I have shared my expertise through conference keynotes and presentations;
breakout sessions; and stand-alone workshops across the country.
These have included the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshops
(at both Chautauqua, NY, and Boyds Mills, PA);
Annual Conference; numerous
gatherings from Seattle to Orlando;
and other conferences from Londonderry to Los Angeles.
I am happy to give stand-alone workshops, keynote presentations,
or conference breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics.
A few past workshops:
Writing for the Educational Market. Presented annually; see below for description.
The Heat of Inspiration, the Cool Control of Revision: Poetry for Children
Sharing Our Hope: Writing for the Inspirational Market
Put Yourself Out There: Effective Queries, Cover Letters, and Synopses
Going Beyond the Guidelines: Market Research
I also do a session I call
“From the Slush Pile.”
Conference attendees may bring the first page of any manuscript
and toss it into a box. During the session I pull pages out
of the box, read them aloud, and give a cold response as to
whether I would, as an acquiring editor, continue reading—and
why or why not.
“Of all my memories of the Festival of the Written Word,
one of my favorites is how you came up with a relevant and
unique comment for each presenter. I know I could not
have done that, and I admire you for it.”
Writing for the educational market
Since 2013, Jan Fields and I have co-presented the workshop
Writing for the Educational Market
at Highlights Foundation. Our alums have had a gratifyingly
high level of success. A few examples:
“Since the workshop (7 months ago) I have written
6 educational books. … I haven’t queried any
more [publishers] because (this will be unbelievable,
but a true part of educational publishing), I don’t need more work!”
“I had a paying contract when I left the workshop!
I revised my submission packet in the weeks following the
workshop and sent it out on a regular basis. By October,
I had my first nonfiction educational publishing book
contract. … In March, I signed a contract for a
textbook chapter for double the cost of the workshop.”
“There is no doubt the best investment I made was
attending this Writing for the Educational Market Workshop.
It truly was the beginning of my dream career. Six years
later, I have published over 50 books for libraries and
classrooms. My fourth trade book hits stores in August 2019,
and I have five books currently under contract.”