Speaking & Training

Are you looking for a speaker, panelist, or workshop presenter for your conference, class, writing group, or workplace? Look no further. 

Here are workshops we can present:

If You Didn’t Post It On Instagram, Did It Even Happen?: Social Media for Writers

Being social media savvy is a must for today’s writers. Publishers are looking to sign authors who have the kind of built-in audience a strong social-media following can bring. It’s also the number one way for authors to promote their books. And it doesn’t have to cost a thing. In this workshop, I’ll discuss the top tips, tricks, and best practices to help authors launch their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles to the next level so they can grow their audience and bring literary world domination.

Writing Romance for Fun and Profit

Romance readers are known for being voracious, as well as dedicated. If you publish a good story for them, they will keep coming back to you for more. And while romance is still going strong in full length and in print, many readers prefer novellas on e-readers. So if you write tight and use a bit of elbow grease and online ingenuity, you can produce three or four published titles per year with little or no cost. In this workshop, I’ll explain what all goes into writing and publishing romance at this rate.

Before You Write, You Have to Research

Even “pantsers” don’t jump into page one completely blind. In order to start writing, you need to have a basic idea of who your characters are, what they’re going to do, and where they’re going to do it. The more details you build from there, the easier it will be for you when you start writing. We’ll discuss brainstorming:

 

  • Character: backstory, personality, physical looks, quirks

  • Plot: genre, theme, plot formulas, subplots

  • Setting: location, time, relationship to characters

Then we'll learn how to get these details onto paper and ready for your first draft.

Mirror, Mirror: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Almost every writer has that dark night of the soul when you are sure all of your writing is garbage and you must have fooled everyone who ever liked what you’ve written because you, good sir or madam,  are not a real writer. And—let’s face it—for lots of us that dark night stretches into weeks and months. That feeling of being a fraud is called “Imposter Syndrome.” It is incredibly common, and you can overcome it. In this workshop I will explain tactics to you can use right away to stop it when it starts.

How to Set and Keep Writing Goals

In this hands-on workshop, we'll discuss using SMART goals and goal chunking to make bite-sized goals you are more likely to attain. Then we'll discuss setting a writing schedule that works with your life and how to use the pomodoro technique and other tactics to bust distraction and help you get your words on the page, day after day.

Do you have another idea or would like to discuss one of the above? Let's chat: Erin@dotanddashllc.cm

Meet the Speaker

Erin Servais is a book editor, author coach, and founder of Dot and Dash, LLC. In addition to being a public speaker, she leads and teaches at two local groups: Twin Cities Writing Accountability Group and Solo Entrepreneur Girl Gang, a networking and educational group for women business owners. 

Others from the Dot and Dash team are available for webinars and virtual classes. To learn more about them, click here.

Upcoming Speaking Events

Winter 2020: The Sensitivity Reader Podcast

Spring 2021: Women in Publishing Summit

National Webinar

Join me every second Wednesday of the month for our Writing Accountability Group meetings.

Join me every Thursday evening for our Writing Accountability Group weekly write-ins.

Past Speaking Events

October 8, 2020: Professional Editors Network

National Webinar

September 26, 2020: Rosemount Writers Festival

Rosemount, Minnesota — canceled due to COVID-19

 

May 1, 2020: American Copy Editors Society's national conference

Salt Lake City, Utah — canceled due to COVID-19

April 14, 2020: Professional Editors Network

National Webinar

April 2020: Portland State University

Online Presentation

NaNoWriMo, 2019: Weekly Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Training & Group Facilitation

Twin Cities Writing Accountability Group

This group Erin founded is for writers and aspiring writers in the Twin Cities who want help setting and reaching their writing goals. It's for all kinds of writers, including people creating books, short stories, blogs, articles, poetry, journals, and business writing. In each meeting,  I teach a lesson and lead a group coaching session about people's projects and how to overcome any individual blocks or obstacles. It currently has 250 members. For more information click here: Twin Cities Writing Accountability Group

Solo Entrepreneur

Girl Gang

This group Erin founded for Twin City businesswomen offers a judgment-free zone where a group of likeminded solo entrepreneurs and small business owners can empower each other through low-key conversations about real-life issues, goals, achievements, and resources. It currently has 200 plus members. For more information, click here: Solo Entrepreneur Girl Gang

Erin is available for your group training. To learn more, email Erin@dotanddashllc.com.

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