The Story Summit Writer’s School
Interview with Directors, Amy Ferris and Debra Engle
On October 26, Story Summit Writer’s School Directors, Amy Ferris and Debra Engle, announced their new live, online school with a compelling curriculum for the 4th quarter of 2020. Both Amy and Debra are celebrated authors in their own right and have a passion, as teachers and coaches, to unlock the writing gifts in their mentees while creating a plan of action designed to help them finish their projects.
The first three classes announced are a powerful and unique mix of craft, genre, and joy, including a weekend intensive What a Character with faculty member, Richard C. Morais, author of the international bestseller, The Hundred-Foot Journey; A Very Hallmark Holiday featuring legendary Hallmark producer, Anne Carlucci: and Telling the Truth, spearheaded by Amy and Debra, themselves, designed to aid women, especially, in their pursuit of authentic writing voices that connect with the reader and/or viewer.
How do stories matter in 2021?
Amy Ferris: Stories matter in 2021 because we’ve all experienced this pandemic, being quarantined, a lot of aloneness, and a great deal of digging deep into our souls. I imagine 2021 will be filled with love stories and coming out stories and survival stories and stories that we were afraid to tell and share but now are necessary. I also believe that stories are what keep us inspired and encouraged; they make us feel less alone and less afraid and more folks feel obligated to share their stories.
I also am hopeful that 2021 will be filled with stories that are about tenacity and being fearless and standing up and speaking up. Stories will always, always matter — always — because after all, it begins with the word.
What is the role for celebrated writers and artists in the development of the storytellers of tomorrow?
Debra Engle: Every generation of artists will find their own way, but we all learn from those who have come before. Who better to teach aspiring writers than those who have found success and know what it takes? Celebrated writers and artists pass down techniques and insider tips that they’ve honed…