AUTHOR TALK: TALES OF A RELUCTANT WORLD TRAVELER Sixteen weeks, four continents, three bungee jumps, and I couldn't come home soon enough. This is the story of how a Boston homebody turned a solo trip around the globe into a comedy novel and an acclaimed one-man show. The one-hour, multimedia event includes a humorous travel slide show, readings from my novel "God Bless Cambodia," and performances from my show "The Chronic Single's Handbook." Audience: general public, comedy lovers, people interested in world travel, writers Links:
WRITING LECTURE: A DEBUT NOVELIST'S ROCKY ROAD TO PUBLICATION Discouraged about your publishing prospects? Don't be! I queried 110 agents and 15 small presses before receiving an offer from The Permanent Press, a publisher specializing in literary fiction. I will share tips I learned the hard way about approaching agents and negotiating a contract with a publisher. Audience: aspiring writers and authors Links: - My novel and reviews - Lecture for a Canadian writing center - Sample of slideshow (PDF)
TWO-HOUR NOVEL BOOT CAMP Thinking of writing a novel? Here's everything you need to know to get started. We will discuss the key elements (character, plot, point of view), the writing process and drafts, finding an agent once you're done, and marketing basics. The lecture includes handouts, reading lists, and time for Q&A. You can do it! Audience: aspiring writers Links: - My published novel "God Bless Cambodia." - My writer's blog "The Loneliest Planet."
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