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 five 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.

If you’re a conference organizer:

Upcoming Online Classes

Claire Burge

Claire Burge

How to Write a Powerful Book Proposal That Sells
July 21–Sept. 15, 2014 (8 weeks)

This is a comprehensive course on producing nonfiction book proposals in the digital age, offering hands-on critique and feedback on your work. The focus is not just on writing a book proposal that will sell the idea, but that will also sell the book when it finally makes its way to market. Click here for more info + register.

WD webinar July 2014

Do Your E-Book Right (July 31, 90-minute webinar): This Writer’s Digest online class offers 101 on e-book publishing, the current landscape, and how to get started. Click here for more info and to register.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • The Muse & The Marketplace (2014 keynote)
  • PubSmart (2014 keynote)
  • University of Madison Writers’ Institute (2014 keynote)
  • Virginia Festival of the Book (2014)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (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