Presentations and Workshops
Ron offers a number of sessions and workshops that have been presented for one or more of the following conferences and groups, perhaps we can add yours: COSINE Fan Convention, Crested Butte Writers Conference, Douglas County Writers Conference, Parker Writers, Pikes Peak Writers - Conference and Write Brain Sessions, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Colorado Gold Conference and Educational Programs
NOTE Regarding Updates and Current Information: Technology, tools, and business practices are constantly changing and improving. ALL workshop materials and handouts are revised prior to each presentation. Most conferences require substantial lead time (60 - 90 days) for submission of handouts. Therefore all presentations will contain a link to download a revised PDF handout file if changes have occurred after handouts are sent to the conference organization.
For the convenience of tablet and smartphone users, a QR (Quick Response) code will be displayed EARLY in the presentation (and also on the original handout) so attendees can download updated materials to their devices at their convenience. Try it with the sample on the right.
Exorcise the Stage Fright Demon
Full Title: Exorcise the Stage Fright Demon
Yikes! Have a reading coming up? A local TV or radio interview? A first-page reading at a conference or contest? Scared? Don't be.
Geared toward: authors, artists, and others unaccustomed to public speaking who have been called upon for readings, book signings, gallery openings, or other public appearances.
Session Format: Designed to fit into a one-hour conference time slot.
Venue Requirements: Data projector and screen, 120 VAC power for laptop
Workshop Format: two or four hour workshops, designed with practice exercises.
In The Shorts
Full Title: Takin' It in the Shorts: Maybe it's NOT Attention Span!
What if all we need to do is find a way to fit into the snippets of free time in people's lives?
Geared toward: Any writer who is interested in ePublishing and possible trends in readership
Session Format: One hour seeded discussion This workshop has a companion blog at (intheshorts.blogspot.com)
Venue Requirements: Minimum - whiteboard and/or flip chart, etc
Lights, Camera, Interview
Full Title: Lights, Camera Interview: Preparing for Real and Virtual Video Interviews
Invited to do an interview for your local TV station or public access programs? How about creating your own interview for your YouTube® channel?
Geared toward: Writers who would like to use video interviews, television, YouTube, FaceBook, Blogs, etc. to promote themselves and their work
Session Formats: Conference formats in one and two hour lengths (see details below)
Venue Requirements: Minimum - Data projector and screen, 120 VAC AC power for laptop and camera. Recommended - 120 VAC AC power for lights (1000 watts), minimum 15 minutes set up time. Recommended - 45 minutes access to venue prior to session to install and utilize green screen background.
Map Trap Zap
Full Title: Mapping, Trapping, and Zapping: Free and Inexpensive Tools for Planning, Organization, and Execution
Technology can be more than a friend, how about a full time assistant? Capture ideas? Track tiny details - like your character's expensive watch. Fast, easy and mostly free!
Geared Toward: The primary audience for this workshop would be writers and others who need to keep track of a number of details for something they're working on. Most of the tools discussed are designed for writers, both fiction and non-fiction.
Session Format: One hour, including Q&A (this workshop is supported with a specially designed blog (maptrapzap.blogspot.com) to allow attendees an opportunity to learn more about all of the tools and concepts presented, and to keep astride of changes in these concepts.
Venue Requirements: Minimum - Data Projector and Screen, 120 VAC power for laptop; realtime internet access is a plus
Full Title: Playing Spider: Enticing Your Web Web Audience
Get a quick overview on the basics of TODAY's internet and what you can do to "get" out there, or maximize your current presence.
Geared toward: authors, artists, musicians, and other small businesses who would like to present an active, dynamic community web presence without substantial investment in either dollars or time.
Session Format: Designed to fit into a one-hour conference time slot. This workshop is supported by a comprehensive online environment at www.playingspider.com
Venue requirements: Data projector and screen, 120 VAC power for laptop
See Twist Write
Full Title: See It, Twist It, Write It: Detailed Observation for Writers
A writers' observation workshop -- with a twist. Beyond capturing and writing...with the addition of the magic phrase "what if?"
Geared toward: Beginning, intermediate, or advanced writers who want to improve their observation skills.
Session Format: one hour workshop that can easily expand into a two hour session with hands-on activities.
Venue requirements: Data projector and screen, 120 VAC power for laptop, this workshop is most effective in a classroom configuration with tables
SocialMedia: Best Worst and Ugliest
Full title: Once Upon a Time in SocialMedia Land: The Best, Worst, and Ugliest
What is SocialMedia? Can I catch it from somebody? Is it just a waste of time or does it have value? How can I use it?
Geared toward: Anyone with an interest in the pros, cons, and basics of the SocialMedia universe.
Session format: While this session can work well in a one-hour slot, a time allotment of ninety minutes or two hours provides the opportunity for much deeper audience engagement. And, after all, engagement is what social media is all about.
Venue Requirements: Minimum - data projector and screen, 120 VAC power for laptop. Recommended - realtime internet access.
Totem Poles and Rabbit Holes
Full Title: Totem Poles and Rabbit Holes™: Baby Steps into the Electronic Future
Some creative ways to use external sources to expand your readers' experiences, and draw them more deeply into the world you've created.
Geared toward: All Writers and readers with an interest in the possibilities future state fiction publications; novels, short stories, and even new formats.
Session Format: Ninety-minute minimum, two hour recommendation
Venue Requirements: Data projector and screen, 120 VAC power for laptop. Realtime internet access is a plus.