Events + Conferences

customized workshops and keynotes to audiences of 5 to 5,000


Since 2001, I have spoken at hundreds of venues, including writing conferences, industry events, and creative writing programs. I offer thought-provoking and educational talks to audiences of writers and other 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 writers—and all those in the creative professions—and helping them succeed in their careers.

upcoming events where I'm speaking

San Francisco Writers Conference: keynote

In addition to delivering a keynote talk, I'm also teaching a session on social media.


Digital Book World: panelist

I'm moderating a panel on how traditional publishers and hybrid authors can be strong partners.

Geneva Writers' Conference: panelist

I'm participating on a range of panels, including "Community, Networking and Writers' Resources" and "Choices, Choices" (traditional vs. self vs. hybrid publishing).

  • March 18–20, 2016
  • Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland
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AWP 2016: panelist

IACP 2016: panelist

A Day with Jane Friedman: speaker

Writers' Intensive at St. John's College: instructor

I'm presenting a workshop on the Digital Era of Authorship.

Midwest Writers Workshop: instructor


Willamette Writers Conference: keynote

EFA National Conference: keynote

  • Aug. 29–30, 2016
  • New York City
  • Details TBA

National Book Development Council of Singapore: instructor

Toronto Romance Writers: instructor

  • Nov. 12, 2016
  • Fairview Public Library, Toronto, Canada
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Past Events

  • West Virginia Book Festival (2015)
  • NINC (2015)
  • International Women's Fiction Festival (2014, 2015)
  • Hippocamp Creative Nonfiction Conference (2015 keynote)
  • World Domination Summit (2015)
  • The Writer's Center Publish Now Conference (2015 keynote)
  • Houston Writers Guild conference (2015 keynote)
  • Virginia Festival of the Book (2014–2015)
  • IDPF Digital Book Conference (2015)
  • Digital Book World (2015)
  • BookExpo America and uPublishU (2014)
  • The Muse & The Marketplace (2014 keynote) — watch the hourlong talk
  • PubSmart (2014 keynote)
  • University of Madison Writers' Institute (2014 keynote)
  • Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (2014)
  • Blurb Book Fest (2014)
  • James River Writers Conference (2014)
  • Frankfurt Book Fair (2013)
  • Pennwriters Conference (multiple years)
  • 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!)
  • 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