I love talking to groups about the writing process, historical fiction, and indie publishing. Contact me if you’re looking for a dynamic speaker (with a sense of humour!).

Upcoming Workshops and Presentations

  • North Shore Writer’s Festival – April 18, 2015. I’m delivering a presentation on The Hero’s Journey: Plot and Theme Development at the West Vancouver Memorial Library at 10 am. Admission is free! Please drop by. I have handouts!

 Presentation Topics

I love talking to groups on a variety of writing-related topics. Here’s a description of one of my presentations that focuses on indie publishing and my journey with The Towers of Tuscany:

Join author Carol M. Cram as she takes you on a journey from medieval Tuscany to publishing on Amazon and beyond. Carol will talk about writing and researching her novel The Towers of Tuscany, read a few excerpts, and share tips about diving into the exhilarating world of indie publishing.

Past Presentations


  • North Shore Writers Association – January 19th – 7:30 pm, speaking on my publishing journey for “The Towers of Tuscany”, North Vancouver City Library
  • February 26th, 2015 – Gibsons Public Library, Gibsons Public Library



  • February 27The Bowen Island Rotary Club at Collins Hall at 7:30 pm (talk starts at 8:00 pm)
  • March 20: Capilano University, 11:30 am, Library 312, presentation to students in the Women’s Studies, History, and Art Departments about women and art.
  • March 22: “Tea and Tuscany” at Capilano University Elder U at the Westerleigh in West Vancouver at 2:30 pm – slide show presentation and readings from “The Towers of Tuscany”
  • March 26: Bowen Women in Business Network at The Boardroom in Artisan Square at 9:20 am – presentation on indie publishing.
  • April 14: Sponsored by the North Shore PEO group at 7 pm at the Kiwanis in West Vancouver (members only).
  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014: Lynn Valley Library in North Vancouver from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This event was great fun! Here’s the poster:

Towers of Tuscany Poster

Tuesday, September 16, 2014: The Ferry Building in West Vancouver from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The presentation was called “A Woman of Spirit: The Towers of Tuscany” and was well attended by art lovers and even some people who have already read the novel.

Ferry Building Women of Spirit Presentation

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014: “Exhilarating Indie: How To Be Your Own Publisher” at the Gallery @ Artisan Square on Bowen Island from 9 am to noon. Cost: $40 ($35 for members of the Bowen Island Arts Council). Read a completed description of the Exhilarating Indie workshop.
  •  Wednesday, October 29, 2014: West Vancouver Library from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Book Clubs

I adore book clubs (well, who doesn’t)? If you have a book club that might be interested in The Towers of Tuscany and chatting with me about writing and publishing the novel, please let me know. And please note that The Towers of Tuscany includes a Reader’s Guide with several questions to help facilitate book club discussions.


As a (very!) experienced workshop facilitator and former college instructor, I really enjoy working and engaging with participants to help them master a skill, develop a deeper understanding of a topic, and launch themselves on their own path to creative expression. Here is just a partial list of workshop topics. Contact me for more!

  • Exhilarating Indie: Learn about the exciting opportunities in indie publishing and how you can take control over your writing career. The next workshop will be  held on Saturday, October 4 at the Gallery @ Artisan Square on Bowen Island.
  • Writing Historical Fiction: Where do you start? How much research? How to use your research? How to have fun with historical fiction?
  • Get Writing: A lively, fun, and engaging guided workshop designed to help participants unleash writing blocks and tap into their creativity.
  • Marketing Tips for Indie Authors: Navigate the perilous waters of Twitter, Facebook, Author Platforming (what’s that?), and more. Learn how to get your book into the hands of readers where it belongs.

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