upcoming events

 

Nonfiction Writers Conference promo image laptop in middle and images of guest speakers floating around itNonfiction Writers Conference (Always Virtual)

May 5-7, 2021

I'll be joining the NFWC again as a publishing industry professional for thier popular Ask-a-Pro sessions.

Click here to register today for the best online conference experience I can recommend!

Use code LASTCHANCE20 to save 20% off registration. Discount expires 4/23/21.


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Virtual Event

Idaho Writers Guild Literary Lunch: Book Publishing Panel

 

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

noon-1:00 p.m. MST
 
with developmental editor and author career strategist Cristen Iris; editor, author, and founder of Unbound Northwest, Troy Lambert; and New York Times bestselling humorist and travel writer Amanda K. Turner
 
Stay tuned for participation details, and join the Idaho Writers Guild today.

Idaho Writers Guild Membervirtual class

How to Avoid the Top 5 Novel-Writing Mistakes

 

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

6:30 p.m.

There are some storytelling and execution problems that leave literary agents and readers cold.

During this presentation, you'll learn the difference between situation and story, about continuity errors and their impact on readers, why your choice of point of view can make or break a story, and more.

Stay tuned for participation details, and join the Idaho Writers Guild today.


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Idaho Writers Conference 2021

October 1-2, 2021

Boise, Idaho

I'll be:

  • providing manuscript evaluations,
  • serving as an expert panelist,
  • be participating in the publishing "speed dating" event,
  • and offering general advice and support to attendees and other faculty members.

Stay tuned for details.


Rediscovered Books

Did you miss Our May 7th Ask an Editor Facebook Live Event?

 

Rediscovered Books: 500+ views; click here for video access.

 

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Looking for a speaker or media guest?

Event organizers love my enthusiasm and commitment to their success. I see myself as your strategic partner, invested in your event and your attendees’ experience, not just a speaker.

Attendees love my straight-forward, results-oriented approach and fun but educational delivery. They also appreciate how I find ways to speak to authors at every skill level and stage of the publishing journey.

POPULAR TOPICS & WORKSHOPS

 

writing

Your Vision, Your Voice: How to Think Like and Work with a Developmental Editor (SOLD OUT & rated 9.67 out of 10 by Idaho Writers Guild Literary Luncheon attendees!)

Writing and Book Awards: The Why, Which, and When (to help you sell more books)

Micro Blogging for Authors: Develop Your Brand and Sell More Books (Rated 9.5 out of 10 by attendees!)

Writing Memoir: Find the Story in Your History (for aspiring authors, always an audience pleaser)

Editing Memoir: The Difference between Commercial and Legacy Memoir (for professional editors)

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You: How to Develop Your Craft and Create a Brand that Opens Doors

From No to Go! How to Build Your Brand and Write a Competitive Book Proposal

Quiet Influence: Brand Building and Power Networking for Introverts

 

health, effectiveness, and community

The Approachable Vegan: How to Talk Your Walk without Trampling Others

Play to Win: How to Make Your Life Imitate Your Art & Be the Hero of Your Own Journey

Real World Anthropology: How Understanding People and Their Environments Can Improve Your Experience and Outcomes

all customized to appeal to your audience and meet your goals

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Cristen Iris speaking to Idaho Writers Guild Literary Luncheon attendees at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho

past events

Writing and Book Awards: The Why, Which, and When to Help You Sell More Books (January, 2021 Video Meeting)

Nonfiction Writers Conference: Ask-a-Pro Sessions (November 2020, Sold Out)

Be So Good They Can't Ignore You: How to Develop Your Craft and Create a Brand that Opens Doors (Writers Corner, Library! at Collister, February 2020)

A Professional Approach to Writing and Editing Commercial Memoir (Idaho Editors and Writers Association, February 2020)

Writing a Legacy Memoir: Finding the Story in Your History (Hillcrest Library Boise, Idaho October 2019)

Micro Blogging for Authors: Develop Your Brand and Sell More Books (Library! at Collister Boise, Idaho October 2019 Rated 9.5 out of 10 by attendees!)

Your Vision, Your Voice: How to Think like and Work with a Developmental Editor (Idaho Writers Guild Literary Luncheon August 2019, Sold Out & Rated 9.67/10!)

The Approachable Vegan: Bringing People to the Table and Keeping Them There (Boise Self-Help Group August 2019)

The Persuasive Vegan: How to Talk Your Walk without Trampling Others (Whole Food, Plant-Based 4 Life Support Group, Boise August 2019)

Play to Win: How to Make Your Life Imitate Your Art & Be the Hero of Your Own Journey (The Aware Athlete Show August 2019)

Memoir Writing 101: Finding the Story in Your Story (Eagle Public Library January 2019)

Setting the Record Straight: How Traditional Publishing Really Works and Why You Need to Understand It (Meridian Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association January 2019)

Author Panel Q&A (Library! at Collister December 2018)

Genre Specialization: The Key to Editorial Excellence (Idaho Editors and Writers Association November 2018)

Secrets to Writing Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction (Nonfiction Authors Association Teleseminar October 2018)

Anthropology at Work: Education to Employment, College to Career (Boise State University Anthropology Department seniors 2018)

So Called Podcast Interview 2018

Idaho Writers' Corner Author and Editor Panel (Library! at Collister Boise 2017)

Working with a Developmental Editor (Library! Boise 2018)

The Power of Precise Language: Choosing Words for Impact and Effectiveness (Idaho Editors and Writers Association 2017)

The Wind Up, the Pitch, and the Swing (Idaho Writers Guild 2017)

Point of View & Perspective (Library! at Collister 2017)

It's All About Pacing (Library! at Collister 2017)

Evolutionary Medicine and the Heterozygous Advantage (Idaho Health and Welfare Spring 2014 Epidemiology Conference co-presented with medical anthropologist and epidemiologist Dr. Robert Graff)

The Importance of Balancing Fixed and Variable (Smart Women, Smart Money ~2009)

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