Appearances

As a veteran public 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
author.appearances@simonandschuster.com

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.


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:

August 5, 2017 - 1:30-2:30pm - Introductory Writing Workshop: Develop Your Story Idea - Nampa Public Library, Nampa, Idaho



Event Archives:

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