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Presentation Categories

Magazines and Freelancing

Business of Writing

The Writing Life

Craft of Writing

Presentation Topics

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With nearly 20 years experience in the publishing industry, I have many topics I can speak about. Here are workshops I have presentended at conferences or taught as classes. These can be personlized to meet your specific needs. If there is a subject that interests you but it is not listed, contact me and we can talk more about it. 


New Sessions

The Scoop on Audiobooks

Objective: To give participants an overview of the audiobook industry so they can decide if this is an area they want to pursue with their traditional or self-published books. 
Length: 1 hour
Category: Business of Writing
Level: All
Workshp Format: Presentation
Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry. With smart phones, speakers like Alexa and bluetooth technology, people are listening to more audio content while cooking, driving, exercising or sitting on the sofa. Now is the perfect time for authors to venture into the world of audiobooks, but there are important things to understand before taking that step. In this workshop, I will cover the listening and buying habits of audiobook consumers, the variety of options for publishing an audiobook and the components that go into a successful audiobook.

Ghostwriting, There’s Nothing Scary About it

Objective: Participants will learn about Ghostwriting and the basics of what it takes to become a ghostwriter
Length: 1 hour
Category: Business of Writing
Level: Intermediate-advanced
Worshop format: Presentation
Ghostwriting tends to be an elusive concept for many writers. There is a mystery surrounding what it is and how it works. This workshop will explore these ideas as well as discuss: why people become ghostwriters; how to get started; what does it really entail; what kind of jobs are available; and where do you find them. I will share my own experineces and tips on what worked and didn't work for me. You will leave with enough understanding of ghostwriting to decide if it is an area of writing you want to pursue in the future.

Magazines & Freelancing

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: Magazines & Freelancing
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 of these five, 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: Magazines & Freelancing
Level: All Levels
Workshop Format: Presentation and writing activities
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 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, magazines & freelance
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.
 

The Business Side of Writing

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 trying to position yourself as an expert for your nonfiction books, magazine articles are 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.
Is Self-Publishing Right for You?
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
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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 through a traditional publisher. Now, with the rise of digital platforms, ebooks and print on demand,  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 g

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
During my decade as a writing conference planner and workshop organizer, I have had the opportunity to meet, interview, socialize and work with dozens of literary agents. During this session, I will share insider information about what agents are really looking for, how best approach them and what to avoid. The checklist I provides will increase your odds of finding the literary agent that is right for you.
 

The Writing Life

Tapping Into Creativity for Writers
Objective: Participants will understand the science behind the creative process and how to harness that creativity 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,  examining the science behind creativity, and using the practical tools shared, you will have a better understanding of the creative process and how to tap into it during your writing time. 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.
 
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.
 

The Craft of Writing


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 motives, fears, desires, upbringing and other traits, you add depth to your characters, bringing them to life for your reader and making each personality unique. This workshop explores how successful authors do this in their writing. Then participants will learn and practice effective techniques such as, point of view descriptions and dialogue and begin to apply those to your own writing.