My Presentations

As an author and a teacher, I'm flattered and honored when asked to "pay it forward." Everyone has to start somewhere, so it's nice when I get a chance to share information I've learned. I live in the Chicago area and can travel within an hour radius for no travel costs, but can negotiate my terms for anywhere in the United States. 

Contact me for more details, or to book a presentation at: kymbrunner (@) comcast.net.

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1) REACHING TWEENS AND TEENS: TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR FINDING LIFELONG FANS

If your intention is to reach teen readers, then this is the workshop is for you! In one hour, you’ll learn 10 ways to nail middle and high school presentations, 10 tips to grab teens’ attention on social media, and 10 strategies to use when presenting at teen book festivals for maximum presence and sales’ potential. These are all essential avenues to keep your writing career alive and well. According to Statista.com, 73% of readers age 13-24 have Instagram accounts, 76% percent have Facebook accounts, and a whopping 79% named Instagram as their favorite social network. Multi-published young adult author and enthusiastic 7th grade teacher, Kym Brunner, will give you practical approaches to create dynamic author presentations, along with checklist of essentials when speaking on author panels that guarantee that tweens, teens, and other authors will take notice. You don’t want to miss the TON of takeaways you can use immediately to build your teen readership! (50 MIN)





2) TOP TEN THINGS I DID TO LAND MY FIRST PUBLISHING CONTRACT



In this fifty-minute presentation designed for all levels of pre-published writers, I share my path to  publication, commenting on what things helped catapult me to my first YES! I speak about the path that led to a contract with a traditional publisher (made with an agent), as well as the book I sold on my own. You'll learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly party of the behind-the-scenes publishing path.


As always, I have a PowerPoint presentation and PowToons video to share, along with a question-and-answer session for attendees.




3) HA, HA, HOW TO ADD HUMOR TO YOUR WRITING

All stories, no matter the genre, need some levity. In this fifty-minute interactive Powerpoint presentation outlining the Top 6 methods to make your readers laugh. Participants will practice using the strategies with information from their own books. Writers go away with concrete ideas and practice samples about how to add humor to their stories. Guaranteed to make you laugh while learning how to write humorous scenes and characters without being (too) cheesy! 😀😀😀😀😀



4) YOU PICK TWO 

You pick two topics having to do with writing, and I can create a talk about it. Examples: Brainstorming / First Drafts / Plotting / Humor / Theme / Characterization / Craft / Landing an Agent / Working with Agents & Editors

5) Book Clubs 

Everyone wants to know the background scoop: how an author came up with an idea, how long it took to write, how long did it take my agent to sell it, why I had a character do the things he or she did, problems along the way. If you're within a 25 mile radius of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, I'd love to come and chat for ninety minutes. $50 or 8 book minimum purchase.