Thanks very much for your interest in my workshops and presentations. I really enjoy talking about and sharing my love of crime fiction and of writing.
19 February, 2016
I will be co-presenting at the annual meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) in Costa Mesa, CA. My colleague and I will be presenting on: Writing in Nature: Using Natural Experiences to Enhance Creativity.
Here are my slides, if you’re interested in the presentation: Writing in Nature
Workshops and Presentations
23-26 November, 2015
I had a great experience at the 4th International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity at the University of Auckland. My topic was: Crime and Mystery Fiction as a tool for Teaching Culture. If you’d like to see the presentation, here are the slides: Using Crime and Mystery Fiction as a Tool For Teaching Culture
13 October, 2015
I very much enjoyed presenting at the Clute Institute’s International Education/Business Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. My topic was: Transformative Writing: Using Real-Life Experiences to Teach Writing. If you’d like to see my presentation, here are the slides: Transformative Writing Using Real Life Experiences
19 September, 2015 and 26 September, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed co-presenting two workshops on ‘Writing in Nature’ – using natural surroundings to inspire creativity in poetry and short story writing. This workshop was offered to young writers at Carlsbad, California’s Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center.
13-15 October 2014
I really enjoyed presenting my workshop at the 44th annual meeting of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning in Denver, CO. My workshop was titled: ‘Criminally Good Writing: Using Crime Fiction to Teach Writing.’
5-8 October 2014
I very much enjoyed presenting at the Clute Institute’s October 2014 International Education Conference in Las Vegas, NV. My topic will be Integrating Crime and Mystery Fiction into the Content Areas. If you’d like to see my presentation, here are the slides: Integrating Crime and Mystery Fiction into the Content Areas
11-13 June 2014
It was a real pleasure to present at the 12th Annual Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Madrid. My topic? Using Crime and Mystery Fiction to Teach Language in Context. If you’re interested, here are my Power Point slides: Crime and Mystery Fiction for Teaching Language in Context
10-12 October 2013
It was a pleasure to present at the Academic and Business Research Institute Conference, Las Vegas. My topic? Book Reports for the 21st Century: Using Book Review Blogs as Real-life Teaching and Learning Tools. If you’re interested, here are the Power Point slides: Book Reviews for the 21st Century
26-28 June 2013
I was delighted to present at the 13th Annual Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations at Charles Darwin University, Darwin Australia. My topic? Diversity Beyond the Definition: Using Crime Fiction For Real Discussions of Diversity. If you’d like a look at my presentation overview, here are the Power Point slides: Using Crime Fiction for Real Discussions of Diversity.
3-5 January 2013
I was very pleased to present at the Clute Institute’s Maui 2013 Conference. My topic was Breaking Down the Barriers: Blogging as a Way to Connect Students and Teach Writing.
17 October 2012
I was delighted to give a presentation at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California on fictional detectives and what we can learn from them.
23-26 November 2011
I was delighted to attend the Language, Education and Diversity Conference at the University of Auckland, and giving a presentation on Friday 25 November at 15:00 at the University of Auckland titled The Mystery Novel as Literacy Tool for Today’s Diverse Readers.
Click below if you’re interested in the Power Point for this presentation.
Savvy Authors very kindly gave me the opportunity to present two deconstruction workshops:
27 December 2010 -2 January 2011
I offered a deconstruction workshop on Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. In the workshop, we looked at the way Christie uses characters, timing, “red herrings” and other devices to weave the story together. We also discussed some of the lessons writers can learn from this novel, and generated some ideas that writers can take away for their own work.
For more information about this online workshop, please visit the announcement at Savvy Authors.
13 June 2011 – 19 June 2011
I offered a deconstruction workshop on Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In this workshop, we looked at the way McCall Smith creates a unique sense of place and the way he uses backstory and other strategies to develop characters. We took a look at dialogue, flashbacks and other elements in this novel, too. We also talked about lessons writers can learn from this novel, and generate ideas for writers to use in their own work.
For more information on this online workshop, please visit the announcement at Savvy Authors.