I would love to speak at your School, Library, or Writing Organization!
I began public speaking in 2011 and quickly found my voice behind the podium. Yes, I still get (a little) nervous, but the good part is I know how to channel those nerves into excitement that inspires a crowd. I’m happy to talk about writing or editorial work and have spoken at events from conferences to festivals and everything in between. You can see me in action by clicking here.
I’m available for: readings of my work, author interviews, sitting on and/or facilitating a conference panel(s), delivering a keynote speech, emceeing your literary event, leading a writing workshop, or a visit to your school.
See below for sample workshops and rates.
How to Find (and Be) a Great Critique Partner
In this 90 minute session, learn how to be a CP other writers clamor to work with and build a support group for your writing. Learn how to offer constructive feedback and hone your critique skills. From finding critique partners and beta readers, to the value of accountability partners and emotional support groups, successful writers have a support network. Learn how to build yours to become the best writer you can.
Includes: Presentation (45 minutes), live critiques of sample work provided by class participants (30 minutes), Q&A (15 minutes)
Suggested audience: Beginning to intermediate writers.
Suggested audience size: up to 40
Fee for onsite presentation: $300 within 45 miles of Kansas City metro area. Outside of KC metro contact Jessica for additional rates information.
Steps to Traditional Publication
A sixty minute, behind the scenes look at publication. Using my writing career as a case study, I guide you through a novel’s first critiques to finding an agent and submitting a final manuscript with the Big-5 publishers. Bringing my managing editor and writing experiences to the table, this workshop provides insight to both the writer and editor’s perspectives on publication.
Walk away with in-depth information and resources (including recommended reading, podcasts, and website references) to guide you on your next steps to traditional publication.
Suggested audience: Writers interested in traditional publication from teens-adult.
Suggested audience size: up to 100
Fee for onsite presentation: $250 within 45 miles of Kansas City metro area. Outside of KC metro contact Jessica for additional rates information.