In addition to being a published author and web site designer, Tiffany Amber Stockton
has also spoken at various events and presented workshops on several topics
related to writing, web sites and life. See below for a list of topics
she has available. If you are interested in inviting her to speak at an
event, conference, seminar or on a panel, please use the contact form.
BENCHED ON THE PLAYING FIELD OF LIFE
Have you ever felt like you were sitting on the sidelines and watching
life play out before your eyes, wondering when it would be your turn?
Whether you have spent years waiting for a dream to come true or you've
been feeling left out while others around you succeed and move forward
with great success in their lives, you're not alone. There is a time for
everything, and although it might not be on your timeline, it will happen
when it's supposed to happen. Come hear a personal story of trials and
triumphs that have led to both a fulfilling and rewarding life and see
how you can apply those same principles to your own life as you wait for
HOW TO KEEP YOUR (WRITING) FOCUS WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY
Let's face it. Life is busy. It's full of interruptions from every angle. And just when we decide to sit down to do some writing, that’s when the kids or spouse have a life emergency, or the appliances go out, or the phone is ringing off the hook. It seems everyone or everything is vying for our attention. But, with these key guidelines, you can learn to write amidst life's distractions, even if it's just 5 minutes at a time. You'll learn how to make the most of the time you do have so it's the most productive it can be. * Talk can be adapted for any area of life needing focus
YOU ARE UNIQUE — BLENDING YOUR PERSONALITY AND YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO CREATE...YOU!
No matter what you do or where you go, your unique personality finds its way into your style, voice, and ability to persevere through whatever life throws your way. In this talk, you'll learn about the 4 principal personality styles (and their variations), as well as the strengths and weaknesses and how you can use both to your advantage. You will also discover your spiritual gifts and how they play a vital role alone but pack a powerful punch when combined with your personality in a blend that results in a person who is uniquely you.
YOUR STORY AND YOU — HOW YOUR PERSONALITY HELPS AND HINDERS YOUR WRITING
Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, your unique personality finds its way into your style, voice, and ability to persevere. In this workshop, you'll learn about the 4 principal personality styles, as well as the strengths and weaknesses and how you can use both to your advantage. For those who write fiction or utilize fiction elements in their nonfiction, we'll also discuss personality styles of characters and how to help your characters jump off the page.
Are you looking to bring a more realistic and relatable feel to the characters in your stories? Would you like to have a character that jumps off the page for your readers? Do you need to take your characters beyond the two-dimensional to greater depths? This workshop will delve into the four principle personality styles and what each one looks like when attributed to a sample character. Examples from current novels are also provided to give you some research material.
CHARACTER CONVERSATIONS — 10 WAYS DIALOGUE CAN DEFINE YOUR
Readers get to know your characters five different ways. Dialogue is a
key component. It can make or break your characters and mean the difference
between allowing the dialogue to carry you or falling back on narrative
that might bore the reader. Learn ways you can liven up your characters
and make them unforgettable to the reader.
FROM PREMISE TO PUBLISHED — 6 STEPS THAT WILL GET YOU
It can be a daunting task to take an idea and believe it will one day
becoming a published book, but it IS possible. Here are some key ways
you can make sure you succeed in each step along the way.
KILLING HISTORY OR BRINGING IT TO LIFE
Writing historical fiction requires a lot of work. But you don't want
to get so bogged down in research that you forget your story or your characters.
And for contemporary, including historical tidbits could liven up your
writing. Some tips and tricks for weaving history into your story and
creating a vivid period setting are included in this workshop.
THE TRAINING WHEELS OF WRITING
Writing is not for the faint of heart. It takes dedication, persistence,
and a never-give-up mindset. But there are also a few things that will
help make the transition from training wheels to a two-wheeler in no time.
And you don't want to skip a step, or your freewheeling days might be
a bit wobbly.
WEB SITES, BLOGS and SOCIAL MEDIA....OH MY!
Have you ever stared at your computer screen and had the word "crazy"
enter your mind? When you see the hundreds and thousands of web sites
out there or the myriad of informative newsletters or popular blogs and
felt your heart stop or sweat begin to form on your brow? I'm here to
reassure you there's no reason to fear. Before you leave, you'll
be confident and walk away with the basic grasp of each one
of these. Then, you can decide which ones are right
for you and go from there.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WON'T ALWAYS COME
Web sites require work. You have to make your site work for you and market
through it. Whether it's a blog or a full-blown site, visitors need a
reason to come back. Editors, agents, readers, and buyers all want to learn more about you and get some extra information. You have to give it to them. In this workshop, you'll
learn tricks of the trade and simple tools to keep visitors coming back
again and again. Guaranteed traffic is guaranteed exposure. The more who
know your name, the better your publicity will be.
BLOGGING — CAN I REALLY DO IT? DO I HAVE TO?
In one word? Yes! You can. But it's not necessarily for everyone. Everywhere you look these days, it seems everyone
has a blog of some sort. It could be through Blogger, FaceBook, WordPress or many others. You might be scared about getting
one and the responsibility of posting. But, it's not as scary as it seems.
You'll learn how to start a blog, whether a group blog might be better, what you need to do to maintain it,
and the merits or downfalls of the key blogs on the Internet.