Speaking

Experienced in working with groups of students or adults, I would be happy to present to your classroom, employees, book club, or group.

Some of my favorite presentation and workshop topics are listed here. To request availability, contact me today.

Kris Spisak Master Class at JRWC15

(Image from my 2015 James River Writers Master Class: Nuts & Bolts, Editing Like a Pro)

Future Speaking Events:

“Nuts and Bolts of Indie Publishing”
Virginia Writers Club annual Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium, Charlottesville, VA
August 5, 2017

Festival of the Written Word
Chesterfield County Public Library, Midlothian, VA
November 4, 2017

“Grammartopia-Durham”
Durham County, South Regional Library, Durham, NC
November 19, 2017

“Grammartopia-ARGS”
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA
December 9, 2017

Past Speaking Events:

“Words Matter, RVA”
Richmond Public Library – Main Branch, Richmond, VA
June 1, 2017

“Editing Like a Pro” Workshop
Riverside Young Writers Club, Fredericksburg, VA
May 27, 2017

“Using Your Words Well” Workshop
Hanover High School, Hanover, VA
May 12, 2017

“Grammartopia-RVA” (Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders… Book Launch!)
Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
April 19, 2017

“Professional Email Communications & Writing for the Web”
Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity, Yorktown, VA
April 18, 2017

“The Hidden Philosophies of Lewis Carroll: Unraveling Wonderland”
The City of Richmond’s 2017 Seniors Book Club Launch, Richmond, VA
February 10, 2017

“Elevating Your Online Presence”
Annual Southeast Jurisdiction of Methodist Foundations Conference, Charlottesville, VA
February 6, 2017

“Befriending the Editing Scissors” (Moderator)
James River Writers’ Writing Show, The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA
January 25, 2017

“Action and Reaction: Capturing Movement on the Page” (Moderator)
James River Writers’ Writing Show, The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA
September 28, 2016

Online Presence Keynote
National Association of United Methodist Foundations Annual Communications Workshop, Richmond, VA
July 28, 2016

“The Hidden Philosophies of Lewis Carroll: Unraveling Wonderland”
5100 Book Club, Richmond, VA
May 10, 2016

“Nuts & Bolts: Editing your Work like a Pro” (Master Class)
James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
October 16, 2015

“First Pages” Panel
James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
October 18, 2015

Professional Email Communication Workshop
CarMax Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, VA
September 21, 2015

Professional Email Communication Workshop
CarMax Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, VA
September 2, 2015

Professional Email Communication Workshop
CarMax Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, VA
August 17, 2015

Professional Email Communication Workshop
CarMax Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, VA
July 24, 2015

“Life After Rejection: What to do before you query again” (Moderator)
James River Writers’ Writing Show, The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA
March 25, 2015

“Plotters vs. Pantsers” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
October 19, 2014

“Other Desert Cities” Discussion Panel
Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond, VA
May 3 & May 9, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre Coffee Chat (Moderator)
Richmond, VA
April 8, 2014

“Know Your Audience, Know Your Voice”
Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA
September 19 & 20, 2013

“Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Content Writers”
International Association of Business Communicators Meeting, Richmond, VA
April 4, 2013

“Making a Book from Query to Release” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
October 21, 2012

“Opportunities Abound: Markets For Your Words” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference, Richmond, VA
October 21, 2012

“The Art of Creation: How to Craft Strong Fiction”
Oak Knoll Middle School, Mechanicsville, VA
August 8, 2012

“You’ve Written the Book, Now What?” Writing Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
December 14, 2011

The Value of Creative Writing: Language Arts Faculty Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
November 30, 2011

Imagery & Metaphor Writing Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
November 9, 2011

“Depth of Character & Setting” Writing Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
October 26, 2011

Freewriting Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
October 19, 2011

“Power of the Pen” Writing Workshop
Carver Middle School, Chester, VA
October 12, 2011

“The Agent Relationship” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference ’11, Richmond, VA
October 8, 2011

“Writing Richmond: Researching and Capturing our City” (Moderator)
James River Writers’ Writing Show, Richmond, VA
January 27, 2011

“The Hidden Philosophies of Lewis Carroll: Unraveling Wonderland”
Virginia Commonwealth University Literati Club, Richmond, VA
October 27, 2010

“Idea to Bookstore Shelf” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference ’10, Richmond, VA
October 9, 2010

Welcome Address
James River Writers Conference ’10, Richmond, VA
October 8, 2010

“Revealing History: Researching for Fiction and Non-fiction”
Chesterfield County Library Writer’s Workshop, Chesterfield, VA
March 13, 2010

“Cut & Paste, Rewritten & Erased: Q & A with Editors” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference ’09, Richmond, VA.
October 10, 2009

“Versed from Elite to Street: Poetry for the Page & Stage” (Moderator)
James River Writers Conference ’09, Richmond, VA
October 10, 2009

“A Fear of Intimacy: Misinterpretation of Themes due to the Sensationalism of the Sexual in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s novel, Emile, and Madonna’s music video, Like a Prayer”
Virginia Community College Faculty Research Symposium, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA.
April 2008

“The Fun of Fiction: How to Write Your Caldecott winning book”
St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools (2nd grade classes), Richmond, VA.
February 2007

“Writing Strong Fiction”
St. Catherine’s School (6th grade class), Richmond, VA.
April 2005