My Speaking Credentials:
I earned a minor in speech/drama from MSU-Billings; however, my first two years of college were spent at Holy Names (Fort Wright) College in Spokane, Washington where I received a four-year drama scholarship. Joan and Robert Welch, our drama instructors, were New York trained actors who later founded Interplayers, a regional theater in Spokane, Washington.
My first two years teaching at Billings Central and the next year and a half at Helena High School I coached speech and debate and directed plays. Then I began teaching only English classes.
Recently I gave a presentation at the annual Get Published Conference for Writers in Bozeman, Montana. When Lynn Kinnaman invited me to speak at her 7th annual writing conference June 18, 2016 , I was thrilled! After meeting Lynn at a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference last September 2015, I knew her credentials as a published author, web designer, and teacher well, so being included was an honor.
Lynn presented information about growing an email list for 1,000 true fans. Lynn invited two other authors to speak in Bozeman. My experiences in self-publishing were so exciting. The other two presenters, Goldie and Troy also shared such positive results in the new frontier of self-publication. Knowing somewhere my books will live forever is my link to the future and I loved sharing this during the “Get Published Conference.” Here is my worksheet on Don’t Wait for the Green Light – Imagine Worksheet
My past speaking experiences include:
- Montana Education Association (MFT/MEA) – presenter of my iMovie unit focusing on hometown filmed interviews in conjunction with the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
- I was on the Pre-Advanced Placement panel for Helena School District Number One following training at the Inland Northwest AP Summer Institute
- Participant in Carroll College’s Literary Festival.Invited to read my honorable mention poem from the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition for “To a Grandmother, Adeline, I Never Knew.”
- Participant in Chinook Wind’s Poetry Reading at the Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls, Montana
- Elected State of Montana Public Information Chair for American Cancer Society (as a volunteer).
- Member of the Board for Montana Multiple Sclerosis Society (a volunteer position)
Contact me for information about school visits, Skype visits and other presentations. I taught secondary English for 25 years, and I am a grandmother to Gus and soon-to come, Elsie, in Feb. 2016, so I am comfortable with a younger audience as well.