Speakers’ Bureau

All Missouri Writers’ Guild members are published authors or poets. However, the Guild cannot guarantee listed speakers will meet your specific needs.

Please feel free to scroll through and contact any of our wonderful speakers for your next meeting or event:

Claire Applewhite

Biography:

Claire is a graduate of St. Louis University, (AB, Communications, MBA), Mercantile Leadership Program for Women. A participant in the Writers Institute at Washington University, and freelance writer—House of Style magazine, Patch.com.

Published works: The Wrong Side of Memphis, Moonlight Becomes You So (2009), Crazy For You (2010), St. Louis Hustle(2011), Candy Cadillac (2011). Website: www.Claireapplewhite.com, radio interview, http://bit.ly/hhVC8Y, YouTube video, claireapplew2.

Past President, Missouri Writers Guild, Board member of Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Member, St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active Member, Mystery Writers of America.

Topics:

•Plotting and Pacing the Mystery: Fifty Ways to Kill Your Lover
•Why Aren't I Published? Secrets From the Editors
•Between You and Me: Publicity and Promotion for the Writer

Fees:

Negotiable. Request travel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: Claireapplewhite@gmail.com Phone: 314-560-2906  
Bart Baker

Biography:

BIOGRAPHY:
Screenwriter, playwright and novelist, Bart Baker, has been a fixture in the film, television and theater industry for over 35 years. A native of St. Louis, Bart lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and is now back raising his family in St. Louis. Starting as a playwright, Bart's most successful plays, RELAY and SEACLIFF, CALIFORNIA have been produced multiple times around the country, including St. Louis.

His film and television resume is extensive with 13 produced film projects, including two feature films, the Pierce Brosnan action film, LIVE WIRE, and the film SUPERCROSS starring Steve Howey, Mike Vogel and Channing Tatum, as well as eleven movies for television, including the BRIDE trilogy (CHILDREN, BABY, and MOTHER OF THE BRIDE) for CBS. He has also worked on four series, including the FX Network series, DIRT, which starred Courteney Cox where he was a staff writer. Bart is presently writing a movie for the Hallmark Channel and his series pilot, SCRAPS, was recently optioned by Mar Vista Entertainment.

Baker’s first novel, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY was a critical and commercial success. The film rights to HARRY were purchased by Warner Bros./New Line Cinema. Dan Fogelman (This Is Us) wrote the latest script and Nick Cassavettes (The Notebook) is attached to direct.

Baker has written four other novels, WHAT REMAINS, the sequel to HONEYMOON WITH HARRY, aptly titled ANOTHER HONEYMOON WITH HARRY (a third and final installment is planned), the YA novel, AFTER OZZ, and the recently released laugher, THE VIRGIN DAIQUIRI. Bart also co-wrote the graphic novel, THE SACRED BAND OF THEBES, with the legendary Sid Jacobson and Glenn Rabney. THEBES is scheduled to be published in 2019. Bart’s next novel, THE WEDDING GIFT, is scheduled to be published in the late fall 2018.

Bart is a members of the Missouri Writer's Guild as well as the Writer's Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. Besides teaching writing at Webster University for a few years, he's spoken at seminars for the Television Academy in Los Angeles numerous times as well as to various group, book clubs and seminars.

His website: www.bartvbaker.com

Contact: Bart Baker bartshd@aol.com

Topics:

Screen/Television Writing (which he also taught at Webster University for a few semesters.)

The Business of Show Business: Film and Television

The Craft of Screenwriting.

Writing for various mediums: the difference between theater, film and novels.

Fees:

$250 a day, plus per diem and travel if over 50 miles from St. Louis. Hotel if required.

Contact Information: Email: bartshd@aol.com Phone: 818-590-8904  
Dr. Barri L. Bumgarner

Biography:

Bumgarner, a professional development coordinator for the Missouri Writing Project and an English Education professor, does a variety of speaking engagements. She gives talks to groups of writers, motivates students of almost any age to write or love books, does motivational talks to teachers and/or writers, and speaks at numerous education and/or writing conferences.

Topics:

Writers Groups/Motivational Talks:

Character Casting
Don't Let Poor Grammar Stop You...
Got Ink?
How to Get Put on an FBI Watchlist
Making Crime Pay
Marketing Yourself, Not Your Book
Monsters--Inspired By the Dark
Readers Workshop--How-To Get Started or How To Recharge It
So You've Written a Book, Now What?
YA Books--A Glimpse at the Cutting Edge

Teachers/School Talks:

It's Not a Bandwagon, It's a Freight Train: Managing the Digital Demand
We Read the Book, Now What?
Embracing Pop Culture in the Classroom
Mentor Texts in Action
Career Day Talk--Why Write?
Get Motivated
Hot YA Novels
How to Make Non-Fiction Fun
How to Use Music in the Classroom
Motivating Kids With Fiction
Reading Workshop
Research for Realism
Technology for the Classroom
Top Ten Reasons to Be a Writer
Warm-Ups to Inspire Writing in the Classroom
Ways to Get Inspired
Writing Project

Fees:

Fees are negotiable; general rates range from $250-1,500 for a session, with mileage/gas for distances beyond 50 miles.
Full day rates are negotiable, and shorter sessions (1-2 hours) can be done at a reduced cost (as low as $150). Email for details.

Contact Information: Email: barribum@gmail.com Phone: 573-289-3945  
Guy Anthony De Marco

Biography:

Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award® finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a disabled US Navy veteran, a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist and poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; and a coffee addict. One of these is false.

A writer since 1977, Guy is a member of the following organizations: SFWA, ITW, WWA, SFPA, IAMTW, ASCAP, RMFW, MWG, SWG, HWA. He hopes to collect the rest of the letters of the alphabet one day. For fun, he is finishing up his MFA degree in creative writing. Additional information can be found at Wikipedia and GuyAnthonyDeMarco.com.

Guy has appeared as an author and game designer all across the country at conventions including Denver Comic Con and Salt Lake Comic Con.

Topics:

* Writing
* Worldbuilding
* Computers and IT
* US Navy experiences

For a partial list of panels, workshops, and talks, visit http://guyanthonydemarco.com/panels/

Fees:

Travel, per diem, hotel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: guyademarco@gmail.com Phone: (308) 249-4643  
Margo Dill

Biography:

Margo is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, blogger, and children's author. She is a contributing editor, columnist, and instructor for WOW! Women On Writing and memoir editor at High Hill Press. She will have a middle grade novel and picture book published in 2012 by White Mane Kids and High Hill Press respectively. She has written a successful blog, "Read These Books and Use Them," (http://margodill.com/blog) for three years, and she encourages readers to share children's and YA books with kids and teens and provides ideas on how to use the books with this audience.

To find out more about Margo's workshops, to read testimonials, and to contact her, please visit her website at http://www.margodill.com or you can e-mail her at margodll@aol.com. She looks forward to coming to your school or group and talking about writing very soon!

Topics:

Margo leads workshops for writers, teachers, and children on many topics, including social networking and blogging, writing for children--novels and magazines, freelance writing, time management and creativity, making money at writing, six plus one traits of writing, what it's like to be a writer, revising and editing a story, and historical fiction. Margo's workshops are interactive and usually involve audience members' participation through writing exercises and discussions.

Fees:

She charges $100 for a one-hour workshop and requires mileage if she travels over 30 miles. Her fees are negotiable for school groups, classrooms, and non-profit organizations.

Contact Information: Email: margodll@aol.com Phone:  
Camille Faye

Biography:

Camille Faye has an M.A. in English and has traditionally published short stories, poetry, essays, and her award-winning novel, Voodoo Butterfly. The Northwest Houston RWA named Voodoo Butterfly a 2013 finalist in their nationwide Lone Star Contest. Currently, Camille is working on the second book in her paranormal series, promoting the first book, and teaching writing workshops.

During her years as a university instructor, Camille worked with hundreds of writers from varying backgrounds and skill levels on many types of writing projects. As a speaker, she can work with your organization in a variety of environments from large lectures to hands-on writing workshops with small groups or even one-on-one. During Camille's presentations, participants are encouraged to work on and discuss current writing projects in order to apply the techniques being taught.

Topics:

-The Writing Essentials: From Prewriting to Revision
-Specters & Suspense: Keep Readers Awake All Night
-Revision Versus Editing Versus Proofreading
-Other Topics Available Upon Email Request

Fees:

$100 for a one-hour workshop (mileage charged for travel over 50 miles; mileage and hotel charged for travel over 100 miles)

Contact Information: Email: camilleauthor@gmail.com Phone: 636-627-1058  
Jody Feldman

Biography:

Jody Feldman’s award-winning children’s novels (The Gollywhopper Games, The Seventh Level, HarperColllins/Greenwillow) have given her the rewarding opportunity to speak at such conferences as NCTE, the Texas Library Association, the Missouri Library Association, and the Missouri and Florida regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Upcoming events include featured appearances at both the Arizona and Georgia Library Association conferences and a roundtable workshop at the 2012 IRA Conference in Chicago.

Her greatest thrill, though, has been speaking to thousands and thousands of students in elementary and middle schools and in libraries across the country.
Websites: www.jodyfeldman.com & www.gollywhoppergames.com

Topics:

Large group sessions generally focus on personal experiences as an author. Workshops zero in on character development, world building, importance of details, advertising and journalism, or (by special arrangement) on a custom-designed topic. Skype sessions take a Q&A format. She attempts to make all sessions highly interactive.

She offers two free mini-Skype sessions per month (10-15 minutes) on a first-come, first-served basis; longer Skype sessions for a fee. For availability and full information on in-person and Skype appearances, contact Jody at jody@jodyfeldman.com.

Fees: Contact Information: Email: Phone:  
Carolyn Glenn Brewer

Biography:

Carolyn is a longtime music educator, social historian, and lecturer who lives in Kansas City. Her books, CAUGHT IN THE PATH and CAUGHT EVER AFTER, both about the Ruskin Heights tornado, have been featured on local and national radio and adapted as dramatic readings. In 2012 CAUGHT EVER AFTER won the Thorpe Menn Finalist Award. CHANGING THE TUNE, THE KANSAS CITY WOMEN'S JAZZ FESTIVAL, published in 2017, won the Nonfiction Author's Association's Gold Award in the categories of Performing Arts and Women's Studies. Carolyn has given talks about her books at the Kansas City Public Library, the Kansas City Jazz Museum, Johnson County Community College, the Jazz Education Network Convention, the University of North Texas, and various book clubs, grade schools and high schools. She also writes for JAM MAGAZINE.

For more information please visit her website at carolynglennbrewer.com

Topics:

The Ruskin Heights Tornado
Long-term affects of tornado trauma on children
The Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival
Women in Jazz
Writing Riffs: the Connection Between Music and the Written Word (for 4th through 10th graders)

Fees:

$150.00 for presentation, plus mileage and hotel charged for travel over 100 miles from Kansas City.

Contact Information: Email: cglennb@aol.com Phone: 816-806-7670  
Veda Boyd Jones

Biography:

Veda Boyd Jones speaks at writers' conferences, literature festivals, young authors' conferences, and schools. She's the author of 42 books, nine for adults and 33 for children, both fiction and nonfiction, and also writes for magazines. Previous sessions for writers' conferences include: Dialogue, Characterization, Marketing Your Book, Plotting, Writing Biographies, Historical Fiction. She has served on the faculty at several conferences including Highlights' Chautauqua Writers' Conference in NY, the SCBWI conference in Kansas City, Kansas, and RWA Conference in Dallas, TX.

Previous literature festivals include Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg, MO; Children's Literature Festival of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO; Branson Sixth Grade Lit Fest, Branson, MO; and Children's Lit Fest in Waynesville, MO. She's made school visits in MO, KS, OK, and AR, and has presented in-service workshops to English teachers.

Contact Veda through her website www.vedaboydjones.com

Topics: Fees:

Travel expenses and $500/day for four sessions at school visits. Travel expenses and $200 per session at writers' conferences.

Contact Information: Email: Phone:  
Marilyn Hope Lake, Ph.D.

Biography:

Marilyn Hope Lake, Ph.D., writes short fiction, poetry, plays and children’s picture books. Lake has won many awards for her writing and painting. She received 1st Place in the 2011 Doris Mueller Poetry and Prose Contest for children's story. Dr. Lake has been published in Rock Springs Review, STIR, Well-Versed:Literary Works, and the Mizzou Alumni Magazine. Dr. Lake taught creative writing short fiction in University of MO-Columbia's English Dept/MU Direct for six semesters. She has presented at KS Author's Club Annual Conference, district meetings, and MWG Boonslick Writers.

Topics:

Short fiction writing
Narrative time, choosing a point of view, creating the "fictional dream,"
Writing Children's Picture Books and Easy Readers
You've always wanted to write a children's book. Here's how!
Self-publishing? For you? Or not?
Contests? Worth the money? Depends!
Writers' Organizations, Worth the Money or not?
Choose a topic and I will tell you if I can teach it.

Fees:

Driving expenses outside a 50 mile radius, driving and overnight depending on length of presentation and distance from Columbia. Publicity by the organization sponsoring. Honorarium accepted, but not required .

Contact Information: Email: LAKEHOPE@MSN.COM Phone: 6209318003  
Sheree Nielsen

Biography:

Sheree K. Nielsen is the author/photographer of FOLLY BEACH DANCES, a 'healing’ coffee table book inspired by the sea’s rhythm – a 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner for excellence in book cover design, and Eric Hoffer Art Category Finalist.

An award-winning author, poet and photographer, publications include AAA Southern Traveler, AAA Midwest Traveler, Carolina Go, Missouri Life, countless anthologies, newspapers, and websites across the nation and Caribbean.

Sheree has served on the board of Saturday Writers as Membership Chair, Publicity Chair, and Photographer. She's a full member of the Missouri Writer’s Guild, Saint Louis Writer’s Guild and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild.

In 2013 and 2014, she received First Place for Photography from the Missouri Humanities Council and Warrior Arts Alliance in conjunction with the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors anthologies.

She blogs at Sheree’s Warm Fuzzies www.shereenielsen.wordpress.com, and her book’s official website is www.beachdances.com

Topics:

"Every Picture Tells a Story" - The Importance of Photography in Writing previously taught at the Jefferson Barracks VA.

Sheree will refer to Ann Lamott's book "Bird by Bird - Instructions on Writing and Life" as part of the workshop curriculum, including use of her photography, and writing aids for "hands-on" class exercises.

Fees:

$400 for 2-hour workshop, including mileage reimbursement.

Contact Information: Email: follybeachdanceseditor@gmail.com Phone: 3149543845  
Ed Protzel

Biography:

As a fiction writer, Ed attempts to provide fundamentally different experiences for the reader, at once tense, touching, ironic, tragic, and funny, often with conflicting ideas playing out—and myriad twists, turns and surprises. Ed split his professional life between working in securities management and writing screenplays and later novels. He worked at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles and completed five original screenplays for feature film, one of which was optioned, and honored by Missouri Playwrights Association.

His Southern thriller, The Lies That Bind, was the first published book in his Civil War-era DarkHorse Trilogy. Book 2, Honor Among Outcasts, is set in Missouri, and Book 3, Something in Madness, during Reconstruction. See Ed’s video explaining Faulkner’s influence on his writing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy5Zh5mdh5c

Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has an M.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he has taught adjunct.

Published works: The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1 (TouchPoint Press, Dec. 2015); Honor Among Outcasts: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2 (TouchPoint Press, Feb. 2018); Something in Madness: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2 (TouchPoint Press, date tba).

Member, St. Louis Writers Guild, Missouri Writers Guild
Find him at: www.edprotzel.com

Topics:

• Antebellum South, Civil War Missouri & Reconstruction: An Author’s Journey
• Writing Screenplays: Structure, Dramatic Tips & Dialogue That Sizzles
• Making Imaginative Fiction Real

Fees:

Negotiable.

Contact Information: Email: ed.protzel@att.net Phone: 314-721-0035  
Robin Tidwell

Biography:

Robin Tidwell is the author of REDUCED, REUSED, and RECYCLED and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.

Robin and Dennis are the owners of Rocking Horse Publishing.

You can reach Robin via her website, http://www.RobinTidwell.com.

Topics:

Writing, editing, publishing, marketing, bookselling, and promotion, as well as parenting, camping and the outdoors, and prepping and survival.

Fees:

Fees start at $50 within the St. Louis region; engagements booked outside the metro area will require travel expenses.

Contact Information: Email: robin@robintidwell.com Phone: (314)825-6860  
Charlotte Ekker Wiggins

Biography:

I currently write weekly newspaper articles and blogs on gardening, beekeeping and cooking what I grow. For the past 30 years I have written a wide range of products from TV scripts to news releases and have extensive public speaking experience. My last presentation was to the Missouri State Beekeepers Association on planting for bees March 3, 2018. http://www.charlotteekkerwiggins.com.

Topics:

Planting for pollinators. Low maintenance gardening. So you want to be a beekeeper. How to effectively communicate.

Fees:

Gasoline expense and $50-$100 within 100 miles; hotel, gasoline and $100-$200 beyond 100 miles.

Contact Information: Email: chargardens@gmail.com Phone: 5734263510