Speaking + Teaching

I am a professional speaker and teacher who offers thought-provoking and meaningful talks to audiences of creative professionals.

In the past year, I’ve delivered keynote talks at 6 events, and I frequently teach half-day, day-long, and multi-day intensive workshops related to the business of authorship and publishing.

My many years of experience means that I know how to deliver practical and comprehensive information that anticipates the needs of the audience, directly addresses their concerns, and offers both understanding and answers. I care deeply about serving creative professionals and helping them succeed in their careers.

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Upcoming Events


Upcoming Online Class: How to Blog Meaningfully and Grow Your Audience (Oct. 28)

WD Webinar BloggingMany writers hear that they should start blogging to build their platform, help them get published, or sell more books. But is blogging right for you and your career? If so, what should you blog about? And perhaps most importantly, how can you do it effectively and without wasting important time you could spend on paying work? Find out more.


Past Events

  • The Muse & The Marketplace (2014 keynote) — watch the hourlong talk
  • PubSmart (2014 keynote)
  • University of Madison Writers’ Institute (2014 keynote)
  • Virginia Festival of the Book (2014)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (2014)
  • Blurb Book Fest (2014)
  • International Women’s Fiction Festival (2014)
  • James River Writers Conference (2014)
  • Frankfurt Book Fair (2013)
  • MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (2013)
  • Washington Book Publishers (2013)
  • University of Evansville Coffee Hour (2013)
  • The Write Stuff (2013 keynote)
  • Write! Canada (2013 keynote)
  • LitFlow Berlin (2012)
  • Whidbey MFA residency (2012)
  • SEAK National Fiction Writing Conference for Physicians & Lawyers (2012)
  • South by Southwest (2011)
  • PubCamp @ SXSW (2011)
  • Writer’s Digest Conference (2010–2012)
  • Indianapolis Authors’ Fair (2011 keynote)
  • Writers’ League of Texas (2011 keynote)
  • Arkansas Writers Conference (2011 keynote)
  • Midwest Writers Workshop (every year since 2003!)
  • BookExpo America (BEA), multiple years
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs, multiple years

Prior to 2011

  • PodCamp Cincinnati
  • San Francisco Writers Conference
  • Aspen Summer Words
  • Missouri Writers Guild Conference
  • Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference
  • Mad Anthony Writers Conference
  • Willamette Writers Conference
  • Surrey Writers Conference
  • Yosemite Writers Conference
  • North Carolina Writers Network
  • South Carolina Writers Workshop
  • Harriette Austin Writers Conference
  • Pennwriters Conference
  • Midwest Literary Festival
  • … and many more