The first time I had to give a workshop was at a writer’s conference in Florida—my first—and I was due in front of the podium at 9:00 a.m. My agent knocked on the door, took one look at my face, and said OMG. (Or that equivalent.) She ordered wine. (At 9 in the morning!) But my hands were shaking so hard I couldn’t button my own blouse. I was that scared of public speaking.

Everyone said I’d get over it. I never did. But over the years, I discovered the obvious. I’m still petrified to stand up in front of strangers—but it was different, talking to other writers or readers. I knew what other writers wanted to know, needed to hear. And I knew what readers wanted, because I was a reader first, so we were already sisters.

So—as you can see—I developed quite a list of workshops and talks. One of these days, I hope to put the most popular ones in a book for writers. (I just need to find the time!)


On the CRAFT of writing:
On Industry Issues:
Inspirational Talks: