I’ve spoken at small workshops, teaching about writing at Tyler Junior College’s Writing Center. I’ve also made presentations at the University of Texas at San Antonio regarding my academic writing as well as my poetry. I’ve spoken at big conferences such as the Dallas Fort Worth Writers’ Conference twice, where I talked about how to publish with Chicken Soup for the Soul, and I also spoke as a Master Presenter at NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organization and Development, given each year at Austin. In addition, I presented at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in Corpus Cristi, and have asked to be the Main Speaker at Tyler Junior College’s chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta’s Spring Induction two years in a row.
Most of the time, I talk about writing, teaching, or the writing community, which I love to talk about, but I’d also be happy to have a chance to present ideas from my blog, Southern Mom. Here are some ideas I’d love to talk about.
No matter what topic, I approach each speaking engagement with a mixture of humor and life experiences in an honest, transparent fashion.
1. Finding Your Voice in a Noisy World–I encourage women of all ages to speak up about what lights them up and give 5 steps on how to find your voice. Being a Southern woman, I learned that there is often a culture of silence that is passed down from generation to generation. I want to empower Southern women to identify the issues that cause them to become silent and show them ways to find and express their voice.
2. Welcome to the Jungle–I give some personal experiences about raising teens in the Jungle of Adolescence. I give humorous tips and encouragement to a demographic of moms that is often over-looked and under-resourced.
3. How To go Back to School Without Losing Your Mind–tips from an expert student on how to balance family, work and academia from both a student’s and a professor’s point of view. I worked full-time and attended school full-time through organization and a lot of help from my family.
4. Helping Your Boomerang Kids Without Losing Your Head–how to manage relationships and sanity when your kids who moved away move back. Tips on learning to foster the new adult relationships when the roles change.
If you are interested, please email me with Speaker Request in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.