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 Speakers

Erin Servais is a book editor, author coach, and founder of Dot and Dash. In addition to being a public speaker, who is due for her national debut in Spring 2020, 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. 

Maud Grauer is a content creator, copy editor, and co-presenter at Dot and Dash. She also has experience leading groups and can help facilitate breakout sessions.

Upcoming Speaking Events

November 30, 2019: Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in @ Sencha Tea Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Salt Lake City, Utah

Past Speaking Events

November 16, 2019: Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in @ Sencha Tea Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 23, 2019: Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in @ Sencha Tea Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 9, 2019: Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in @ Sencha Tea Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 02, 2019: Ask the Editor Table; NaNoWriMo write-in @ Sencha Tea Bar

Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 4, 2019: So You Want to Write a Novel: A NaNoWriMo Primer @ Sencha Tea Bar

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 60 plus 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 100 plus members. For more information, click here: Solo Entrepreneur Girl Gang

Erin and Maud are available for your group training. To learn more, email Erin@dotanddashllc.com.

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