Events & Speaking Engagements

Paula is a born teacher. Though she retired from teaching mathematics at Burleson High School, the drive to help people understand is in her genes. You may book Paula to speak at your events, where she will happily share the knowledge about writing and publishing she has gained over the past few years. She knows from her 20 years of experience in the classroom that being a talking head is not effective teaching. She designs her discussions so there is plenty of student participation.

Some of her topics are listed below.

“Michael Hague’s Hero’s Journey”

Paula spoke to the Carrollton League of Writers on 11-18-2021. Her topic was breaking down the information-dense online webinar by Michael Hague where he explains the Hero’s Journey. She went through the six different stages and five turning points of the Hero’s outer journey, and the six stages of the inner journey. She provides a document that ties all the parts and pieces together, and also a blank document for authors to use while planning their own novels.

“So You Wanna Be A Writer?”

Paula was a guest speaker at the creative writing classes at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She addressed some of the basic guidelines to writing well and walked the students through some pitfalls she’d run into with her own writing.

“How to Get Things Done As a Writer”

Paula presented this class to “Unleashing The Next Chapter.” She will walk you through various tips and tricks to stay focused. Writers often work from home, and it is easy to get distracted. Learn about setting goals, coming up with a vision statement, good habits to form, and determining when you are most creative.

“Instagram and Twitter for Authors”

Paula co-taught this class with Lori Scott at the ACFW-DFW Ready Writers monthly meeting. Together, they introduced different methods of engaging with potential readers through the social media platforms of Twitter and Instagram.