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A Million Reasons Why virtual book tour info coming soon.
A Writer’s Life Retreat (Faculty)
Hotel Viking, Newport, RI
April 2021 (postponed from April 2020)
I’D LOVE TO JOIN YOU!
- 10 All-Time Best Writing Lessons From 10 Years of Interviews With the All-Time Best Writers: This session distills a decade of collected wisdom into the all-time best insights into the creative process, the writing life, the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Get new perspectives on revolutionizing your writing routine, following the path of your story, revising with the right mindset, persevering through rejection, and more—from award-winners and bestsellers including Alice Walker, David Sedaris, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, Brad Meltzer and Lisa Scottoline.
- Building Suspense by Acting Out of Character: Once you’ve established who your characters are, you can thicken your plot by giving them reasons to act out of character. (Think of the meek heroine who suddenly lashes out, the reliable parent who runs off, or the villain who shows an unexpected kindness—all make you want to know why.) Learn how this underutilized technique can be used on a large scale (propelling an entire plot) or a small one (adding twists, turns and interest) to create page-turners sure to satisfy.
- Surprise & Delight Your Readers on Every Page: Suspense isn’t just for thrillers. It’s not even just for fiction. Whether we’re reading a humorous essay, a heartfelt memoir, or a page-turning novel, we love the build of anticipation, the satisfaction of the unexpected. This interactive workshop uses prompts, examples, and tips to help you master tricks for keeping your readers on the hook, from the paragraph level to the story’s premise. You’ll twist turns of phrase, uncover your character’s secrets (even if that character is you!), pull the rug out, and leave with plenty of ideas for adapting these techniques to your own work-in-progress.
- How to Become a Regular Contributor to Any Publication: Becoming a regular contributor is the dream scenario in terms of steady paychecks, easier-to-come-by assignments, and more byline opportunities for freelance writers, and yet so many freelancers go about this the wrong way. This session teaches you how to make ANY assignment the first of many, build relationships with editors, recognize opportunities other writers miss, earn more money with less effort, and strengthen your freelance writing career without driving yourself query-crazy.
- Smart Ways to Build Your Author Platform: You’ve probably heard that editors and agents look for authors who’ve built a platform—and/or that a platform is key to promoting self-published books successfully. But what exactly platform means and how it differs for fiction & nonfiction writers has been the subject of much debate. In this session, get perspectives from both sides of the desk, as an editor-turned-author shares what publishing pros really want to see in an author and what those theories look like in practice. You’ll begin to define a strategy for making yourself stand out; understand how to put a basic framework in place (if you don’t already have one) with a website, email list, and social media presence; focus your efforts on doing a few things well rather than trying to be everywhere at once; explore partnerships with likeminded writers to broaden your reach; and get tips for landing freelance writing credits to boost your visibility.
- “Jessica delivered exactly what we look for in faculty for our writers’ conference – a luncheon keynote and instructional sessions that both inspired and elicited interaction. She was engaging, insightful and stimulating. Her presentations generated a memorable experience for our attendees and quite a number of “aha” moments. She was a delight.” —Jama Kehoe Bigger, Director, Midwest Writers Workshop
- “Jessica delivered the kickoff ‘inspiration’ talk at the Saturday Seminar portion of our 32nd Annual Writers’ Workshop ... and an inspiration it was! Her carefully prepared, yet warmly delivered keynote offered plenty of reassurance, encouragement and guidance, coupled with practical how-tos and tips. After her presentation, Jessica also took questions from our audience of fifty-plus writers in a manner that was gracious, thoughtful and insightful. Jessica provided a winning combination: in-depth experience from years of working with the top authors of our day plus a humble presentation style that conveyed that we’re all on this writing journey together equaled exactly what our audience of beginning to more advance writers needed: inspiration and roll-up-your sleeves techniques that set a positive, energizing tone for our whole conference. Our post conference survey results showed that Jessica is one of the most popular speakers we’ve engaged. I would gladly recommend Jessica as a speaker for any writing conference, and look forward to having her back in the future.” —Sharon Short, Executive Director, Antioch Writers’ Workshop
- “As keynote speaker of the 2019 University of New Mexico’s Writers Conference, Jessica Strawser delivered an informative, entertaining, and inspiring presentation which attendees are still talking about. Jessica is an engaging speaker with a unique insight into the publishing industry as both a seasoned editor and a successful writer. … She was a true asset to our conference and her shoes will be hard to fill next year!” —Lorena Hughes, UNM Writers Conference Coordinator
- “[Your keynote] inspired the entire room with the way you channeled and paid forward the wisdom of so many authors—yourself included. We also greatly appreciated how you engaged so enthusiastically with our members throughout the conference. An absolute pleasure.“ —Hilary Hauck, President, Pennwriters
Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (Sponsor Representative)
University of Dayton, Ohio, March 31 – April 2, 2016
5th Annual Books-in-Progress Conference(Featured Speaker)
Carnegie Center, Lexington, Kentucky, June 3, 2016
March 28, 2017, 7 p.m.
April 6, 2017, 6 p.m.
April 8, 2017
May 5-6, 2017
May 10, 2017, 6 p.m.
May 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
Antioch Writers’ Workshop LitSalon (Featured Author)
May 21, 2017, 4-7 p.m.
Green Tree Public Library (Joint Event With Author Rebecca Drake)
June 29, 2017, 7 p.m. (discussion of my Almost Missed You, Rebecca’s Only Ever You and the domestic suspense trend, followed by Q&A and book signing)
Mystery Writers Bookshop’s Coffee & Crime Series (Featured Author)
July 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Antioch Writers’ Workshop(Instructor)
July 8, 2017 (daytime workshop + evening faculty signing)
July 20-22, 2017
August 1, 2017, 7 p.m.
August 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
August 10, 2017, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Info / Registration ($30 Fee)
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
University of Dayton, OH
Forget You Know Me Pittsburgh Launch (Discussion/Signing)
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
The Top 10 Writing Lessons From 10 Years of Interviewing Bestselling Authors
Main Library, Saturday, March 30, 2019, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati Public Library Writer’s Workshop (Free & Open to the Public)
Fiction Writers’ Workshop: Building Suspense by Acting Out of Character
Main Library, Saturday, June 8, 2019, 1 p.m..
Cincinnati Public Library Writer’s Workshop (Free & Open to the Public)
Your Publishing Questions Answered—From Both Sides of the Desk
Main Library, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 1 p.m.
AAUW Lunch & Literature (Ticketed Fundraiser)
American Association of University Women, Erie, PA, Chapter
The Kahkwa Club, Erie, PA
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Clermont County Public Library Area Writers Festival (Keynote Address)
Miami Township Branch Library
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati: Books & Brunch (Ticketed Fundraiser)
Kenwood Country Club
Thursday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m.
Books by the Banks
Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kentucky Book Fair
Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
November 16, 2019
In Conversation With Kimmery Martin
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, Ohio
March 4, 2020, 7 p.m.
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
March 21, 2020
Tipp City, OH / Facebook Live
June 22, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Campus (Oxford, Ohio)
Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop (Faculty)
October 29-31, 2020
Easton Book Festival (Panelist) — Virtual Event
Tall Poppy Writers: Raising Up Strong Women’s Voices in Fiction
November 1, 2020, 4 p.m. EST
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: 100th Anniversary Celebration (Instructor)
November 5-7, 2020
Virtual 2020 Buckeye Book Fair (Featured Author)
November 6-15, 2020
Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: In Conversation With Kristin Bair
Virtual Launch Event: Bair’s Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything
November 10, 2020, 7 p.m.