I love to give talks and readings, slide presentations, moderate panels, teach creative writing and role-playing games, and inspire people to geek out.
I've fought (badly) with foam swords in public. I'm not afraid to wear my chain mail and tunic. I've taught high schoolers and senior citizens how to write poems, memoirs and op-eds. I've taught 25 newbies how to play Dungeons & Dragons in one evening. I've inspired people to feel better about their geekiness.
I've appeared at conventions like Pax East, Gen Con and DragonCon; read at book festivals in Atlanta, Brooklyn and Boston; spoken at universities like Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Bryn Mawr and LSU; and appeared at dozens of bookstores, book groups, high schools, libraries, and other venues.
If your bookstore, library, book group, writer's festival, college/university, high school, club, game shop, convention, bar, cafe, mother, etc. would like to book me to give a talk, slide-lecture, organize a discussion, teach a writing class, or have me moderate a panel or Q&A, I am a hired gun looking for a microphone to speak into and some dice to roll.
For booking, rates and program details, contact me here.
For a schedule of classes I'm already teaching, see this.
Here are some of the events I can happily bring to your lecture hall, writing class or dungeon. Custom topics and talks are also possible.
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, The Lecture:
An overview 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.
How Dungeons & Dragons Saved My Life:
An inspiring 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-like 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. Dortitos and Mountaimn Dew can be arranged.
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)
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.