I am available to teach workshops and classes. Below is a list of workshops that are already written and prepared. Each workshop comes with a Q&A session and a handout for participants. Workshop lengths may be altered at your request. If there is a topic would like me to speak on, feel free to shoot me an email to discuss it.
Appearance and travel fees may apply.
“I Did It, It’s Done, Now What?”
PowerPoint; approx 1 hour with 20-30min for Questions
So you’ve written a novel! Congratulations on finally typing “The End”!
Now what do you do with it? This presentation explains the common routes and methods of writing a query letter, signing with an agent, and publishing your book (both traditionally and through self publishing avenues). I will discuss some of the pros and cons, the common pitfalls, and what specific widely-used terminology means. An excellent presentation for people new to the publishing world.
“Worldbuilding through Culture”
PowerPoint; approx 1 hour of speaking, 1 hour of workshopping, with an additional 20-30min for Questions
Every memorable speculative fiction story has a world we wish we could live in – from Hogwarts to Middle Earth, from the USS Enterprise to Panem. The geography of your secondary world is key, but the culture and the way it influences your characters is even more important. This session will focus on the nitty gritty of the influence of culture, values, and hegemony on your societies, people, places, and plot. We encourage authors to bring their ideas for their own worlds and cultures to the table, as well as note-taking materials.
“Reading for Writers”
Participatory Workshop; approx 1 hour
Hate reading from your book at launches and festivals? Worried you’re boring your audience? Using techniques commonly employed by professional performers and voice actors, this workshop is designed to help nervous and inexperienced writers read their own works in a way that is compelling, entertaining, and appropriate for the genre.
Readings, Signings, and Q&As
Any desired length.
J.M. is available for school visits, public library/bookstore visits, conferences, and conventions. Where possible, it is preferred to have travel costs covered at minimum, and for the venue to be accessible.
Any desired length.
Past topics have included “The Importances of the ‘What If’?” (Japan Exchange Teachers Programme, Pre-departure Orientation, July 2011), “Why International Exchanges Matter” (Fergus-Elora Rotary Club, June 2016), “Your Voice Is Valid” (Grant MacEwan University Student English Conference, February 2017).