

Out of Time Makes Finals!

Out of Time Makes Finals!

Pitch Week III is coming, the writing competition sponsored by the When Words Count Retreat in Vermont. And our entry for Out of Time was selected as a finalist. Okay, so we’re an alternate. But no matter how you phrase it, we’re in! Looking forward to meeting my fellow contestants at a “Meet the Judges” week … Continued

#TwitterFiction 2014: the Festival

#TwitterFiction 2014: the Festival

The Twitter Fiction Festival has begun. Charley is tweeting daily, although not with much enthusiasm for the form. I am following the hashtag #TwitterFiction on TweetDeck, but honestly, for all its vaunted potential, I find the content disappointing. Although Twitter, Andrew Fitzgerald (@MagicAndrew) and other organizers have held out for pushing the envelope on its … Continued