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As a professional software developer, I’ve spoken at events across North America and Europe for over 30 years. Now I’m taking what I’ve learned there and am using it to help writers to be both better authors and speakers.

I’m happy to present at your writing group, seminar, or conference. 

Write Crime Right
Movies and television are rarely accurate when depicting crime investigations. As authors, we owe it to our readers to get the facts straight. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to keep things accurate, but still allow for some literary creativity. Topics covered include: guns and other weapons, crime scene vs. scene of the crime, police department organization, medical examiner vs. coroner, forensics, SWAT, and more.

Class: One hour. Lecture style class.
Writers Blog
Building your platform is an important part of being a writer. In this presentation you will learn how the internet works, why brand is important, how to start a blog, and why and how to blog on a regular basis. Even if you have a web site now, adding a blog can drive more traffic to your site.

Class: 1 hour. Lecture style class.
Setting Your Writing Goals
If you’re like me, you find it difficult to keep your goals. I’ve been experimenting with different methods to set and keep goals for over 30 years. In this class, you will learn some of the techniques I’ve found work for me. Orson Scott Card has praised the concepts I present.

Class: 1 hour. Lecture style. Some class participation.
The Introverted Writer
Writers are often introverts. And sometimes without preparation you need to say something in public. But fear takes over and you say nothing. In this class, I take what I’ve learned from teaching software developers how to be better speakers and apply it to impromptu speaking for writers.
Topics that are covered:
– The science behind the introvert’s mind
– Overcoming fear
– Preparing for the impromptu moment
– The verbal story pitch
– Asking questions at conferences and seminars
– Readings and book launches
Class: 1 hour. Lecture style. Some class participation.


How to Speak Good: Public Speaking for Writers
Whether you are a seasoned presenter or new to speaking and conferences and seminars, this class will give you tips to make your presentations better. After attending and speaking at conferences for over 30 years, I’ve seen everything you can do wrong, even from people that have been presenting for years.
Topics that are covered:
– Overcoming the fear of public speaking
– Different types of speaking
– Structuring your presentation
– The proper use of PowerPoint and Keynote
– Recovering from disaster
When you’re on
– Resources to help you become a better speaker

This class is offered in three versions. Specifics of what is taught is dependent on the class length.
Workshop: 4 hours. Attendees will get the full class as well as in-class assistance with their own presentation. Because of the hands-on nature, the number of attendees is limited to 12.
Complete class: 2 hours. Same topics as workshop but with less depth and no in-class assistance.
Class: 1 hour. Concentrates on overcoming fear, different types of speaking, structuring the presentation.