Cristen speaking at writers event
Cristen speaking at editors event
Cristen teaching memoir workshop
Cristen speaking at Idaho Writers Guild literary luncheon

upcoming events

Thank you for your interest in having or hearing me speak. Due to a full project schedule, I've cleared my 2022 speaking schedule after the free workshop on June 23rd.

Writers Corner Workshop: How to Write in Scenes for Memoir and Novel Writers

Thursday, June 23, 2022

6:30-7:30 p.m. MST Library! at Collister, Catalpa Room

Learn what a scene is and how to improve the pace of your story by stacking scenes for maximum effect.

BONUS: It'll help you follow the show, don't tell recommendation.


2022 presentation & workshop options

  • Which Publishing Model Is Right for You: Traditional Big 5, Traditional Indie, Self, or Hybrid/Partner?
  • How to Become an Award-Winning Author: The Why, Which, and When of Book Awards
  • A Professional Approach to Writing and Editing Commercial Memoir
  • Write Faster and Market Better by Identifying Your Ideal Reader and Why Your Nonfiction Book Matters to Them
  • How to Write in Scenes for Memoir and Novel Writers

All customized to appeal to your audience and meet your event goals.

I am also available as a panelist, podcast guest, and one-on-one consultant for conference attendees.

past events & interviews


Idaho Editors and Writers Association: Working with Clients Who Aspire to Be Traditionally Published (June 8, 2022)

Idaho Writers Conference (presenter and faculty, May 20 & 21, 2022)

NFAA Podcast Guest: Tips for Writing a Compelling Memoir (February 23, 2022; listen here)

Idaho Editors and Writers Association: Publishing Trends Panel Discussion, I covered traditional publishing topics (February 9, 2022)


Nonfiction Writers Fall Conference (Virtual): Ask-a-Pro (November 4th & 5th, 2021)

How to Avoid the Top 5 Novel-Writing Mistakes (June 8, 2021; Idaho Writers Guild Writers Corner virtual event)

Idaho Writers Guild Literary Lunch: Book Publishing Panel (May 18, 2021; virtual)

Nonfiction Writers Conference, Ask-a-Pro (May 5-7, 2021)

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


Nonfiction Writers Conference (virtual): Ask-a-Pro  (November 2020)

Rediscovered Books Ask an Editor Live Facebook Event: 500+ views; click here for on-demand video access

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)

NFAA Teleseminar Greatest Hits Replay: Cristen Iris – Secrets to Writing Authoritative and Compelling Nonfiction


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

Working with a Developmental Editor (Library! Boise 2018)


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

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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