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"The Unique Strength of Atypical Heroes"
Have you ever thought about writing a deaf hero? Or a blind one? A paraplegic, or an amputee? Kris Tualla will discuss what the author should—and should not—do when creating a character with a physical disability. Kris also explains why she made her 1700s hero deaf, and how that choice impacted all of the characters in the five-book series built around him.

"The 4 (and-a-half) Paths to Publishing"
Aspiring authors today are faced with deciding how they want their work to be published. In this presentation we will look at the four legitimate paths leading to a successful career as an author—and the one illegitimate path which far too many ignorant authors choose. The information in this presentation is critical for anyone considering a publishing career.​

"Writing Killer Firsts..."

In this interactive presentation we will look at writing first sentences, first paragraphs, and first pages that will hook readers and pull them into your story. In an era where readers can "look inside the book" before buying, authors don't have the luxury of sauntering out of the gate.

"Painting the Scene with Deep Point of View"

In this interactive workshop, we will walk through a bland scene and learn how different descriptors completely change how the scene and actions are received by the reader.

"Promotion for the Shy Author"
The best way to promote a book is still word-of-mouth, but authors are seldom taught how to pitch themselves to readers. Add in the fact that many authors are introverts, and the idea of book signings or book fairs causes palpitations. In this training, Kris Tualla walks through the simple steps to catch a prospective reader's attention, without melting into the floor or bursting into flames.

"Interactive Branding Workshop"
In today's crowded market, authors need to stand out in order to be discovered by readers. That discoverability begins with author branding, long before any books are published. In this interactive presentation we'll look at what an effective brand is, and work together to create participants' personal brands.

Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, has created a dynasty with The Hansen Series. An active member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime, she was also a guest instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She often asked to speak about her journey – and her Norsemen.