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I’m a seasoned public speaker with years of experience as a newspaper reporter and university teacher, and I would be happy to speak at your event.

I have been speaking publicly for more than 20 years, beginning with speech team and theater in high school. I minored in speech communications in college and then worked as a newspaper reporter, which honed my communication skills. I’m comfortable in small and large groups. I’ve been teaching at the university level for more than 10 years and regularly teach lecture classes of 150 students.

Since my book has been published in March 2013, I’ve given presentations (both individual and panel) at:

  • Waseca Rotary Club
  • Waseca County Historical Society
  • Traverse des Sioux Library System fundraiser
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • South Central College
  • First Presbyterian Church, Mankato
  • Assisi Heights, Rochester
  • Mankato Area Lifelong Learners

In addition, I’ve given several readings in Mankato, Waseca, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Chicago.


I speak on topics such as:

  • The writing process
  • Memoir and creative nonfiction
  • Historical perspectives on death and dying
  • Cemeteries in society
  • Grief in society
  • Faith

Private workshops and writing classes

I have more than 10 years of curriculum experience developing and teaching courses at the university level, both face-to-face and online.

I am happy to do half-day or daylong writing workshops with small groups on memoir or creative nonfiction. I can work with you to develop a unique workshop depending on your specific needs and goals.

I also can set up an online class for a duration of 4-12 weeks. An online class consists of readings, discussions, writing exercises, and weekly live chat sessions via Skype or Google Hangouts. This is a great option for people who do not live in my area, who prefer something a little more self-paced, or who would rather work on writing in the comfort of their own homes.

Classroom and Library Visits

I can either come to your school or do a session via Skype.

For grades 9-12, I lead workshops and discussions that focus on essay, journalism, and memoir.

See this video that explains how my book can be used in classrooms.

For elementary and middle school grades, I can do activities that revolve around one of my many children’s nonfiction books. One of my more popular presentations is from my Can You Survive Antarctica? interactive adventure book.

Conferences and workshops

I’m available to do an individual or panel presentation at writing conferences and workshops. I’m also available to lead workshops on the craft of memoir, essay, and narrative nonfiction.

Fees and expenses

I charge expenses, such as mileage and overnight accommodations if necessary. Please contact me for more information regarding fees.