Over the past year, I have given more than 30 speeches and presentations at writing conferences, schools and businesses all across the country. I am a dynamic, engaging speaker who will WOW your audiences and leave them thinking about things they may never have thought of before. The takeaway? Better writers, better thinkers, and satisfied audiences. Contact Email Lisa(at)wiredforstory(dot)com for proposals and rates. For a list of my past appearances, CLICK HERE.

Presentations for Writing Conferences and Workshops


  • Wired For Story: What Your Reader's Brain Really Craves, and How To Deliver It


  • A Reader's Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story. Beginning with a revealing account of the hardwired purpose of story and what is actually captivating us when we get lost in a compelling tale, we’ll explore 15 expectations every reader has -- regardless what genre you're writing in -- and how actualize them on the page.
  • How To Hook The Reader’s Brain On The Very First Page. The question in the back of every reader’s mind when they dive into a novel is, “What is this story about?” They want a sense of it from the first sentence, and they want it to spur their desire to find out what will happen next. First, we’ll decode the three crucial elements that, when woven together, create the intoxicating sense of urgency that hooks readers. Then we’ll discuss what it takes to get those elements onto the page, along how to deftly avoid the all too common pitfalls that writers unknowingly stumble into. 


  • What Your Reader Really Wants: 5 Steps to Writing an Irresistible Novel (Or Memoir, Screenplay or Short Story). Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give writers actionable ways to meet both goals. We’ll examine the five steps to take before you start writing that will save you months (or years) of hard work, not to mention heartache and frustration. Instead of rooting around in your plot for the story, you’ll unearth the key story elements beneath the plot that bring it to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning. These elements have little to do with the surface plot or “writing well” and everything to do with what we’re hardwired to respond to in every story we read.  A story achieves greatness when it intrigues the brain, so learning what your reader’s brain craves, and why, will allow you to zero in on what your story is really about before you write word one (or, if you’re already started, before you write another word).  You’ll not only produce a more powerful story, chances are you’ll drastically reduce your rewrite time.

Presentations for Non-Profits, Schools and Businesses

Keynote Address

  • Wired for Story: Why Story is the Only Way to Convince Anyone of Anything

Customized Half-Day and Full-Day Workshops for Nonprofits and Businesses

We all know that when it comes to moving people to action, story is important. But the question is: what is a story? How, specifically, do you construct a story that aims to change someone’s worldview? The truth is, all stories do exactly that – from talk around the water cooler, to the Great American Novel, to an episode of the Brady Bunch, to every commercial you ever fast-forwarded through. That’s the purpose of story — to allow us to envision the future, so we can plan for the unexpected. Stories are meant to change how we see things.

Trouble is, as author Flannery O’Connor so famously quipped, “I find most people know what a story is, until they sit down to write one.”

While there is abundant after-the-fact literature on the power of story when it comes to motivating people, there is very little discussion of how and why it works. Most people have no clue as to the biological purpose of story, no idea why it’s the only way to motivate people, and thus no real grasp of the nuts-and-bolts of how to find and shape such a story from scratch. My hands-on, learn-by-doing workshop will change that. Every attendee will learn:

  • How and why the brain is wired for story.
  • Why story trumps facts every time. 
  • How story exerts the unparalleled power it does.
  • How to create a story based on what your specific audience's brain is wired to respond to – which will, by definition, be a story that works.
  • What it feels like to be under the sway of a story and how to recognize it when it’s affecting you.


Email Lisa(at)wiredforstory(dot)com for proposals and rates.