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How to Talk to Anyone Anywhere
About Your Next Writing Project

An Online Workshop with Gigi Rosenberg
Hosted by Jane Friedman


You’ve been working on the book for a year now and still when your mother asks, “What are you working on?” you don’t know what to say.

Or you’re getting ready for a book launch and you want to get better at distilling the essence of your book as you create invitations to your book party.

In both situations—and many others—you need a versatile, flexible elevator speech or introduction that will ignite conversations and build your readership one interaction at a time.

In this 75-minute webinar on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. EDT or 10 am PDT, you’ll develop the building blocks of an elevator speech to introduce yourself as a writer and your latest writing project. You’ll leave the webinar with a first version of this introduction and with ideas for where to start practicing it right away.

Note: This workshop is less about making the perfect pitch to a potential agent or in a query letter and more about learning to introduce yourself as a writer and present your latest writing project to your people.

This live program answers questions like:

  • How do I condense years of work on a project into a sentence or two?

  • What’s important to emphasize?How do I begin and end?

  • What if I have several projects in the works?

  • What’s best left unsaid?

Bring your current or “old” elevator speech, if you have one, and your questions.

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Who should take this course:

  • All writers, including but not limited to:

  • Novelists

  • Non-fiction writers

  • Memoirists

  • Essayists

  • Poets

  • Playwrights

  • Screenwriters

This class is perfect for writers looking to do a better job of introducing themselves or pitching a project to an individual or group.

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How does this webinar work?

This online class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class.

  • When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

  • Fee: $20

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.


About the instructor

Gigi Rosenberg is an author, performer, artist coach and public speaking coach. She’s performed her dramatic monologues at Seattle’s On The Boards and off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival. The former editor of Professional Artist magazine, she’s been published by Publishers Weekly, Psychology Today, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. Gigi’s been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Broadcasting and is the author of Watson-Guptill’s The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, now in its sixth printing. Learn more at her website.

What others have said about Gigi’s workshops:

Gigi’s class was fun, well-paced, and practical, and her observation about my elevator speech hook was astute. What works in writing doesn’t always translate well into spoken form. After I pitched the agent with the revised elevator speech, he requested my book proposal. Success! Thank you!
Kate Kaufman

I attended Gigi’s workshop at the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Since then, I’ve been awarded two fellowships, three professional development grants, and two project grants from local and state agencies. Gigi put all of that in motion for me a decade ago. Thank you so much!
Margaret Malone

In just one hour of coaching with Gigi, I was well-informed about how to prepare physically, emotionally, and logistically for a successful public reading. Her supportive and insightful feedback about my style gave me clarity about my opportunities for improvement and confidence about my capacity to connect with an audience.
Sage Cohen

You receive the following:

  • Access to the 60-minute interactive class, with about 15 minutes for questions. Around the 1-hour mark, Gigi will take questions using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 75 minutes.

  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can't make the session.

  • Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.

  • Worksheets. All participants receive worksheets that you complete during the class, with ideas for how to start rehearsing and practicing your new elevator speech right now.

Refund policy

Sorry, but refunds are not offered unless the webinar is canceled or rescheduled. All registrants receive access to the recording even if they are unable to attend. Have questions? You can contact us here.
Register for the webinar ($20)

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

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Earlier Event: September 19
5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation
Later Event: November 6
How to Nail Your Next Reading