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Adult Readers & Writers

*Great options for libraries, book clubs, writing groups, and conferences. 

From Concept to Completion: A Writer’s Process 

Readers tend to have a fascination with a writer’s process. What inspired the writer’s idea? How does the writer develop an idea? How long does it take? Does the writer use a computer, a notebook, both? In this presentation, Tamara will share her process as one example of how to bring a book from concept to completion.


Iron Valley Vikings: The Story of the Four-Book Sports Series 

Tamara’s debut young adult series features four Iron Valley High School sports stories. In this presentation, Tamara will share the background for each of the books’ concepts, themes and powerful moments in the series. She will also share the process of developing and publishing four books for publication in one year and the subsequent writing and marketing challenges. 

Writing the Strong Female Character

The strong heroine of young adult fiction is not a passing trope. As discussions of gender equality and the #MeToo movement advanced in recent years, readers have become increasingly critical of the representation of female protagonists, especially in young adult fiction. This session will highlight the expectations placed on the YA heroine while noting the contradiction of such expectations. While this session will focus on protagonists from young adult fiction, the content will have crossover appeal for authors and readers of adult fiction as well.


13 First Draft Mistakes and How to Fix Them

As they should, writers celebrate that first draft, but then the hard part comes - revision. To revise successfully, writers must identify the key issues plaguing that first draft and be able to address them with appropriate tools and tricks. This session will identify thirteen of the most common first draft mistakes such as info dumps, not fully developing the theme or concept of the novel, weak structure, slow pacing, neglecting the protagonist’s inner journey and more. Additionally, the presenter will share specific techniques for how to remedy each of these challenges in that pesky first draft. 

*Rates and travel expenses for presentations vary based on the context. Email Tamara to discuss!

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