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Presentations by Joan R. Neubauer

Journal Writing and Family History

    Tell it Like it Was

    Award winning author and acclaimed speaker Joan R. Neubauer will guide participants through the five steps she wrote about in From Memories to Manuscript: The Five-Step Method of Writing Your Life Story. Attendees in smaller groups can participate in a hands-on workshop so that each gets to experience the process on a small scale.

    Recording an Oral History of Your Family

    Learn how to take advantage of family gatherings to collect and record family stories to pass on to future generations.

    How to Keep a Great Journal

    The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling and Dear Diary: The Art and Craft of Writing a Creative Journal shows how to use a journal to accomplish goals, achieve spiritual growth, and keep a great family record.

    The Writer’s Journal

    Every writer should keep a journal to develop ideas, characters and hone the craft of fine writing. In this workshop, Joan leads a discussion with writers on how they can use a writer’s journal to develop their particular project.

    Journal to Succeed

    Use your journal to succeed in business. Learn how to set goals and design a plan for success. A real nuts and bolts seminar that will move you right to the head of any class.

For the Memoir Writer

    The Noble Generation

    Everyone has a story to tell and for those who wish to contribute to the upcoming, second volume of The Noble Generation (a joint sponsorship of Barnes & Noble, Texas Department on Aging, and WordWright.biz), this workshop shows participants what the editors are looking for.

    The Snippets Memoir

    If you think writing a memoir from beginning to end is more than you can handle, this workshop offers a technique that will encourage and inspire even the most reluctant writer.

    The Art of Memoir

    Writing a memoir can take many forms. In this session, Joan discusses the many....

For the Nonfiction Writer

    Write a Selling Query Letter

    A great query letter contains five basic elements. In this workshop, Joan details those elements, their uses and then has participants get started on their own query letters.

    Your Article: from Idea to Sale

    For years, Joan freelanced for magazines and newspapers, selling her articles to local, regional and national publications. She will share her experiences and the processes she developed to succeed.

    How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

    A formal book proposal for a nonfiction book scares off many a writer. In this workshop, however, Joan breaks it down into bite-sized pieces for easy digestion.

For the Fiction Writer

    Get Started on that Novel

    If you have the makings of a novel swimming around in your brain, this workshop will help you get the story out of your brain and onto the page. Joan shares her knowledge about research, synopsis writing, outlines, characters, and finally writing your book.

    The Query Letter for the Novel

    This seminar discusses the five basic elements of the query letter as well as the additional elements you need to include for a novel.

    How to Submit Your Novel

    The publishing industry has evolved to expect a certain protocol from its writers in the submission process. Any writer who wishes to succeed must be aware of that protocol. This seminar shares that step-by-step process to give you the professionalism and polish editors look for.

    How to Create Memorable Characters

    Writers find creating memorable characters one of their greatest challenges. In this workshop, Joan uses the basics of Freudian psychology, pop culture, and observation as techniques writers can use.

    How to Write the Historical Novel

    Writers of historical fiction face challenges in writing dialog, presenting historical facts, and creating characters, particularly composite characters. In this seminar, Joan offers suggestions on handling all three areas of this fascinating genre.

For All Writers

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Elements of Story

    Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the elements of story remain the same. This humorous, engaging workshop uses Goldilocks and the Three Bears as a model for constructing any piece of writing.

    The Empowered Writer

    Publishing and technology offer more options to writers today than ever before. This seminar discusses those options, explores them and encourages writers to seek their own path to publication.

    The Writer’s Journal

    Every writer should keep a journal to develop ideas, characters and hone the craft of fine writing. In this workshop, Joan leads a discussion with writers on how they can use a writer’s journal to develop their particular project.

For the “Non Writing Expert”

    The Back of the Room Book

    Use your experiences and training to make yourself an expert with a published book. Learn how to write it, ask the right questions, find the right publisher, work with an editor, and publish a quality book to present yourself to the world as someone who has the answers. Put this entertaining, informative presentation by author Joan R. Neubauer on your calendar. Learn from an award-winning expert and take the opportunity to talk with her about your project.

Speaker Needs:

    Microphone: Yes, if more than 35 attendees.
    Handouts: Will provide handouts.
    Fee: Negotiable based on type of group and number of attendees.

Presentations by Steve Neubauer

Publish or Perish:

Steve Neubauer, of WordWright.biz provides a down-to-earth, practical, and humorous presentation about how to publish. He covers the entire process including the idea, writing, editing, cover design, printing, distribution, royalties, and PR.

He draws upon his extensive experience in the industry and explores the many available publishing options that can help writers find publishing success.

    Objectives:

    Teach:

    • The many avenues open to authors to achieve publication
    • What to look for in a publisher and what to avoid
    • What you do to promote sales and what the publisher does
    • Key elements of what is a “good deal”

    Benefits:

    Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to bring a book to the marketplace.

The Future of the Book:

Steve draws upon his skills as a degreed futurist (Masters Degree - University of Houston) to provide an overview of the origins of books and printing, to modern day technologies of Print On Demand, the near future, and potentials for hundreds of years in the future. The overall theme stresses the author’s importance and enduring key role in all of the emerging technologies. Fear not! The author remains supreme!

Objectives:

    Teach:

    • Some basic skills and techniques of futurists and how they apply to publishing
    • How the history of books shapes the future
    • How technology remains subservient to the power of the author
    • Overview of probable alternative futures

    Benefits:

    Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to bring a book to the marketplace.

Speaker Needs:

Room Set-Up: U-shaped seatingAVA Needs: Overhead Projector

Microphone: Yes, if more than 35 attendees. Handouts: Will provide handouts.

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