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Sylvia has given dozens of talks to writing groups, garden clubs, rotary groups, women's clubs, historical societies and other types of associations. She is available to give talks on a variety of topics. She also can create a custom talk specifically for your group. Contact her for information on speaking fees and available dates.

 Recent Programs

March 21, 2013 (Thursday) - Speaking on Century Farms of Howard County, MO, at the                                                       Howard County DAR meeting

March 13, 2012 (Tuesday) - Speaking on Medicinal Uses of Common Garden Herbs,
                                                  at the Magic City Master Gardeners, Moberly, MO

Self-Publishing Workshop

Are you considering putting together stories of your family ancestors? Have you thought about gathering up family recipes to publish in a cookbook? Did your great grandmother leave a diary that you'd like to publish? Have you written some poetry that you'd like to put in a book and give as gifts? Are you working on your first novel? If so, this self-publishing workshop is for you. This workshop will help you understand the process, from the first written word to the finished book. Learn about ISBN's and how to get one, what important items to make sure you put on the back cover, how to get testimonials, how to submit your manuscript to a printer, and lots more.

Talks on Writing:

The Basics: Aiming at that First Publication

Getting Started as a Freelance Writer
The Secret to Successful Publication: The Query

To Market, To Market: Finding Homes for your Work

Travel Writing: Have Pen, Will Travel

Family Traditions: Writing Your Personal Stories

Self-Publishing (available as a 4-hour workshop)

Talks/Demos on Herbs:

Presto Pesto

Marvelous Mustards - how to make your own

A Dozen Easy Herbs To Grow

Talks on Gardens/Plants:

Gardens of the Midwest

Gardens of the Pacific Northwest

Springtime in the Sonoran Desert

Easy Midwestern Native Plants to Grow

Create a Patio Planter

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