As an award-winning professional speaker, I’d be happy to present a topic at your school, library, writers' conference, book club, youth group, or association meetings. 

If you're interested in having me visit your school or library, please contact:

Roberta Stout
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

You can also visit the Simon & Schuster website for more information. 

If you're interested in having me speak at a writers' conference:
email me for more information at margokelly1 @ outlook . com (without the spaces) 

Some of the writing classes I offer include:

“12-Step Writing Process” with Margo Kelly
--- Taking a story from the beginning idea to final publication can be overwhelming, but when you break down the process into twelve manageable steps . . . success is attainable.

“Creating an Authentic Voice for Your Novel” with Margo Kelly

--- The concept of “voice” is an elusive one for many writers, but when you utilize specific techniques to develop your author’s voice, the narrative voice, and each character’s voice, your manuscript will become significantly more dynamic.

“Infuse Tension into Your Writing” with Margo Kelly

--- Conflict begins with your overarching story idea, but to keep readers turning pages, you must infuse tension into every scene. This does not mean inserting fist fights; it means embedding opposing goals, emotions, and ideals. When you steep a scene with contrasting elements, the crafted tension keeps the reader engaged in the story.

“Developing a Cast of Believable Young Adult Characters” with Margo Kelly

--- Readers want more than flat, commonplace characters. Today’s most dynamic stories showcase diverse characters growing and changing as plots unfold. In this class, Margo explains how to give more substance your protagonist, antagonist, and secondary characters.

"Develop Your Story Idea" with Margo Kelly
--- In this hands-on writing workshop, Margo guides participants through the process of developing a story idea into a well-rounded working summary, building it into an intriguing manuscript plot to compel agents, editors, and readers to want to read more.

“Outlining Your Story” with Margo Kelly
--- In this hands-on writing workshop, Margo guides participants through the process of finding an outlining style that works for them to ensure their readers experience an emotional and satisfying adventure within the story’s pages.

“Revising with an Eye for YA” with Margo Kelly
--- The revision process is one of the most important steps in perfecting your overall story. In this class, Margo will show you how to examine your manuscript from different angles, exploring and developing the intrinsic qualities that will have your young adult audience captivated from beginning to end.

If you're interested in having me speak at any other type of gathering:
email me for more information at margokelly1 @ outlook . com (without the spaces) 

Some of the presentations I offer include:

"Book Club Discussions" with Margo Kelly
--- Your group can read any of my titles beforehand, and we'll gather to discuss the content and answer questions.

"Online Safety is our Shared Responsibility" with Margo Kelly

--- Since Margo's critically-acclaimed novel, Who R U Really?, is about Internet predation, the Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Margo to promote online safety with people of all ages. In this presentation, Margo will tailor the content to meet the needs of the age group she's addressing.

Upcoming Appearances:

*** Not currently scheduling any appearances.

Event Archives:

In Conversation with Lani Forbes - Boise, Idaho

Creating An Authentic Voice for Your Novel - Nampa, Idaho

Idaho Writers' Guild Conference - Boise, Idaho

Malakoff High School - Texas

Outlining Your Story - Nampa, Idaho

Sawtooth Middle School - Meridian, Idaho

Barnes & Noble / United Way Book Drive - Boise, Idaho

Toastmasters Speech Competition - Boise, Idaho

Idaho Writers' Guild Author Panel - Caldwell, Idaho

12-Step Writing Process - Nampa, Idaho

G-P Junior High School  - Portland, Texas

Sawtooth Middle School - Meridian, Idaho

Youth Group Book Club - Nampa, Idaho

Teen Bookfest by the Bay - Corpus Christi, Texas

W.B. Ray High School - Corpus Christi, Texas

Gregory-Portland Junior High School - Portland, Texas

Sippel Elementary School - San Antonio, Texas

Idaho Author Day - Writing Presentation - Boise, Idaho

Teen B-Fest Writing Workshop & Book Signing Barnes & Noble, Boise, Idaho

Introductory Writing Workshop: Develop Your Story Idea - Nampa, Idaho

Storymakers Conference - Provo, Utah

Barnes & Noble Book Signing - West Jordan, Utah

Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes - Sawtooth Middle School, Boise, Idaho

IWG Presents: Introductory Workshops - 12-Step Writing Process with Margo Kelly - Nampa, Idaho, Public Library

Fundamentals of Public Speaking Workshop - Boise, Idaho

Teen Bookfest by the Bay - Corpus Christi, Texas

Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes - Corpus Christi, Texas

Cybersafety is Our Shared Responsibility - Corpus Christi, Texas

Idaho Writers Guild Presents: Building Blocks of Storytelling with Margo Kelly & Joshua Bellin - Boise, Idaho

Radio Interview with Laura Moe on "Authors on the Air"

Idaho Writers Guild Presents: The Basics of Building a Story with Margo Kelly - Nampa, Idaho, Public Library

Behind the Scenes of UNLOCKED at Meridian Public Library - Meridian, Idaho

Boise Book Fest - Boise, Idaho

Online Safety at AAPC Meeting - Meridian, Idaho

KHITS & The River - Live Radio Interviews - Boise, Idaho

Main Library's Author Day - Boise, Idaho

Book Launch Party at Barnes & Noble - Boise, Idaho

Sawtooth Middle School - "Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes" - Meridian, Idaho

Youth Group: "Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes" & "Cybersafety" - Kuna, Idaho

Council of Catholic Women: "Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes" - Boise, Idaho

Utah Humanities Book Festival - West Jordan, Utah

Idaho Writers Guild Luncheon: "Infusing Every Scene with Tension" - Boise, Idaho

Sawtooth Middle School: "Who R U Really? -- Behind the Scenes" - Meridian, Idaho

N.A.R.V.R.E. Luncheon: "Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility"  - Nampa, Idaho

Tips for the waiters & tips for cybersafety!

Author Reception - Nampa Public Library

Youth Group Discussion - Nampa, Idaho

Online Safety Discussion - Nampa Public Library

Youth Group Discussion - Nampa, Idaho

Book Club Discussion - Nampa, Idaho

Columbia High School Creative Writing Club - Nampa, Idaho

Book Signing and Reading at Barnes & Noble in Boise, Idaho

Book LAUNCH PARTY & Reading at Hyde Park Books in Boise, Idaho

Book Signing at Hastings on Overland Street in Boise, Idaho

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Regarding Margo Kelly's debut novel, Who R U Really? --->
"Thea’s mistakes, while frustrating to encounter, are frighteningly plausible, and the relationships among characters are well–fleshed out, especially between mother and daughter. Kelly’s first novel is a suspenseful page-turner with multiple suspects, a little bit of romance, and a strong but not overbearing message." --Kirkus Reviews