Author Visits and Speaking Engagements

Samantha M Clark

Samantha M Clark

Let’s talk BOOKS! Contact me about presenting at schools, libraries, conferences and other events. Fill out this form for fees and availability.

Here’s a list of suggested topics, but feel free to suggest your own:

FOR KIDS

Story: From Campfire to Newspaper to Movie Theater

People have been telling stories since we lived in caves. As a former journalist, I’ve worked and studied writing for newspapers, magazines, the screen and — my favorite — books. In this workshop, your students will learn the basic parts of every story (character, conflict, situation, conclusion, etc.), come up with those parts for their own joint story, then see how that story would be told through different venues, like in a conversation between friends, in a newspaper article, in a magazine, in a book, in a stage play, and in a movie. (Best in small groups)

Words We Tell Ourselves

We all tell ourselves stories, about who we are and what we can do, and too often in the stories, we see ourselves as negative, not enough. That happens to the Boy in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and for him, it’s a hard battle to win. To help, the Boy tells himself stories where he can be the hero. Words have power, when they come from other people or ourselves, and in this presentation, I’ll talk about how words have affected me and ways to focus those words on the positive. (Can be done as a presentation for larger groups or a more interactive workshop for smaller groups)

No No No Yes: How to Keep Going After Rejection

I got close to 100 rejections before I was offered a publishing deal for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, then I got two offers from different publishers the same day. Rejection is a big part of any creative endeavor, and a big part of life. But “no” is not an end unless you make it one. In this presentation, I talk about my long journey to publication and how to turn a “no” into a “yes” with hard work and belief in yourself. (Can be done in small or large groups)

FOR ADULTS

No No No Yes: How to Keep Going After Rejection

I got close to 100 rejections before I was offered a publishing deal for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, then I got two offers from different publishers the same day. Rejection is a big part of any creative endeavor, and a big part of life. But “no” is not an end unless you make it one. In this presentation, I talk about my long journey to publication and how to turn a “no” into a “yes” with hard work and belief in yourself.

Thinking Outside the Box With Middle Grade Fiction

When we think of books for 8- to 12-year-olds, we generally think of mysteries, fun adventures, or school comedies like the Wimpy Kid series. These are all wonderful and kids devour them. But stories for this age group don’t have to follow the usual guidelines. Many loved middle-grade novels branch out in language, voice, narrator choices, POV, structure, topics and themes. This workshop looks at the books that stretch the middle-grade imagination and how you can too.

Whose Story Is It?: How Voice & POV Play Together to Tell Your Tale

Writers are often told that “voice” in a story is them, and this is true: a writer’s choice of words, sentence structure, rhythm all contribute to voice. But depending on the story, voice is also about character. Who tells a story and how is the bedrock of a book’s foundation. In this workshop, I explore how voice and point-of-view are connected, how they affect story, and how they help you think about your characters.

The Middle: From Muddy to Muscled

The middle is the longest part of any story and often the most difficult to get right. We agonize over the muddy middle, how to make it flow, what to put in, how to keep up the pace. In this workshop, I look at how the midpoint of your story can be the tent pole that holds up the rest of your structure, informing everything before it and everything after.

If you’d like me to speak on a different topic, let me know when you contact me. I’m always happy to customize a presentation.

I also offer free 15-minute virtual Q&A author visits to classes and book clubs who have read my book. Contact me to schedule yours.