Workshops and Keynotes

With the heart of a teacher. Edie is a popular speaker at national conferences and local meetings around the country. It doesn't matter if the group numbers in the hundreds or less than ten, if you're looking for an engaging program, packed with practical application, Edie Melson is the speaker for you. Below are several of her most popular topics. She is always adding topics and willing to customize her program for your event.

Weekend/continuing Classes

Plug-In to the Digital Revolution!
Did you know that the college class of 2014 considers email obsolete? According to the Beloit College Mindset List they've also never written in cursive and with cell phones to tell them the time, they see no need for a wristwatch.
If this makes you feel old and out of touch, don’t panic, Edie can help you develop a web presence that puts you back on the cutting edge. Learn the basics of setting up a blog, working with Facebook and tweeting on Twitter. Beyond that, she’ll give you the tools and resources to keep current with all things digital. Classes include:
  • How to set up a blog
  • How Peripheral Sites Feed into Web Presence
  • Everything about Facebook & Twitter   
  • Warnings

Sustainable Writing – Research, Redo and Reuse
Sustainable Writing is the way I describe writing for a living. Having a regular income as a freelance writer requires multiple streams of income. Managing those streams and keeping them afloat is where the sustainable part happens. Just like the environment, we have to be good stewards of our time and resources as writers and business owners. There is a lot we, as writers, can learn from the environmental awareness movement.  Classes include:
  • Research, Rough Drafts & Related Subjects
  • Green Articles
  • Check the Calendar  
  • Make the Most of Your Market

Stand-alone Workshops

Science Fiction, Fantasy and all things Speculative – Edie will share the history of the genre and how it’s evolved. She’ll also discuss options for those who write spec for the Christian market.

Writing is a Solitary Pursuit and other Myths Debunked – We’ve all heard it said that writing is a solitary pursuit. In reality, writing is an endeavor built on forging relationships and just like first dates, first impressions count. Other myths explored include the difficulty of POV, speaker tags and speaker beats.

You as the Main Character - Every writer needs a bio. It will, in effect, be a part of your personal brand. It gives you credibility, whether you are speaking or writing. Edie will teach you the tricks to writing an engaging bio in this hands on class

Verbs Can Change the World - Many times the verbs we choose don't reflect the emotion of the scene. Edie takes the confusion out of passive/active writing, the rules about adverbs and the frustration over adjectives.

Settings with Emotional Impact - The writing world is cyclic, just like everything else. Right now, the cautionary phrase on the tip of every critique partner’s tongue is show don’t tell. They’re right, of course. But many well-meaning crit partners often label narrative or exposition as telling—especially when it comes to settings. Edie helps you deepen your description without telling the story!

Writing for the Internet - It's a fact, people read differently on computer screens. Edie teaches writers how to engage the Internet audience, as well as utilize key words. She also unlocks the mysteries of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Other Topics - Edie offers other topics for a variety of ministry needs; including keynote addresses, seminars, banquets, evangelistic outreach, luncheons and retreats. She will also customize any topic to meet your specific needs.