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I love words—whether they’re written or spoken. That means, not only  do I write, I am also available to speak to your group. I speak about faith and about writing.

Here are a few talks I’ve given in the past. I hope one will appeal to you for your group—or spark an idea you’d like me to develop specifically for you.

On Faith (For Christian Women)

Seeing our Lives as Part of God’s Ongoing Plan Through the Women in the Bible

This talk summarizes the themes of studies in Carol’s With Faith Like Hers book series. Each study looks at the character and circumstances of women in Scripture and how our lives in the modern world are not so different from theirs. Here is the theme for each woman:

Eve:  I walk with God

Esther: God places us in positions for such a time as this

Ruth: Jesus is our kinsman redeemer

Deborah: We are godly leaders (home, church, community, world)

Rahab: God redeemed me and brought me into His family

Hannah: God hears when I cry out to Him

Elizabeth: We are never to old (or young) to be used by God

Mary: Do whatever Jesus tells you

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Jesus Wants Me to Do What? Baby-Step Evangelism

Jesus wants us to share His good news with others. That means we are to evangelize. But what does that mean in terms of how we do it? Standard advice is to be kind and quote Scripture a lot. That advice is good of course, but not very specific.

In her talk, Jesus Wants Me to Do WHAT? Carol takes a look at how we can take tiny, itty-bitty baby steps of evangelism by finding reasons to mention Jesus. She starts by exploring the use of one or two words, moves on to creating parables and shares a simple way to create a personal testimony that you can have ready to share. These practical ideas can help us be prepared and give us confidence as we head into the world to share Jesus.

 

 

 

Carol at UCD


On Writing

Get Going; Keep Going; Get it Done 

This talk takes the basic SMARTER goal-setting technique and applies it to the writing process. Carol first defines each step of  goal setting (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based, Evaluate, Reassess). Carol then gives illustrations of how to apply SMARTER goals to various genres of writing, various writing projects, and marketing and promotion. This talk can be adjusted to focus on other aspects of life, including health and spiritual issues.

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Dare to do it!

Writers often feel insecure, overwhelmed or unsure of how to begin a project. In this talk, Carol addresses these issues, focusing on possible causes of fear in our writing and how to get over and through that fear. She also addresses the process of making our writing good—through continued learning and applying that new understanding to our writing and by the wonderful process of revision.

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Becoming Known in the World

We writers understand that no one will read (and buy) our books if they can’t find our books. Branding is the process by which we purposefully work to become known in the world. Marketing and promotion are about selling our products. But we authors are about letting the world understand what we are about—how what we write benefits our readers—not just one book but all of what we write. Basically, we are our brand.

Carol takes the confusion out of creating our writing brand by breaking down the process into three steps and then defining each step in further detail so that writers can understand what steps they should take to create their brand of writing and themselves understand the value they provide to their readers.

 

 

ICAN Carol talking

 

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Writing in Community: When you Leave Your Office and Join the World

Writing is a solitary business. For all of us. But that doesn’t mean all  parts of the business of writing must be solitary. 

Carol addresses the need for other writers in our lives. She gives a template for creating online or in-person critique groups with specific critiquing guidelines and addressing issues that often come up. She also discusses joint marketing efforts—ways we can help each other market and promote our work on a reciprocal basis and touches on the ultimate writing community: the mastermind group.

Level up your writing, by stepping out of your writing corner and into the light.

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If you are interested, please drop me a note at carolwritesbooks@gmail.com.