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“Amazing presentation. I feel uplifted.” — keynote, MN Education Conference, 2019

Speaking & Workshops

I love sharing my author journey and creativity with others. At the heart of my work is the power of self-expression and courage to connect, grow and change. Audiences include:

  • Education / literacy conferences and breakout sessions
  • Women-in-business networking events and conferences
  • Women's retreats
  • Non-profit fundraisers / galas
  • Events focused on young motherhood

I  customize my presentation for each audience. Frequent topics include: 

  • From Brain Tumor to Best-Selling Author: My Journey 
  • Finding your B.R.A.V.E. (inspired by my bestselling book, Be Brave Little One)
  • The Art of Self-Expression and Connection
  • Using Picture Books as Creative Inspiration (for educators) 

School Visits

Over the past two decades, I have talked with thousands of kids and teachers about my books, creative process, how publishing works and the “art of self expression.” I have also spoken at education conferences and evening parent programs. Topics include:

  • Finding Your B.R.A.V.E. — Courage is a choice, fueled by the wisdom of your heart. I speak to the kids about what it means to find their truly “listen to their heart” and combat fear ... and how bravery looks all sorts of ways, from the big out-loud decisions to the personal, quiet choices. Kids walk away with a tangible way to think about courage. 
  • Hooray for You, a celebration of you-ness— What is you-ness?  “The grand sum of you that sets you apart, your body and brains plus your spirit and heart!” We talk about the important of celebrating individuality and diversity, curiosity over criticism and empathy over judgment. 
  • I Believe in You— “The job of growing up takes hard work, you know but each day is an adventure and each problem helps you grow!” We talk about the “inner assets” needed to succeed (truth telling, courage, kindness, etc.) as well as the “life team” every kid needs, i.e., parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Kids walk away knowing they have more support than they might have thought! 
  • STOP and Write! — The blank page is intimidating for even the most experienced writer! A teacher saying, “let's write!" often means panic for students. I share my personal how-to-get-started writing formula, simple enough for even the youngest child to remember. (S=Start with what you know T=Talk to people O=Open your Mind and P=Put it down on paper.

Consulting

Do you have a book project in you? Not sure how the industry works? Should you self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?  Over the past 20 years, I've done it all, from self-publishing to more than six million books sold.  Let's schedule a call to help you get the clarity you need. E-mail me at richmond.marianne@gmail.com for rates and availability.  

Projects and Partnerships

Always delighted to partner on projects that serve and encourage families in meaningful ways. Click here to see a few favorites. 

What People Say

“If you have an opportunity to take a class from Marianne, do yourself a favor and sign up right away! She's awesome!”

— MJ Garrett, Educator

“I attended Marianne's workshop and it was wonderful. She is warm and inviting, and created a space to contemplate and express ourselves. The canvas I made is a great reminder of what is important to me and will hang in my office as a gentle reminder of my highest goals for myself.” 

— Karen Ritchey, Founder and Executive Director, Deborah's Palm, Palo Alto, CA 

“Words cannot express how deeply grateful I am to have been able to take an art workshop from Marianne Richmond. Marianne allowed me to express my feelings and was with me every step of the way. I was able to face my fears and leave the workshop with a project I felt good about. She helped me regain a confidence that had been lost for many years. I'm so grateful to her!”

—   Karen Midlo, Art of Intention workshop participant

“When she said good-bye to the last of the children filing back to class, you could tell that the students felt they'd not only made a new friend in Marianne but that they believed a bit more in themselves as well. A priceless gift!” 

— Rachael Parakh, PTA President, Simonds Elementary, San Jose, CA

“Hi Marianne, your presentations yesterday for our annual Author Day were wonderful. At the staff meeting after school, many teachers told me how much they and their students enjoyed your "STOP and write!" message. Teachers also appreciated that you shared your personal story of how you got started writing and illustrating. And the best compliment of all, a student asked me first thing this morning when you would be back!”

— Karen Ott, Media Specialist, Country Lane School, Cupertino, CA

“Marianne challenged the students to celebrate the 'you-ness' inside each one of them — the essence of what makes every person uniquely special. When she said good-bye to the last of the children filing back to class, you could tell that the students felt they'd not only made a new friend in Marianne but that they believed a bit more in themselves as well. A priceless gift!

— Rachael Parakh, PTA President, Simonds Elementary, San Jose, CA

"Thanks for sharing your books and life stories with us. God blessed you with a special gift! I am looking forward to adding several of your books to our class collection."

— Melanie Ludwig, Educator, IA

“Marianne Richmond is a wonderful author. She spent the day talking with each of our classes and then spoke to our parents during our Annual Family Literacy Night event. Marianne shared personal stories, read a few of her books to us and explained how she approaches the writing process. The parents, students, and staff all commented on what an “awesome” day and evening it was. Two weeks after Marianne’s visit, some or our teachers are using her drawings to “spark” a writing activity in class. We can’t thank Marianne enough for sharing her love of writing and reading to our school family.” 

— Jim Cayton, Principal, Kalona Elementary, Kalona, IA