What I Can Present

presentation-iconI wish I could remember the source, but one of the podcasts I listen to suggested all writers or other people with specialized skills create a page about what topics they can present for various conferences and conventions. Thus, this page was born.

These topics are all ones I’ve presented on before at various Pikes Peak Writers or Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group events. Some of them I can do with zero prep (other than having my notes handy) while others will require me a day or three to read my notes, collect my thoughts, prepare/update handouts, and such like that.

Here they are in no particular order:

  • Archetypes of the Hero’s Journey
    • Covers the eight archetypes found in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
    • Running time: Approximately 90 minutes.
  • Stages of the Hero’s Journey
    • Covers the twelve stages of the story arc found in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
    • Running time: Approximately 90 minutes.
  • Critique Groups
    • Covers how to find a critique group, how to form and regulate a critique group, how to give critiques, and how to receive critiques.
    • Running time: 60-90 minutes. I’ve done this in 60 minutes before, but 90 would be better. I can add material to get it to 2 hours with ease. Much of the “presentation” is me answering the many questions from the audience.
  •  Loglines
    • Covers the formula of how to create a logline for a novel based on various classes and presentations I’ve attended. Comes with examples I cover during class.
    • Running time: Approximately 45 minutes.
  • Query Letters
    • Covers what needs to be in a query letter, what needs to be avoided in a query letter, and how to create them as a professional business letter.
    • Running time: Approximately 45 minutes.
  • Synopses
    • Covers how to create a synopsis (or multiple synopses of different lengths) in an easy to use method.
    • Running time: Approximately 50 minutes.
  • Pitching Your Book
    • Covers what to expect in a “pitch session” with an agent or editor, including questions the writer should ask the agent/editor.
    • Running time: Approximately 50 minutes.
  • Practical Computer Security for Writers
    • Covers what the bad guys do to penetrate networks, what the good guys do to keep this from happening, and what the individual can do to protect his or her own work.
    • Running time: Can be done in 50 minutes, but is intended to be closer to 100 minutes. Can be extended to 3 hours if needed.
  • Adverbs
    • Covers how to use adverbs, when to use them, how to aggressively remove them.
    • Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • Genre Definitions and Standard Word Counts
    • Covers the major genres in fiction writing with definitions.
    • Covers the “standard” word counts agents/editors look for in a first publication from a new writer.
    • Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • Passive Voice
    • Covers what passive voice really is, and what “weak writing” is. The two are not synonymous.
    • Covers how to spot it in your writing.
    • Covers how to rephrase sentences to fix it.
    • Covers when a passive sentence is (rarely) acceptable in writing.
    • Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • Peak Productivity
    • Covers time management, efficiency tricks, how to get the most out of the time you make for your writing efforts.
    • Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • Point of View
    • Covers the various point of view options available to a writer with examples and class participation.
    • Running time: Approximately 60 minutes.
  • World Building
    • Covers the geography of creating a world as well as the all-important factors of what to put in/on the world and how to do so in a logical manner. Includes details about governments, religions, social/cultural issues, technology levels, magic options, and more.
    • Running time: Approximately 3 hours. Can be done in 2 hours. Can be extended to 4 hours if needed.