2015: Faculty member, San Miguel Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2010 – 2013: Co-Director, Peralta Writers Conference, Tuscany, Italy
2007-2012: Arizona State University
Instructor, Virginia G. Piper School of Creative Writing
1987-2000: Staff member, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lake Tahoe, California
Staff member, Workshop Leader, Lecturer, Panel Discussion Participant
1995 – 1996: University of California Berkeley Extension
Instructor, Creative Writing Workshop
Mission High School, SanFrancisco
Volunteer teacher, 9th Grade American Literature.
Translating Memoir into Fiction – Pitfalls and Rewards
Don’t be Afraid of Dialogue! – And its many uses, including advancing the action and adding immediacy and drama.
Method Writing – As in method acting, how to draw deep inside yourself, and access a character by mining personal experiences and emotions from your own past.
Beckoning the Muse – Tapping into your creative energies, developing your own style and, when all else fails, overcoming your fear of the blank page.
Changing Genres – How to adapt in face of a market change, OR ELSE when you feel you are creatively ‘running on empty.’
Is the Writer’s Lifestyle for You? – Ten sensible and practical questions to ask yourself, such as:
1. Do I mind being alone a lot?
2. Do I want to write because I want and need to, or because I want to become rich and famous?
Turning Your Worst Moments Into Money, Or, Revenge is the Best Medicine! – How to make productive use of those horrific memories by passing them on to your characters and enriching and galvanizing your work.
Tapping Into Your Roots – There’s a great story inside everyone. Learn to use events from your own life and background as a fertile and authentic base for your writing.
MARY-ROSE is also happy to speak on writing, the writing life, and any other subject within her experience and expertise.
KEYNOTE AND/OR FEATURED SPEAKER (Partial List)
American Association of University Women, Novato Chapter, California
Arizona Authors Association, Phoenix, Arizona.
Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Books Inc., Laurel Village, San Francisco, California
California Writers’ Club (Berkeley Chapter), California
California Writers’ Club (Marin Chapter), California
California Writers’ Club (Peninsula Chapter), California
Fresno Writers’ Conference, California
Newcomers Club of San Ramon, California
Peninsula Writers’ Workshop, San Mateo, California
Romance Writers of America, Sacramento Chapter, California
Saint Helena Public Library, St. Helena, California
San Francisco Jewish Community Center, California
San Miguel Writers’ Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Mateo Press Club, San Mateo, California
Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lake Tahoe, California
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Association, San Francisco, California
Throckmorton Theater/Depot Bookstore (with Senator Barbara Boxer) Mill Valley, California
Truckee Meadows Writers’ Conference, Reno, Nevada
Valley Writers’ Conference, Fresno, California
Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Words Off Paper (Wopff), San Anselmo, California
Why There Are Words, Sausalito, California