Speaking Engagements

Due to taking on the wonderful assignment of “Granny Nanny” in New York City for the next ten months, Shirley will not be accepting new speaking or teaching engagements until after June 1, 2012, when she will once again return to full-time writing, speaking, and consulting.

The 2011 events listed below give you a sample of topics and venues Shirley enjoys. You may contact her at shirley.showalter (at) gmail.com to request a keynote, workshop, retreat, or other speaking assignment to begin after June 1, 2012.

1. April 16, 2011, At the Annual Banquet of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society, “What is the Purpose of Memory?”  Press release here: http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Events/Annual_Banquet

2. April 29, 30, 2011, May 1 Annual Association Spring Meeting, “Dancing with Change.”http://www.lmhs.org/Home/Events/Annual_Banquet

3.  May 12, 2011, Monthly Memoir Writing Roundtable. Teleconference. 4 PM PST |5 PM MST | 6 PM CST | 7 PM EST , “Land That I Love: Writing About Places in Memoir.” More details available at National Association of Memoir Writers website: http://www.namw.org

4. June 4, 2011, Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA.

Your memories coming alive:  Writing your memoir

Learn about the importance of memories, and how to document them in writing.  Writing is a spiritual tool you can use to create the storyline of your life.  It’s a way to inspire others to tell their stories.  There will be discussion of specific techniques and approaches, and additional training needed to write your story.

5. June 12-16, Women’s Advanced Leadership Training, CCCU-sponsored for women leaders in Christian Higher Education, Bellingham, WA: http://conferences.cccu.org/CalendarOfEvents/2011/6/2011_Womens_Advanced_Leadership_Institute.aspx

5 Responses to Speaking Engagements

  1. jtarasovic says:

    Hello, Shirley. I’m about to embark on a similar memoir about growing up Catholic during the 50s and 60s. I’ve subscribed to your blog and appreciate the guidance and inspiration you offer there. I’d love to come to a workshop and hope you’ll soon update your speaking calendar.

    Jan Tarasovic

    • shirleyhs says:

      Welcome, Jan! Sounds like we have much in common. Your comment here reminds me that I need to update this page with the info that I am moving to NYC for the next ten months and don’t expect to be taking many new speaking/teaching engagements until after June 1, 2012, when I will be back in Harrisonburg. Stay tuned to the next couple of weeks of blog posts called Dancing with Change. And thanks for reminding me to update here. Let’s stay in touch through the comments section on posts. All best with with your memoir!

  2. Becky Povich says:

    Hello Shirley! I stumbled across your blog via Becca’s Byline, and The Writing Life, and Marmalade and Gypsy….I think!! 🙂
    I’m also writing my memoir and just had to leave a comment when I saw the comment above yours. I, too, grew up Catholic in the 50s and 60s!
    ALSO, I noticed you have A Girl Named Zippy on your memoir list. I LOVED that book! It is what inspired me to get going on my own writing!
    Love your blog…I’ll stop by whenever I can!

  3. shirleyhs says:

    Hi, Becky, welcome to 100memoirs.com. I’m so pleased you found this blog. Now I get to go look at what you are up to also! It always feels great to know that the resources gathered here are helpful to other people. Those of us who grew up with religious backgrounds recognize each other–even if the theologies are different. All best in your own work.

  4. Jayne says:

    I just read the story about you and the love you have for your son whom had bipolar disorder. I was unable to read your book. I really hope to though I really think that it will help me understand what I have put my grandmother through all these years. I am 31 years old. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed in 1999. I was 19 years old. Just a child still in my eyes. When I was diagnosed I literally did not understand nor did I want to be catorgorized as a mentally ill person. I was tired of the labels. I went on to tell myself that I did not have bipolar disorder for years. I did not take the medication perscribed. Which really effected my spratic highs an

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