Workshops and Presentations

I’ve had the privilege of presenting workshops, seminars, and webinars for writers’ conferences, organizations, and groups across the country, including RWA National (and regional chapters), the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Sisters in Crime, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, among many others.

Presentations cover a variety of topics, from learning how to edit your own work to fine-tuning the mechanics of a story to when and how to go about hiring a professional editor and what to look for (and what you can expect) when you do.

One of my more popular workshops features “live edits,” where authors bring in a portion of their work in progress and I edit them on the spot, projecting them on a screen so that participants can see how the process works and the effect judicious editing can have on their prose. There’s no better way to learn to edit your own work than to learn to edit others’, and this type of presentation is a visual, visceral, and enlightening way to learn to polish your own work by seeing how to polish someone else’s.

I can customize a presentation to your organization’s needs. Here’s a sampling of past topics:

  • The Macroedit: The Holy Trinity of Story (Character, Plot, and Stakes)
  • The Microedit: Essential Supporting Elements of Story
  • Strip-searching Your Prose: A Final Check before You’re “Booked” 
  • Edit Yourself: Polishing Your Story with an Objective Eye (Or, How to Climb Revision Mountain)
  • Writing from Your Lizard Brain–Keeping Tension High 
  • Get It Edited—Hiring a Professional Editor: Why, When, and How to Do It, and What to Know before You Do
  • The Biggest Mistakes Writers Make (and How to Fix Them)
  • How to Weave in Backstory (without losing your readers)
  • How to Become a Better Writer—Even When You’re Not Writing

If you’re interested in having me virtually join your writers’ group, chapter, or organization via the web–either for a workshop, presentation, or just a Q&A about the craft and business of writing–drop me a line.*