Sample Presentations (since 2000)

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“Writing for the Educational Market.” Highlights Founders Workshop with co-presenter Jan Fields, Boyds Mills, PA. Annual: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Emcee, Festival of the Written Word, Prairie Arts Council, Princeton, IL, 2018. 


“The Heat of Inspiration, the Cool Control of Revision.” Poetry Day, co-sponsored by Eastern Pennsylvania SCBWI and Lancaster Public Library, 2017


“Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets.” Highlights Founders Workshop. Boyds Mills, PA, 2013, 2014


“Reach a Million Readers: Write for the Children’s Magazine Market.” SCBWI shop talk, Lisle Library, 2013; SCBWI shop talk, Champaign, IL, 2012 


“Action/Adventure Stories.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2012


“Refining Fiction: Advanced Techniques for Children’s Writers.” Highlights Founders Workshop. Boyds Mills, PA, 2011


“My Manuscript Is Perfect: Now What?” SCBWI Bloomington/Normal (IL) Network, 2011


“Stories That Rhyme: It ALL Matters.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2011


“Good versus Great.” Ozark Writers and Illustrators for Children, Springfield, MO, 2011


“Marketing Your Craft.” Ozark Writers and Illustrators for Children, Springfield, MO, 2011


“Parrots at Home in Illinois.” Princeton (IL) Public Library, 2010


“Reviewing Children's Books.” Delta Kappa Gamma, Princeton, IL, 2010


“Publishing Local History.” LaSalle (IL) Rotary Club, 2010; Peru (IL) Public Library, 2009


“Writing Fiction for Children’s Magazines.” Highlights Founders Workshop, Boyds Mills, PA, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009


“Tasty Tales.” Raymond A Sapp Memorial Library, Wyanet, IL, 2008


Keynote: “Gourmet Writing.” Fall Conference, Michigan SCBWI, 2008


“Art Samples That Sell.” Fall Conference, Michigan SCBWI, 2008; Western Pennsylvania SCBWI, Fall Conference, 2004; Spring Workshop, Rocky Mountain SCBWI, 2000


“Boxing Day Books.” Editors Day Panel, Off Campus Writers Workshop, Highland Park, IL, 2008


“After the Acceptance: The Publishing Process.” Illinois SCBWI, 2008


“Pacing Matters: Ask the Hare.” Annual Conference, New England SCBWI, 2008; Northern Ohio SCBWI, 2007


“Market Research: Going Beyond the Guidelines.” Annual Conference, New England SCBWI, 2008; Florida SCBWI, 2005; llinois SCBWI, 2004


“Stories in Song.” Raymond A Sapp Memorial Library, Wyanet, IL, 2007


Keynote: “Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Fuzzy Bunny Slipper.” Northern Ohio SCBWI, 2007


“Celebrate Stories!” National Library Week. Raymond A. Sapp Memorial Library, Wyanet, IL, 2007


“Launching Yourself as a Children’s Writer.” Blooming Authors; Northern Illinois SCBWI, 2007


“Violence as a Solution in Stephen King’s The Stand.” Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media, Dekalb, IL, 2007


“On Track with Magazines.” Mid-Year Workshop, Florida SCBWI, 2006.


“Stories that Share the World with Young Children.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2006


“Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Fuzzy Bunny Slipper.” Panelist. Wrangling with Writing Conference, Society of Southwestern Authors, Tucson, AZ, 2006


“Put Yourself Out There: Effective Queries, Cover Letters and Synopses.” Juvenile Writers of Kansas City, 2005


“The Write Way: A Seminar for Adults Who Want to Write for Children.” Reddick Library, Ottawa, IL, 2005


“Going Beyond the Guidelines.” The Writers Web, all-day workshop, Concord, NH, 2005


“Good Versus Great.” Springmingle, Southern Breeze SCBWI, Jackson, MS, 2005


“Nonfiction Submissions Editors Love.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2005


“Writing for Young Children: What the Early Childhood Professional Needs to Know.” Panelist. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) annual conference, Anaheim, CA, 2004


“The Editorial Process.” Western Pennsylvania SCBWI, Annual Fall Conference, 2004.


“Magic and Myth: The Magazine Market.” Western Pennsylvania SCBWI, Annual Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004


Workshop co-leader, Barbara Seuling’s Manuscript Workshop, Londonderry, VT, 2005


“Twice the Advice.” Spring Schmooze, Iowa SCBWI, 2004.


“An Inside Look at Cricket Magazine Group and Cricket Books.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2003.


“Toddlers and School Kids and Teens—Oh My! Age Targeting in Children’s Literature.” World of Children’s Literature Conference, Lake Placid Institute for Arts and Humanities, Silver Bay, NY, 2002; Spring Conference, Southern Breeze SCBWI, Gulf Shores, AL, 2002


“Getting the Most from Your Writers Conference.” Online workshop, Institute of Children's Literature, 2002


“George Herbert as Christian Psalmist.” Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media, Dekalb, IL, 2001


“Good Versus Great.” Spring Conference, Midsouth SCBWI, Nashville, TN, 2001; Spring Workshop, Rocky Mountain SCBWI, Golden, CO, 2000  


“The Magazine Market: Why and How.” Spring Conference, Midsouth SCBWI, Nashville, TN, 2001.


“Writing for the Cricket Family of Magazines.” Tenth Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference, SCBWI Washington/Northern Idaho, Seattle, WA, 2001.


“What Is Age Appropriate?” Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop, Chautauqua, NY, 2000.


“Speaking Grammatically.” Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop, Chautauqua, NY, 2000.


“Magazine Editors Panel.” Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop, Chautauqua, NY, 2000.


“What Makes a Winner?” Spring Workshop, Rocky Mountain SCBWI, 2000.