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I travel the world** as a guest speaker, running writing workshops and undertaking talks and presentations about writing for literary festivals, schools, colleges, universities, writing groups and any other fine establishment that will have me, as long as they feed me copious quantities of tea and cake.
If you're interested in me doing a talk for you, please get in touch.
Chris Fielden, doing a presentation on short story writing for Rushmoor Writers
I'm an award winning short story author. I've been published in magazines, short story competition anthologies, books, newspapers and online many times. My stories have been performed at reading events and on the radio.
I've written about my experiences in a book called How To Write A Short Story, Get Published & Make Money.
The book uses my published short stories as case studies, clearly showing the reader how I used the advice I give to see my work in print. The book includes comments from editors and competition judges and shows the reader exactly how much I've been paid for my writing, setting realistic expectations using real-life examples.
The book has been an Amazon bestseller in the both the Publishing and Writing Reference categories.
You can learn more about the book here.
I've also written books on self-publishing and a thriller called Wicked Game. All of them sell well on Amazon. I always talk very openly about how I market and sell the books when I speak at events.
You can learn more about my books here.
I run this blog. It currently attracts over 20,000 visitors a month. My email list has 2,000 subscribers. Over 100,000 writers from all over the world regularly use the website each year.
I regularly publish short stories through my To Hull & Back humorous short story competition and through the writing challenges I run in support of charity. I also regularly publish guest posts by other writers on my website.
To date, I have published hundreds of authors' work. This is likely to become thousands over the next couple of years.
I offer a popular proofreading/editing service and have lots of experience in critiquing other writers' short stories.
You can learn a lot more about me on my about page.
Christopher Fielden Speaking at ChipLitFest (Chipping Norton Literary Festival)
I can tailor my presentations and writing workshops to your requirements.
To give you an idea of what to expect, I usually talk through key points writers need to understand, to give their work the best chance of being published.
The talks are usually broken down into sections, like this:
I talk briefly about my background and experience, so listeners understand why I'm qualified to be a guest speaker.
I run the popular To Hull & Back humorous short story competition. It offers large cash payments to the winners and one of the most sought after and unique prizes in modern literature. Around 300 entries are submitted to the competition each year from writers all over the world.
I talk about the common mistakes I see writers make through judging the competition, and share some surprising statistics regarding how many writers fail to obey the rules or understand the terms and conditions when they enter.
In this part of the presentation I cover many aspects of 'what it is' to be a writer and the things you need to consider when writing a story for publication.
Topics discussed include:
All of the above is based on my real-life experience as a published writer.
I speak about the importance of allocating time to marketing and publishing an author's stories.
Again, all the information is based on real-life experience.
I invite questions and input from the audience throughout my talks, but cover most queries at the end.
After the event, I share my PowerPoint presentation with everyone who attended. It contains links to lots of useful writing resources.
At previous talks, I've included flash fiction exercises for the attendees to try out. I usually base these on the writing challenges I run.
The nice thing about that is that every story written is published, by me, in support of charity. This means attendees can become published authors by partaking in the exercises at the event. I publish the stories on my website and in professional books in print and eBook format.
I've also been asked to go through some examples of successful short stories at events. In the past, I've send out copies of stories that have won the To Hull & Back short story competition for attendees to read prior to the event. I then talk about why they won.
If there is anything else you would like to know about my author presentations, please contact me.
Below is a review by Christopher Berry, the Club Chairman of Rushmoor Writers (I did a presentation for his writing group in October 2016). The comment is taken from a Facebook post the day after the event:
"Massive thank you to author Christopher Fielden for coming to speak to Rushmoor Writers this evening. He gave an insightful, engaging and useful presentation about writing and selling short stories. Bloody nice chap too :-)"
Chris pictured with Rushmoor Writers after his presentation
You can see a calendar of the events I am speaking or performing at on my about page.
** Well, I'd like to... at the moment it's just the UK or other countries via Skype, but I'd be happy to travel further afield :-)