Schools, conferences, workshops, and other events

I'd love to come speak at your event! Most of my presentations include a slideshow and handouts, and can be adjusted for a variety of ages and interests. Below are a few topics I have pre-prepared, but I'm also happy to create something new to meet your needs -- email me at katehartbooks at gmail dot com for rates and more information.

Please note that while I am a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and I'm happy to discuss the role that plays in my life and writing, as well as the history of our people, I did not grow up in the culture and cannot be a resource on Native storytelling and traditions. I'm happy to connect you with other authors who are better suited for that task.

I have also signed a pledge to decline service on all-white panels of three or more speakers (excluding the moderator), at any conference or festival, and to decline invitations from any conference or festival without meaningful representation overall. Whether or not I am a good choice for your event, please ensure that your list of invitees reflects diversity in culture, race, gender, orientation, and ability.

Introduction to Traditional Publishing
For any age: 
A general overview of publishing, a longer in-depth explanation, or a focus on a subtopic including:

  • Traditional, Indie, Self, and Vanity Publishing: What's the Difference?

  • Am I Ready To Publish?

  • All About Literary Agents

  • Working With a Publisher

  • Myth Busting: What It Really Takes To Get Published

  • The Realities of a Writing Career

How Did You Become a Writer?

For any age (better for general interest audiences, career day, keynotes, etc): 
My journey from the high school literary magazine and misadventures in graduate school to reading my first YA, writing my own, and getting it on the shelves.

Writing for Kids and Teens
A look at challenges particular to writing for middle grade and young adult age groups.

Online Resources For Writers

For aspiring teen/adult writers or their teachers:
Narrowing down the multitude of websites, communities, and other resources available online, with a focus on tools and apps, meeting critique partners, finding (good) writing advice, and learning about the publishing process.

Writing Tips and Tricks

For any age: 
Ways to increase productivity, break writer's block, brainstorm new ideas, and more. Can include writing activities if desired.

Native Authors and Books

For teachers/librarians/parents or for students: 
An overview of modern kidlit written by and/or about contemporary Native American characters and communities. Can include picture books, middle grade, young adult, and/or adult.

Diverse Books

For teachers/librarians/parents or for students: 
An overview of recent and popular young adult and middle grade literature, written by and/or about people of color, LGBTQIA, disabled, and other marginalized communities.