Kristin Bair O’Keeffe tells stories on the page and loves to help others do the same. For twenty years, she’s been teaching fiction and creative nonfiction writing courses in colleges and universities, including Endicott College, Montserrat College of Art, the University of New Hampshire, Boston College, and Columbia College.
In addition, Kristin gives talks and workshops about all aspects of the writing and publishing process at schools, bookstores, conferences, literary festivals, writing/reading groups, and libraries. Throughout her five years in Shanghai, China, she taught expat writers from all around the world, curated “Out Loud! The Shanghai Writers Literary Salon,” and was a frequent speaker and moderator at the annual Shanghai International Literary Festival.
According to valued sources, Kristin’s events are lively, interactive, insightful, and inspirational. She is always open to new ideas, but some of her favorite workshops to present are:
Making Sense of Social Media
Social media nut Kristin Bair O’Keeffe offers a balanced breakdown of what aspiring and established writers need to know about social media and why it’s more important than ever to engage in the global conversation. She’s got great tips for coming up with a social media strategy that works for you and for tracking the results of your heartfelt labor.
The Geography of a Novel: How to Create a Powerful Sense of Place
Kristin Bair O’Keeffe uses her novels (The Art of Floating and Thirsty) to discuss and demonstrate how to create a powerful sense of place in a novel. Writers examine the way place moves plot and explore the interaction between the physical and emotional geographies of a story.
Writerhead: Getting into Your Creative Groove
As defined by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, writerhead is the “state of dreamy concentration during which a writer is most creative, productive, and artistic.” Also known as “the zone” or “the groove.” After a short, humorous Power Point presentation, Kristin plumbs the mysteries of writerhead, engages writers in a deep (and often hilarious) exploration of their own writerheads, and coaches writers on how to school the non-writers (philistines!) in their lives about this delicious state of writerly nirvana. Lively and interactive, this workshop is relevant and vital for all genres.
How to Give a Great Reading
A lively, interactive workshop during which Kristin Bair O’Keeffe offers tips for delivering a great reading that leaves an audience wanting more. Writers bring polished pieces for practice with a supportive audience and get advice about how to choose the right piece to read, how to avoid the three most common reading mistakes, and a list of 15 do’s and don’ts.
Trimming Trim the Fat: Writing Write Sentences That Move
A ruthless workout for your sentences. Cutting, tightening, trimming for greatest impact. Cut, tighten, and trim for maximum impact.
In 2012, Kristin Bair O’Keeffe created and ran this monthly series of online writing adventure workshops for place-passionate, culturally curious writers around the world. Each writing adventure focused on one particular aspect of craft or the writing life (for example, “I Eat Fear,” “Writing Kick-Butt Descriptions,” “Habits,” and more), and during each 38-hour adventure, writers connected with Kristin and the other #38Write writers around the world via a Twitter hashtag and a group Pinterest board. We often had as many as 20 writers in 12 countries.