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    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

    more videos here

    Hire Ethan!

    I love to teach, talk, and inspire people to be creative, tell great stories and to commune with their inner geeks.  I am a hired pencil looking for a story to write or help you write, microphone to speak into and some dice to roll. 

    If you need help with your writing, my custom manuscript consulting and personal writing coaching business can help.

    Or, hire me if your corporate team, bookstore, book group, school, library, or other group would like me to:

    • give a talk
    • organize a discussion
    • teach a writing class
    • teach you how to play Dungeons & Dragons
    • moderate a panel or Q&A


    I look forward to working with you! Contact me at ethan [at[] ethangilsdorf [dot] com.


    I've appeared at conventions like Pax East, Gen Con and DragonCon; moderated events at the Boston
    Book Festival; spoken at universities like Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame and events like TEDx [including this talk]; been the keynote speaker and classroom guest at colleges, and high, middle and elementary schools; appeared on TV, radio and podcasts; and performed my poetry in New York, Boston, Paris, London, and Los Angeles.

    I've also taught kids and adults of all ages to play D&D -- from GrubStreet, Harvard Law School and Bryn Mawr College students, to School One (Providence) high schoolers and Providence Public Library middle schoolers, as well as kids at private parties and events.

    Custom topics and talks are possible. 

    I'm also available as a private consultant, manuscript editor and personal coach to work woith you one-on-one to fulfill your writing goals. (Here's a schedule of classes I'm already teaching in Boston, Providence and online.)



    Some of the events and services I can bring to your lecture hall, writing class or dungeon: 


    Personal Coaching and Manuscript Editing:

    I have more than 15 years experience as a freelance writer and teacher of writing. I'm available for editing, consulting, and coaching (and butt kicking), and to help guide and provide feedback for anyone out there working in nonfiction, essay, op-ed, personal essay, memoir, poetry and fiction. I also consult on book promotion.


    Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, 
    The Lecture:

    An overview presentation of my award-winning book, with a reading, and (if you want) a slide-lecture that encapsulates my journey into fantasy and gaming subcultures (D&D, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, World of Warcraft, medieval re-enactors), explains the appeal of these fantasy worlds, and my own journey to accept my inner geek.

    Ethan geeking out with school kids in New Hampshire. Yes, I will wear chainmail.How Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life:

    A group of newbies playing D&D at Bryn Mawr College. In three hours, Ethan taught them to play characters, roll dice, and have a kick-orc time.

    An inspiring and motivational talk about my personal history playing D&D and other role-playing games, and how they influenced me, changed my life, and helped me become a creative, socialized, and (mostly) full-adjusted human being I am today. With images from my personal gaming collection and the history of role-playing games.

    I've Always Wanted to Play D&D, But ... A Three-Hour Fantasy Role-Playing Game Experience:

    Using a quick-start method and simplified version of the rules, I've developed a 3 to 5 hour D&D experience that even non-nerds can understand. In one session, you and your pals can play characters, go on an adventure, solve problems and defeat evil in your unique way, help tell a memorable story -- and have a great time. Doritos and Mountain Dew can be arranged.

    Ethan leading a writing workshop at GrubStreet's Muse and the Marketplace conference, Boston.Writing Workshops:

    Teen Writing Adventure (three-hour or day-long writing classes for kids); Adult Writing Bootcamps (same thing for adults: fiction, nonfiction, poetry); How to Be a Freelance Writer (Tips, strategies and craft basics for writing articles, essays and op-ed for publication) and custom workshops classes in storytelling, memoir, personal essay, journalism and op-ed writing, for all skill and experience levels.