The following are 1 hour workshops that I present at conferences and for writing groups. Please contact me if you'd like to book me to speak at your event.
The Winning Website
A solid author platform is more necessary than ever for both established authors and those just starting out. While social media and online retailers are important, the hub of your online activity is the one entity you can control completely — your website. Learn strategies and tips for creating a strong web presence that will anchor your online platform, support your brand, and increase your visibility.
Organizing Your Writing Life
We become authors because we love to write, but there seem to be an endless number of tasks to manage on top of actually getting a manuscript completed. How can we manage the writing along with the admin work, promotion, and everything else? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, distracted, and not as productive as you’d like, then you are not alone, but there are systems, tools, and strategies you can use to help put your writing life in order and reclaim some mental freedom.
Attendees will learn organizational and productivity tips to help de-stress, achieve their goals, and get those words on the page.
The Authorpreneur Path
A passion for the written world is not the only thing necessary for a successful author career. Navigating today’s publishing landscape requires authors to also be entrepreneurs. Regardless of your publishing path, whether traditional, indie, or hybrid, understanding the basic fundamentals of running a business is essential. Learn tips for running your author business from entrepreneur L. Penelope.
Podcasting for Authors
Join author and podcaster L. Penelope in a workshop on the benefits of podcasts for authors. Learn tips and best practices for being a good podcast guest, what it takes to start and maintain your own author podcast—and why you may want to.
Incorporating the Media into Fantasy Worlds
From the invention of the printing press to the 24-hour news cycle, mass communication has upended society, however, the media tend to make less of an appearance in fantasy works. Neglecting this aspect of culture can be a missed opportunity in speculative fiction. This workshop will provide ideas for including the media and journalism into your worldbuilding, as well as the challenges and benefits of doing so.
The fantasy genre imagines other worlds as settings for the story, worlds where myths and legends are real, magic rules, and wondrous creatures leap off the page. With the monumental success on the page and screen of properties like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, interest in the genre is at an all-time high. But where do you begin when the only limits imposed are those of your imagination? How do you approach building an entirely new world and not let all the possibilities and minutiae overwhelm you and prevent you from telling a compelling tale?
Why do so many fantasy novels take place in the same, medieval, pseudo-European setting? How can writers create unique, fully-realized environments that readers will want to get lost in? Dive into techniques for architecting your own world and learn how elements such as geography, technology, economics, weather, government, culture and more are all integral to crafting a tale designed to delight. Expect to leave the seminar with the building blocks of your own fantasy world as well as a plan for fleshing out your creation while not getting lost in the details.
* can be adapted to a longer workshop