Larry K. & Lorna Collins > Speaking Topics

Lorna and Larry are highly experienced speakers and workshop presenters. They have conducted writing workshops at five EPICon conferences and have given the keynote address. As members of Lagunita Writers, they have taken part in several panels on various subjects presented at bookstores and libraries. In addition, they have presented couples' retreats for church groups. Some of their speaking topics include the following:

Writing Workshops

The Perfect Pitch : How to Write the Perfect Pitch

Don't Cheat the Reader - This presentation is designed for writers on how to avoid the most common pitfalls of writing. How to keep your readers from throwing the book across the room and into the trash can.

Writing Nonfiction - This requires different skills than writing fiction, and we can tell you how to do it!

Collaboration - We present guidelines on how to write together and make it fun instead of torture.

Critique Partners/Writing Groups - Why you should consider sharing your work with a partner or group. What to look for, what to avoid and how to find one, as well as suggestions for group processes are covered.

Long-Distance Writing Partners - How to write with a partner when you live in different locations.

What's in a Name? - How to name your books, places and characters, and why it's important.

General Interest Workshops

Money Wealth & Happiness - Identify your relationship with money. Discover what constitutes real wealth. Learn how to find genuine happiness.

How to Travel the World Without Being the Ugly American - Lagunita Writers Group has presented this workshop several times. It is of interest and value to tour groups and those who just love to travel.

How to Publish Your First Book or So You Want to Be an Author - We have presented this both as a group panel with Lagunita Writers Group and as a workshop presentation.

Couples' Retreats

Married for over forty-five years, they know a few things about keeping a marriage alive. In addition, they still enjoy writing together and spending time in each other's company. In their couples' retreats, they share a few of the things they've learned through the years. These are designed as three-day (Friday night through Sunday noon) events. However they can be adapted for shorter timeframes.

...Like a Child - Based on Mark 10:15 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all," this magical weekend will allow you to get in touch with your child of wonder, curiosity, and delight, and to share that child with your spouse's child.

Beyond the Mask - We all wear them, and they serve a purpose. Learn to identify when and why you choose to hide behind yours, and make decisions about sharing your authentic self with your partner. Based on John 16:13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."

How's Your Stuff? - Do you own your stuff or does it own you? Inspired by George Carlin's "A Place for my Stuff" and Luke 12:22-24 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!"

The Gift of Love - Some people have trouble giving gifts. In many couples, this is a source of conflict. Based on Proverbs 19:6 "Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts." and several other texts, this retreat addresses our relationship to gifts and helps spouses understand their beloved's.

Direct inquiries to Lorna & Larry by contacting them at 31months@cox,net.