Since 1999, I’ve presented writing workshops on subjects as diverse as nature writing, independent book publishing, journaling with an eye to book publication, and social media.
Some of my more in-depth topics workshops at writers’ conferences over the years have included Perfecting your Online Persona, Working with WordPress, Wowing them on the Web, New Media for Writers, Nonfiction Book Proposals, Marketing in the Internet Age, and Guidebook Writing. I’ve served as both a faculty member and director for the Society of American Travel Writers Institute for Travel Writing and Photography.
These days, I prefer to focus on teaching newcomers the craft of writing rather than delving deep into the technical aspects of the writing life, but I will consider providing in-person instruction at conferences that interest me. To present a writing workshop on a topic we mutually agree upon, I require an honorarium and travel assistance. Please contact me to discuss your needs.
Past Writing Workshop & Panelist Venues
Canada Media Marketplace ▪ Florida Outdoor Writers Association Annual Conference ▪ Midwest Travel Writers Association Annual Conference ▪ SATW Institute ▪ Society of American Travel Writers Annual Convention ▪ Society of American Travel Writers Chapter and Council Meetings ▪ Society of Childrens’ Book Writers & Illustrators Regional Conference ▪ Trail Dames Summit
“Thanks for an excellent Professional Development session at Orlando. I’ve been to quite a few presentations on similar topics, but not any as well organized and as new user friendly as yours. Too often the presenter assumes the audience knows almost as much and thus leaves lots of people in the vapor trail or assumes they know nothing and never gets beyond blogging. I especially appreciated your thoroughness, preparation and willingness to share resources.” – Gary Knowles, Midwest Travel Writers Association
“I want to thank you for presenting the seminar on Book Publishing at the recent Florida Outdoor Writers Conference. You did a fine job, taking a large, complex subject and giving a complete and thorough overview of it.” – John Kumiski, Chairman of the Board, Florida Outdoor Writers Association
“Thank you for your help with FOWA’s Craft Improvement Day at the Punta Gorda Conference…your insights into guidebooks were certainly to-the-point.” – Tommy Thompson, Executive Director, Florida Outdoor Writers Association
To inspire people to get outdoors in Florida, John and I present HOW TO HIKE THE FLORIDA TRAIL at venues like civic groups, hiking conferences, libraries, outdoor clubs, outdoor festivals, retail stores, and Scouting events. 25 minutes of the presentation is a lively video we’ve produced to showcase our National Scenic Trail in Florida, the Florida Trail, and what you need to know about hiking it, because Florida is different – unlike any other state in the USA when it comes to hiking. The remainder of the workshop, which can run 30 minutes to an hour or more depending on your time limit, is a question and answer session providing specific information to allay any fears you have about plunging into day hiking or backpacking in Florida. We generally provide this workshop freely to promote the Florida Trail, our travel schedule permitting, but ask that we be able to sell copies of our books after the presentation. If you’re a significant distance from our home base near Orlando we’ll need to talk about travel expenses.
Are you looking for a specific workshop on an aspect of natural Florida? We provide immersive visuals of our natural landscapes and unscripted repartee with the audience, sharing what’s delightful in your the Sunshine State. Some of our more popular topics are Best Hikes in Florida, Best Hikes in (your region), hikes showcasing Florida’s botanical beauty, discovering hidden natural gems in Florida. We also provide simple workshops on getting comfortable with outdoor gear.
For any workshop that requires us to do prep work, especially of a custom visual presentation, we require an honorarium. Assistance with travel expenses is expected if you’re more than an hour from Orlando. Please contact us to discuss your ideas and budget and to check on our availability. Our schedule tends to be very full during Florida’s hiking season, October-April.
Past Outdoor Workshop Venues
Alabama Hiking Trails Association Annual Conference ▪ Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association Gathering ▪ Appalachian Trail Club of Florida ▪ FWC “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” Workshops ▪ Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Annual Conference ▪ Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference ▪ Florida Trail Association Annual Conference ▪ Florida Trail Association Chapter Meetings ▪ First Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival ▪ Friends of Florida State Parks Annual Forum ▪ Lyonia Preserve ▪ Ocali Country Days ▪ Oscar Scherer State Park ▪ Space Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival ▪ Trail Dames Summit ▪ University of Scouting ▪ Wings & Wildlife Festival ▪ and more than a dozen libraries throughout Florida
Bass Pro Shops ▪ Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure ▪ Flint Creek Outfitters ▪ REI Jacksonville ▪ Trail & Ski ▪ Travel Country Outdoors