Pamela is a dynamic speaker as well as a former law school instructor, former contributing instructor at WriteSpace Houston, and a past member of the National Speakers’ Association. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Wyoming Writers, Writers League of Texas, Society for Human Resource Management, the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Writers House, and the Houston Writers Guild, .
“Thank you so much for the awesome writer’s workshop you conducted at Kimble County Library last Saturday. You were so inspiring. In fact a few of the ones in attendance are planning to form a “writer’s group” in the near future. Everyone has been singing your praises. I hope you have a wonderful summer. Thank you again for such a great program.”Sylvia Lawler
Kimble County Library Director
208 North 10th Street
Junction, TX 76849
To book Pamela to speak for your writers group, book club, or other organization (she’s spoken to Rotary, Medical Examiners, Special Needs Parents, and many more), live or via Skype, email her at pamela at pamelafaganhutchins dot com. For Pamela’s professional CV and a list of speeches in the employment practices setting, visit her Consulting Page. For testimonials, click HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Listed below are sample topics, but don’t let it limit you as she is very versatile. If you simply want a Q&A and not a presentation, that works, too!
- Good Habits of Good Writers
Having trouble getting traction in your writing? Let’s talk about the behaviors that can break you out of your slump and catapult you into productivity.
- Following Your Dream: Writing, Publishing, Promotion
You’ve dreamed of writing a book. Maybe you’ve even started a draft or made it to the end, only to find yourself stymied by the “what next” question. Explore the scope of what’s ahead of you, and wrap you arms around your to-do list. Guaranteed to inspire even the most blocked writer.
- Power Revision: Taking Your Draft From Woe to Wow
Revision. We’ve all been there. We write a first draft, and we’re elated. We re-read it only to be appalled at how much it sucks. Fear not. You are in good company. While your task seems overwhelming, there are tried and true methods to rewrite and revise your book (focusing on the important elements of great writing), up to the detailed editing stage. This class is available in lecture format (2 hours) and workshop format (full day).
- Deep POV
Get inside your character’s heads and bring your writing to life by taking your point of view deep, down to the depths of your characters, but within the limits of POV rules. You won’t believe the difference deep POV will make in your character development and reader involvement.
- Finding Your Readers
What do you write? Who reads it? For that matter, who reads what, how, and where do they find it? The answers to these questions aren’t as hard as you think, and we’ll find them together in this session.
- Indie Publishing for Romance Writers
Did you know that romance makes up the largest category of ebook sales? Hugh Howey, he of Wool fame, opines that romance writers (and mystery/thriller and scifi/fantasy) are better off indie publishing. Come see why, and learn the ABCS of indie publishing a romance book.
- Indie Publishing for Mystery Writers
Did you know that mystery/thriller makes up the one of the three largest categories of ebook sales? Hugh Howey, he of Wool fame, opines that mystery/thriller writers (and romance and scifi/fantasy) are better off indie publishing. Come see why, and learn the ABCS of indie publishing a romance book.
- Saving Grace in 60-Days: Inspiration, Tips, and Tales from the Road With an Indie Author
Who knew indie publishing could be this much fun? Pamela Fagan Hutchins shares tips and tales from her 60-city RV book tour in the summer of 2013, where she promoted her debut romantic thriller, the Amazon-bestseller Saving Grace, as well as the mid-summer release of the second novel in the Katie & Annalise series, Leaving Annalise. With a revolving lineup of offspring driving the RV and her one-eyed Boston terrier in tow, Hutchins traveled around the country hosting author events at bookstores, meeting with book clubs and writers groups, speaking at public events, and doing television, radio, and print interviews, all while finishing her new release, What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? NOTE: Reader version and Writer versions.
- The First Six Months: Creating Your Own Book Launch Marketing Plan
Whether you publish indie or traditional, the marketing and promotion of your book is up to you, and the launch is critical. Bestselling (Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iTunes), nationally-distributed indie author Pamela Fagan Hutchins will lead a hands-on workshop as you create a launch timeline, budget, and marketing plan for “your” book. Pamela will pull from her experience as President/chief mentor of the Houston Writers Guild, her many indie workshop presentations, and the launch of her own twelve romantic mysteries and six nonfiction books, as captured in her USA Best Book award-winning how-to, What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? Bring your funny bone and a sharp #2 pencil (or laptop), as well as a book/manuscript (yours or someone else’s), with the blurb/description, genre, market, sales formats, a general budget, and price in mind.
- How to Make Your Indie Book a Bestseller, aka “What kind of loser indie publishes, and how can I be one, too?”
Are you the Frank Sinatra of writing, determined to make your words into a bestseller, but, by golly, doing it your way? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, the indie author of Amazon bestseller Saving Grace, was, and she shared how she did it in What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? In this workshop, Pamela ladles up soup to nuts advice on topics ranging from pre-publication decisions to release strategy and online promotion. Come with an open mind and a burning desire to indie publish, leave empowered and inspired. Note: This topic can be a full- or half-day workshop, or one hour micro-topics on any aspect of indie publishing.
- A Little Goes a Long Way: Dialect in Dialogue
Do you ever pick up a book and seamlessly fall into the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of characters from a part of the world you’ve never visited? Pamela does. She loved Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood for drawing her into rural Louisiana and The Last Picture Show for pulling her into a small Texas community in the mid-20th century. With both books, effective use of dialect played a huge role in my enjoyment of the setting and characters. But the opposite can happen, too. A hyper-focus on authenticity can make the book inaccessible to readers from outside that region, because it’s just too dang much work to read. So how do the good writers immerse us in the sounds of a culture without making us work for it? Come learn with Pamela and see why Kirkus Reviews praises Pamela’s mastery of writing dialog.
- Extreme Setting: Paint a High Impact Picture With Your Words
Don’t waste setting in your books with wooden words and cardboard sentences. Make the sand burn your reader’s feet and the shade of the mango tree cool their sweat. Learn to involve your characters and all five senses in painting a scene so real your readers reach for aloe vera and a hand towel.
- Deliberate Creativity
Cat got your writer’s tongue? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, the author of Amazon bestseller Saving Grace, shares her unique (and somewhat controversial) view of the creative process with fellow writers. Topics covered include stimulating creativity, mining your own life for creative inspiration, vanquishing your inner editor, establishing your own writing practice, speed writing, and overcoming writer’s block. Clear your schedule after her talk — you’re not going to be able to curb your desire to write.
- Colonel Mustard in the Conference Room With His Pants Down: Workplace Investigations
Real-life workplace investigator and mystery author Pamela Fagan Hutchins shares how art imitates life as she takes readers and writers on a guided tour of workplace investigations, comparing them to criminal investigations, and explaining how she incorporates what she knows into her award-winning books. You’ll laugh until your sides hurt and shake your head in disbelief at the bad behavior people engage in on the job, and get a glimpse into a field you probably didn’t even know existed.
- Everybody Blames The Mother (ADHD/Aspergers/Autism Spectrum/Special Needs)
Parents of special needs kids want the world to understand: they did not cause their children’s neurological “differentness” by bad parenting. Period. Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of The Clark Kent Chronicles, understands. She is the mother of a son she affectionately dubbed Clark Kent. In his ADHD mind he is Superman, but he lives in a world of neuro-typical kids who find his Aspergers Syndrome behaviors off-putting, to say the least. Pamela shares her inspirational journey through Clark Kent’s development, and her own.
- Good Morning is Good Manners, Mon
Have you ever dreamed of running away from it all, even for just a short vacation? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, the author of Amazon bestseller Saving Grace, whisked herself and her family from Texas to the Virgin Islands, where she found she stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. Not only that, she accidentally ended up the owner of a giant unfinished house in a remote rainforest area without even telephone service. Pamela shares how she overcame her “Ugly American” status and assimilated into an almost proper islander. You’ll learn how to get the most out of your Caribbean get away from her, whether it is for a week or a lifetime.
- Stepparenting in the Digital Age
Are you the unwitting evil stepmother/father in your stepchild’s own online Disney drama? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of How to Screw Up Your Kids and How to Screw Up Your Marriage, knows a thing or two about stepparenting in the digital age, having raised a virtual tribe of texting, Facebooking his-and-hers kids with her (wonderful) second husband. The social morés are evolving and complicated. Who can you friend? Who can you tag? What can you post, and how? What limits should you impose on texting — the hotline to the “other” parent — and when? Questions welcome, answers free, but you’ll have to bring your own stress ball.
- Marriage Do-Over Tips for First-Time Failures
Did you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of How to Screw Up Your Kids and How to Screw Up Your Marriage, is a certified first-marriage failure, executive coach, and somewhat of a slow learner. She shares her hard-won experience and do-over tips with tongue firmly in cheek, including “Figuring Out Who’s the Asshole,” “Winning the Crack Baby Battle,” “Selling a Relationship Operating Agreement to Your Doubting Thomas,” and “How to Make Everyone Around You Want to Puke,” all through her simple success paradigm of See It, Say It, Honor It, Do It, and Be It. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll think, but, most importantly, when you leave, you will be armed to act. . . differently.
- Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans
Do you feel like the best of you left the building and took your memory and zip with it? Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of Hot Flashes and Half Ironmans, sure did. She shares her inspirational story of bucking traditional health care and regaining her mojo during perimenopause through a natural health and wellness regimen. In fact, she felt so good that she celebrated with five marathons, two half Ironmans, and three books… in two years. Be careful, she’s likely to bring out the over-achieving mediocre middle-aged endurance athlete in you, too.
Rates: travel-related expenses plus honorarium. Book clubs are gratis if conducted via Skype.
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