Kerrie Flanagan

Freelance Writer  Author  Publisher  Writing Consultant

I am available to speak at writer's conferences, libraries, schools, writer's groups or at any other event or group looking to reach out to writers. If you are interested in having me at your next conference or event, contact me via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Presenatation Topics

Here are the topics I currently present. These can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of your event or group. I can also create a new presentation to meet your unique needs. 

  

Is Self-Publishing Right for You?

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Objective: To give participants an overview of the self-publishing process with print on demand and ebooks so they can make an informed decision about whether or not they want to pursue this path.
Length: 1-2 hours
Category: Business of writing
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Workshop Format: Presentation
We live in a time where writers have many publishing options. Gone are the days when the only feasible way to get your book into the hands of readers was to get it published by a traditional publisher. Now, with the rise of the Internet and E-Readers, those who are interested in self-publishing have many options. This workshop explores the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, shares the process of self-publishing, provides self-publishing resources and explains pitfalls to avoid.  You will leave with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about whether or not self-publishing is the direction you want to go.
 

5 Things you Must Know to Write For Magazines

Objective: Participants will understand the basic process of writing for magazines and how to increase their chances of getting published.
Length: 1 hour
Category: Nonfiction, Journalism
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Workshop Format: Presentation
To increase your chances of finding success as a freelance writer, there are five key strategies you must use. This workshop covers each strategy, providing you with innovative ways to gain insight into a publication and help you understand the process of magazine writing. You will leave with all the tools and basic information needed to begin submitting to magazines and be on your way to seeing your name in print.
 
 

How to Write and Sell Magazine Articles

Objective: Participants will understand all the components of writing for magazines and will have all the necessary tools to begin the process of submitting queries.
Length: 4-6 hours
Category: Nonfiction, Journalism
Level: All Levels
Workshop Format: Presentation and writing actives
Through lecture, discussions and activities, this class will show writers that with the right tools, knowledge and understanding of how the magazine world works, having articles published and being paid for them, is definitely possible. Over the course of this workshop participants will learn how to study a magazine, understand submission guidelines, learn the different types of articles, understand submission etiquette, learn how to write a query letter and learn how to get more assignments. Participants will leave knowing what it takes to become successful magazine writers.
 
 


Writing and Selling Personal Essays

Objective: Participants will understand the components of an effective personal essay and how and where to submit them.
Length: 1-2 hours
Category: Creative Nonfiction
Level: All Levels
Workshop Format: Presentation for shorter workshop and Presentation/activities for longer workshop
Personal stories give us a way to connect with others and reflect on our own lives. Based on the continued success of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, this is a genre people enjoy reading. We all have stories and writing personal essays is the perfect way to share those experiences with others. During this workshop, participants will learn the components of an effective personal essay, look at examples, and learn where and how to submit essays for publication.
 
 


Building Your Author Platform with Magazine Articles

Objective: Participants will understand the importance of using magazine articles to build an author  platform and understand how to begin the process.
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Category: Business of writing, Promotion
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Workshop Format: Presentation and activities
Whether you’re writing novels or are trying to position yourself as an expert for your nonfiction books, writing and submitting magazine articles is a great way to reach a larger audience and build your platform. This presentation will cover the basics of magazine writing including coming up with ideas, finding your target market, writing an effective query and getting more assignments. In addition, it will cover the reasons why writing for magazines is an important and effective marketing tool that many authors do not take advantage of.
 
 


Finding the Right Literary Agent for You

Objective: Participants will understand the role of agents and how to best approach them about representation.
Length: 1 hour
Category: Business of writing
Levels: All Levels
Workshop Format: Presentation
Over the past ten years as a conference planner and workshop organizer, Kerrie Flanagan has had the opportunity to meet, interview, dine and work with dozens of literary agents. During this session, she will share insider information about what agents are really looking for, how best approach them and what to avoid. The checklist she provides will increase your odds of finding the literary agent that is right for you.
 
 


Tapping Into Creativity for Writers

Objective: Participants will understand how creativity works and how to apply it to their writing life.
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Category: All writers
Levels: All Levels
Workshop Format: Presentation
What exactly is creativity and how can it be tapped into to make the writing process easier and our writing more appealing to readers? How can writers get into the “flow” state faster regardless of environment? By exploring these questions and examining the science behind creativity, you will have a better understanding of the creative process. In addition, the practical tools shared will help you best utilize your creativity while writing. It doesn’t matter if you are writing poetry, fiction or nonfiction, knowing how to tap into your creativity will make you a more productive and well-balanced writer.
 


Writing Effective Dialogue

Objective: Participants will understand different ways to approach dialogue for different purposes.
Length: 1-2 hours
Category: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and nonfiction
Levels: This can be adapted toward various levels of writers
Workshop Format: Presentation and writing activities
Dialogue is more than just people talking. It is a powerful tool to develop characters, show emotion, show setting and move the plot along. By dissecting examples of good dialogue and participating in a variety of creative writing exercises, participants will have a better understanding of the different purposes for dialogue and how to implement those into their own writing.
 
 


Bringing Characters to Life

Objective: Participants will learn techniques to add depth to their characters.
Length: 1-2 hours
Category: Fiction and Creative nonfiction
Levels: This one can be adapted toward various levels of writers
Workshop Format: Presentation for shorter workshop and Presentation/activities for longer workshop
Intriguing characters are the backbone of any good story. By examining characters motives, fears, desires, upbringing and other characters traits, you add depth, bringing them to life for your reader and making them each unique. This workshop explore how successful authors do this in their writing. Then participants will learn and practice effective techniques like point of view descriptions and dialogue and begin to apply those to their own characters.
 
 

8 Components of Successful Writing

Objective: Participants will understand various ways to organize their writing life and become more productive writers.
Length: 1-1.5 hours
Category: Writing life
Levels: Beginner-Intermediate
Workshop Format: Presentation
Talented writers are born, successful writers are created. In the writing world, talent will only take you so far. Behind every successful writer are work habits and organization skills that provide the foundation for success. This workshop will explore 8 key components, that when applied, will make you a more productive and efficient writer, enabling you to stay in the game and find the writing success you are seeking.