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I would love to speak at your School, Library, or Writing Organization!

I began professionally public speaking in 2011 and quickly found my voice on the podium. I’m happy to talk about writing,  editorial work, or the behind-the-scenes business side of our profession. I have spoken at conferences, festivals, writers’ group meetings, schools, and more.

See me in action by clicking here or browse interviews and more on my media page. Want to know what other’s are saying about my presentations? Head over to my testimonials page to find out!

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 school visits.

“The best thing about Jessica’s advice is her friendly encouragement balanced with the facts and information that is actually useful.” Melissa D.

I’ll have a few questions for you before pricing the event, as rates are dependent upon size of audience, location, etc. You can reach me via my contact form or via email jessica[at]  I look forward to speaking with you!

See below for sample workshops.

Author Websites 101

This workshop provides a play-by-play of the necessary components for your author website. Beginning with basics like: choosing your url, why your site needs to be responsive, and what a hosting provider does for you. As your career grows so will your website, and this workshop provides step-by-step how-tos about the additional pages, content, and functionality you’ll want to add.  Walk away with an Author Website Checklist and a plan for site maintenance and expansion throughout your writing career.

Includes: Presentation (45 minutes), Q&A (15 minutes).

Suggested audience: Beginning to intermediate writers.

Beta Reader Basics.

“A one-hour presentation is the equivalent of a 101 class. Incredibly thorough and positive.” Marlis M.

You finished your draft! The story is done! It’s time to… let someone else read it. Sharing a manuscript for the first time can be daunting, but when you have the right Beta Readers sharing can be educational, encouraging, and exciting! Jessica Conoley covers the Beta Reader Basics in this workshop. We’ll break down: what a Beta Reader is, how to find one, what they can do for you and your work, how to cultivate long-lasting, trustworthy relationships with your Betas, and more. Walk away with a blueprint on how your Beta Readers can help your writing shine.

“Very helpful! If you ever have any questions about Beta Reading this the professional to ask!” Teresa F.

Includes: Presentation (45 minutes), Q&A (15 minutes).

Suggested audience: Beginning to intermediate writers.

“Knowledgeable, very confident, humorous. Combining the best of educational, entertaining, and inspiring.” Katherine E.

First Page Critiques

Making sure your first page stands out in the slush pile is the first step to getting your story published.  Jessica brings her editorial experience front and center, giving you insights into what publications are looking for as they read through the slush.  She then goes in-depth to offer constructive feedback on your opening pages with the aim to get you out of the slush pile and into the publication. Anonymous pieces are read out loud and shared with the entire workshop, allowing attendees to learn across a variety of genres, styles, and experience levels.

How to Find (and Be) a Great Critique Partner

“Jessica answered all the questions I had about critique partners that I didn’t even know to ask! I left more informed and with practical information I can (and will!) use right away. Thank you!” Sue M.

Learn how to be a CP other writers clamor to work with and how to build a support group for your writing. Learn the elements of 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 create a support network. Learn how to build yours to become the best writer you can.

“Energetic, entertaining presentation about how to create, find writer’s critique group. Stories and first-hand experiences make this presentation a hit!” Debbie T.

Includes: Presentation (60 minutes), Q&A (15 minutes). Option to expand to a half day workshop where authors practice their critique skills as Jessica facilitates different types of critique formats.

Suggested audience: Beginning to intermediate writers.

“Jessica speaks well and [is] very understandable.   Her enthusiasm about the subject she chose (critiquing) is very motivational. She provided detailed & informational handouts. I would highly recommend you to take one of her classes.” Marnie E.


Steps to Traditional Publication


“What Jessica Conoley has to share is a crash course in how to get published. Her message is clear and entertaining. She takes you on her journey to published writer.” Jan W.

A behind the scenes look at an author’s path to traditional 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. Great for fiction or non-fiction authors shopping either short works or books for publication.

“Jessica is great at bringing the complicated world of submissions into a manageable process. I left her presentation re-energized about submitting.” Maggie M.

Includes: Presentation (60 minutes), Q&A (15 minutes)

Suggested audience: Writers interested in traditional publication from teens-adult.

“I’m a young writer feeling lost in the publishing world. I have love for my writing and what I have created, but the process of publishing has dismayed me. Jessica’s presentation gave me reassurance, hope, and understanding.” Janie R.


Contact Jessica to book a workshop.