- The Road to Becoming an Author:
- The Life Cycle of an Idea: How an
idea goes from a thought in your mind to a full-fledged, published work.
- Hooking Your Reader:
- Organizing Your Writing: How to pre-write using outlining and other topics to avoid writer’s block and help your stories flow.
- Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: The differences between self and traditional publishing, including workload, benefits and risks, and current trends.
- Brainstorming and Using Your Imagination (Jumpstart Stories):
- Sentence Fluency:
- Avoiding Cliché Like the Plague: How to make your writing fresh by twisting cliches into something surprising
- Crafting and Selling Short Stories: A class on what makes short story writing different, some tips about how to write and where/how to submit them.
- Creating Your Own Audio Versions of Your Writing: a step by step guide to creating and distributing your own audio versions of your fiction.
- Blowing Your Writing Goals Out of the Water: A class about how to set ambitious writing goals and then to defy even your own expectations.
- Painless Outlining: How to use outlining to improve your novel even if you’re not big into outlining.
- Query Letters: The do and don’ts, the nuts and bolts.
- Crafting Book Trailers: where hardware, software, and artistry combine to help promote your book.
- Adding Poetry to Prose: How to use the techniques of poetry to strengthen your prose.
- Dealing With Rejection: common sense tactics to thicken your skin and get you back on your feet.
Other topics by request
What a wonderful experience we had with Michael Young at Roy Elementary. Over a two
day period, he presented Six Traits in every classroom . The students loved him
and the teachers felt it was a very positive experience. He inspired our
students to become authors.
Roy Elementary,Reading Specialist
We had Michael Young come and speak at our school in April of 2010 and just loved his
presentation and his wonderful ability to talk and converse with the students. He has a
great PowerPoint presentation that helps to understand how he came to be an
author and the important points of writing. I have since used these points as I talk about other authors and books to the kids.
The students had lots of great questions for Mr. Young and responded well to his
answers with great enthusiasm. We had him come to the 3rd through the 6th grade classes. They came into the Library one grade at a time which helped make his presentation more personal for each
age group. His book the Canticle Kingdom, is flying off the shelf. It is very well written and the students seem
very pleased by the content. I recommend that if you can bring Mr. Young to your school and or library please
do it. You will not be disappointed but greatly impressed.
Lomond View Elementary Media Center/Library
Mr. Young came to speak in my classes on May 6, 2010. He was well prepared for all
of my classes, even though he had to have several different presentations.
He talked about revision with my Creative Writing classes, and was dynamic and
elicited participation even from reluctant students. He had them laughing
and enjoying themselves, yet they were learning the whole time. My German
students loved his presentation about Germany’s influence on us, and were
talking about it for days afterward. He was professional, fun, and worked
well with the students. I highly recommend Mr. Young as a guest
speaker–he will help motivate and energize your students!
Christina Nelson, Roy Jr. High
German and Creative Writing teacher