Back in September, my business partner and I drove down to Midland, Texas, to teach at the Permian Basin Writer’s Workshop sponsored by the Midland Public Library. We had such a fabulous time! We met so many wonderful people and truly enjoyed ourselves.
I got to teach one session, Page-Turning Plot Structure, and then Katie and I co-taught another session, Worldbuilding and Setting Detail. We had so much fun and even got to meet some fans!
Here’s the thing a lot of people don’t realize about me: I hate speaking in front of people. Being up at the front of a room isn’t my idea of a good time. It’s actually one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. And no matter how many people tell me what a good job I do, I always feel like I stumble and stutter hopelessly.
So of course I had to end up in a profession that demands a lot of public speaking. But that’s okay. Because I’m learning.
That being said, I actually had a great time teaching in Midland. Plot structure is something I’m really passionate about, so it was fun to be able to share what I’ve learned about it with other people.
We also sold a lot of books too. And, the best part, my parents came along! Mom and Dad ran the book table while I taught, and they had a ball.
With the success of this little adventure, I’m looking at some other opportunities to speak and teach. I’ve had several more opportunities pop up, and I’m pursuing those options. But I’m open for others.
I’ve already taught on plot structure, but I can teach about character, editing, writing itself, or business aspects. If you’re looking for something more technical, I can even do workshops on Microsoft Office, WordPress, ebook formatting, or basic HTML.
I’ve also led devotionals for women’s groups if that’s more of what you’re looking for.
So if you’ve got a conference coming up and you need someone to teach, let me know. I’ve discovered that I enjoy it, and from the feedback I’ve been getting, it sounds like I’m good at it too!
Conferences? Book clubs? Workshops? Let me know. If you can help me with the cost of getting there (I’ll drive!) and the cost of a place to stay (nothing fancy) and something to eat along the way, I’m your gal!
Who’d have known teaching and speaking would be so much fun? I didn’t believe it, honestly. Now some of that might have come from how nice everyone at PBWW was! But I’d be willing to be the country is full of nice people. And for the first time, I think I’m actually ready to meet them all.