The following MWG members are available for presentations at conferences, workshops, and chapter meetings.

Please contact each speaker individually for fees and expenses.

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Speaker Index (or scroll down to see list)

Applewhite, Claire

Dill, Margo

Feldman, Judy

Fisher, John C

Fisher, Carol

Groner, Wayne

Jadlow, Sally

Jones, Veda Boyd

Malone, Ross

Theiss, Robin (Moore)

Tidwell, Robin

Valenti, Laura L.

Volkenannt, Donna Duly

Claire Applewhite is a graduate of St. Louis University, (AB, Communications, MBA), Mercantile Leadership Program for Women. A participant in the Writers Institute at Washington University, and freelance writer—House of Style magazine, Patch.com.

Published works: The Wrong Side of Memphis, Moonlight Becomes You So (2009), Crazy For You (2010), St. Louis Hustle(2011), Candy Cadillac (2011). Website: www.Claireapplewhite.com, radio interview, http://bit.ly/hhVC8Y, YouTube video, claireapplew2.

Past President, Missouri Writers Guild, Board member of Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Member, St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active Member, Mystery Writers of America.


  • Plotting and Pacing the Mystery: Fifty Ways to Kill Your Lover
  • Why Aren't I Published? Secrets From the Editors
  • Between You and Me: Publicity and Promotion for the Writer

Fees: Negotiable. Request travel expenses.

Contact Information: Claireapplewhite@gmail.com or 314-560-2906

Alternate contact: Lois@bigideasstudio.com or 314-283-1981

Margo Dill Margo Dill is a freelance writer, editor, teacher, blogger, and children's author. She is a contributing editor, columnist, and instructor for WOW! Women On Writing and memoir editor at High Hill Press. She will have a middle grade novel and picture book published in 2012 by White Mane Kids and High Hill Press respectively. She has written a successful blog, "Read These Books and Use Them," (http://margodill.com/blog) for three years, and she encourages readers to share children's and YA books with kids and teens and provides ideas on how to use the books with this audience.

Margo leads workshops for writers, teachers, and children on many topics, including social networking and blogging, writing for children--novels and magazines, freelance writing, time management and creativity, making money at writing, six plus one traits of writing, what it's like to be a writer, revising and editing a story, and historical fiction. Margo's workshops are interactive and usually involve audience members' participation through writing exercises and discussions. She charges $100 for a one-hour workshop and requires mileage if she travels over 30 miles. Her fees are negotiable for school groups, classrooms, and non-profit organizations. To find out more about Margo's workshops, to read testimonials, and to contact her, please visit her website at http://www.margodill.com or you can e-mail her at margodll@aol.com. She looks forward to coming to your school or group and talking about writing very soon!

Jody Feldman’s award-winning children’s novels (The Gollywhopper Games, The Seventh Level, HarperColllins/Greenwillow) have given her the rewarding opportunity to speak at such conferences as NCTE, the Texas Library Association, the Missouri Library Association, and the Missouri and Florida regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Upcoming events include featured appearances at both the Arizona and Georgia Library Association conferences and a roundtable workshop at the 2012 IRA Conference in Chicago.

Her greatest thrill, though, has been speaking to thousands and thousands of students in elementary and middle schools and in libraries across the country. Large group sessions generally focus on personal experiences as an author. Workshops zero in on character development, world building, importance of details, advertising and journalism, or (by special arrangement) on a custom-designed topic. Skype sessions take a Q&A format. She attempts to make all sessions highly interactive.

She offers two free mini-Skype sessions per month (10-15 minutes) on a first-come, first-served basis; longer Skype sessions for a fee. For availability and full information on in-person and Skype appearances, contact Jody at jody@jodyfeldman.com.

Websites: www.jodyfeldman.com & www.gollywhoppergames.com

John C. Fisher is a native of Missouri’s Bootheel and has been a full-time freelance writer since 2000. His writing interests include gardening, small farm agriculture, food preservation, food history, hunting and fishing, devotionals, and Missouri history and travel.

In addition to having been a columnist for Missouri Life, his articles have appeared in a variety of magazines including BackHome, Missouri Life, Show Me Missouri, Back Woods Home, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Kitchen Gardener, and Secret Place.

He published his first book, Catfish,Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri State Symbols, in 2003 with the University of Missouri Press. A second book with the University of Missouri Press, Pot Roast, Politics, and Ant in the Pantry was published in 2008 and coauthored with his wife, Carol Fisher. This book won second place in the Walter Williams Major Work Award category at the 2009 MWG conference. A third book, Food in the United State Military, also coauthored with Carol was released in 2011 by McFarland Publishers.

Fisher also won first place for the Best Newspaper/Magazine Column at the 2009 MWG conference. A member of Missouri Writers Guild, Heartland Writers Guild, and Ozark Writers League, John has presented workshops on writing at several writing conferences. He also is a member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Folklore Society, and serves on the Missouri Board on Geographic Names.


Missouri’s state symbols, Missouri agricultural history; French settlement in Missouri; settlement, drainage, and agricultural development of Missouri’s Bootheel region; American military food history; writing related topics including query letters, how to target your market for magazine articles, using photographs to illustrate your writing and enhance sales, magazine article writing tips, and nonfiction book proposals.

Fees: Negotiable

Contact Info:

John C. Fisher, 201 Westgate Ave, Kennett, MO 63857

573-888-3620 (home/office) or 573-344-3842 (cell)


Carol Fisher’s books explore cookbook and food history. Landing her first book contract a yearbefore she retired from teaching, she moved aggressively into her new free lance writing career.

Her first book, The American Cookbook: A History (2006, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1st place Walter Williams Major Work Award winner, Missouri Writers Guild) tracks the history of the American cookbook, from the first one written in 1796, to modern cookbooks.

Teamed with her writing partner, John Fisher, she explored Missouri’s cookbook trail in Pot Roast, Politics and Ants in the Pantry: Missouri’s Cookbook Heritage (2008, University of Missouri Press, 2nd place Walter Williams Major Work Award- Missouri Writers Guild) and recently coauthored Food in the American Military: A History (2011, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers) This book tracks military food history from the Revolutionary War to the present including numerous first person accounts of food successes and food challenges.

Fisher is a member of Missouri Writers Guild, Heartland Writers Guild, Ozark Writers League, Missouri Folklore Society, and DAR. Her presentations cover cookbook and food history, writing related topics, and presentations focused on creatively preserving family history through cookbooks.


Mock Foods (including a mock pie tasting)

Kitchen Medicine, Housekeeping Tips, and Cookbook Literature

Cookbook Firsts

Revolutionary War Food Challenges

Children’s Cookbooks

America’s Favorite: The Community Cookbook

A Taste of Nineteenth Century Missouri Cookbooks

Health and Nutrition Cookbooks in America

Preserving Family History through Family Cookbooks

The Thrill of the Hunt: Research Tips for Writing

Fees: Negotiable

Contact: Carol Fisher, 201 Westgate, Kennett, MO 63857


573-888-3620 (home/office) or 573-888-7248 (cell)

Wayne E. Groner

Wayne E. Groner, Springfield, Missouri, is a personal historian and memoir-writing coach. He is co-author of Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance (memoir/corporate history), Levell-Drew Family History (family history), and The Pastor’s Guide to Fund-raising Success (nonfiction). His articles and book reviews on a variety of topics have appeared in Ozarks Mountaineer, Your Community Hospice, Ozarks Magazine, Springfield Business Journal, Rural Missouri and Congregations, among others.

He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a radio and television news reporter, author, freelance writer, and workshop presenter to national and local organizations. Groner teaches a monthly class at the Springfield Library Center, "Writing Your Life Story."

Speaking topics:

  • How to Get Paid Writing Memoirs
  • Writing with a Co-author
  • So, You Have to Make a Speech: Lessons Learned from White Rabbit

Fee: $150 plus expenses.

Contact: waynegroner@yourmemoriesyourbook.com, 417-883-4532.

Blog: www.waynegroner.blogspot.com

Sally Jadlow is an award-winning writer who has published three books and numerous poems and short stories. Sonflower Seeds, a collection of poetry and inspirational short stories, took first place for Best Book of Poetry 2002 at the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc. Her short story, “Sara’s Surprise,” took first place in 2006 at the Missouri Writers’ Guild conference.

The Late Sooner, Sally's most recent book, is a historical novel based on her great-grandfather's diary. He took part in the first land run in Oklahoma in 1889.

Sally is on staff, teaching creative writing at Christ Prep Academy in Kansas City . She has presented before various schools in the Kansas City area, Girard Christian Writers, and Heart of America Christian Writers Network.

She is knowledgeable about:

Poetry writing and editing

Book promotion and sales

Self-publishing and publishing with an editor

Devotional writing

Sjadlow@aol.com or SallyJadlow.com; 913-888-1558 (home); Speaker's fee: $150 plus expenses (gasoline up to 120 miles from Overland Park, Kansas [Kansas City Area]; hotel and gasoline beyond 120 miles.)

Veda Boyd Jones speaks at writers' conferences, literature festivals, young authors' conferences, and schools. She's the author of 42 books, nine for adults and 33 for children, both fiction and nonfiction, and also writes for magazines. Previous sessions for writers' conferences include: Dialogue, Characterization, Marketing Your Book, Plotting, Writing Biographies, Historical Fiction. She has served on the faculty at several conferences including Highlights' Chautauqua Writers' Conference in NY, the SCBWI conference in Kansas City, Kansas, and RWA Conference in Dallas, TX.

Previous literature festivals include Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg, MO; Children's Literature Festival of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO; Branson Sixth Grade Lit Fest, Branson, MO; and Children's Lit Fest in Waynesville, MO. She's made school visits in MO, KS, OK, and AR, and has presented in-service workshops to English teachers.

Fees: Travel expenses and $500/day for four sessions at school visits. Travel expenses and $200 per session at writers' conferences.

Contact Veda through her website www.vedaboydjones.com

Ross Malone, Union, Missouri, writes short stories and compilations about Missouri’s history. He has authored four Missouri-themed books and several magazine articles. Ross is the President of Four Rivers Writers Guild in east-central Missouri where published authors help novices through the publishing process.

His books now available include, Tales from Missouri and the Heartland, a School Edition of that book, Eight Tough Kids about Missouri kids facing adolescent problems, and his most popular, This Day in Missouri History

Ross has decades of experience as a teacher, salesman, radio host and has lived and worked on farms, small towns, and our largest cities.  He says Missouri history comes naturally to him because he’s witnessed most of it! 


  • Finding and Writing History’s Stories
  • Using Stories to Increase Retention (for Educators)
  • Finding and Writing the Family’s Stories (for Genealogists)

Fee: $150 plus expenses suggested.

Contact:  RnDMalone@att.net, (636) 583-4768. Website: www.RossMalone.com

Robin (Moore) Theiss is a writer, editor, photographer, and speaker. Her authorial credits include short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, essays, poetry, and a wide range of business publications. She served as Senior Editor for Boulevard magazine, the literary journal of Saint Louis University, and has edited more than thirty commercially- and privately-published books. Robin's photography has been published in magazines, literary journals, and on Internet Web sites. Her passion for books and writing inspired Robin to serve on the boards of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and the Missouri Center for the Book and for three consecutive terms as president of St. Louis Writers Guild. A former business executive, Robin directed operations and led marketing and strategic growth and expansion efforts for four major health insurance companies within a span of more than three decades. Today her company, Topflight Communications, offers expert business communications products and services for a wide range of companies and non-profit organizations.

Contact Robin at robin@robintheiss.com

Speaker’s Fee: $200 plus Expenses (Negotiable)

Suggested Topics: The Skeleton Keys: All You Need to Unlock a Successful Freelance Writing or Editing Career, Ten Winning Self-Promotion Strategies, The Real World-Real Results One-Year Can Make it Happen Plan

Robin Tidwell is the author of REDUCED and REUSED, and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.

Robin and Dennis are the owners of All on the Same Page Bookstore and Rocking Horse Publishing.

Topics: writing, editing, publishing, marketing, bookselling, and promotion, as well as parenting, camping and the outdoors, and prepping and survival.

Speaker’s Fee: Fees start at $50 within the St. Louis region; engagements booked outside the metro area will require travel expenses.

Contact: You can reach Robin via her website, http://www.RobinTidwell.com, or by phone at (314)825-6860

LauraLValenti.jpgLaura L. Valenti, has been blessed to be a Bennett Spring resident for over 30 years, which led her to write three historical novels about Missouri’s first state park. She has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine features and is a ten year veteran of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department. Her novels include her popular Bennett Spring series, The Heart of the Spring, which is currently used in Lebanon High School classes to teach area history. She has also written two novels about a small town county sheriff and the Salvadoran woman who comes to his town to run the Christian mission there, Between the Star and the Cross. In addition, Valenti is the co-author of the non-fiction, Ozark Meth: A Journey of Destruction and Deliverance, which chronicles the lives of 30 southwest Missouri methamphetamine addicts in sustained recovery who share how they got on, how they got off and how they stay off meth. Valenti has spoken at numerous functions, schools, clubs, churches and workshops on various topics including writing and publishing basics, Ozarks history, as well as meth and current law enforcement efforts to combat drugs.

Speaker’s Fee: $150 plus Expenses (Negotiable)

E-mail lauravalenti@live.com


Donna Duly Volkenannt, St. Peters, Missouri, is an editor, a reviewer, an award-winning writer and a lover of the written word. Her works have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cup of Comfort, Irish Inspirations, Mysteries of the Ozarks, Cactus Country, Mid Rivers Review, and other publications.

She has reviewed more than 200 fiction and nonfiction books for Bookreporter, Teenreads, Kidsreads, Thomas Nelson, and other sites. The Bookreporter network has featured her interviews with: Walter Dean Myers, Lois Duncan, Ally Carter, Sara Shepard, and other notable authors.

A 2011 Pushcart nominee, Donna is a past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, founding president of Saturday Writers, and has served on the boards of Ozarks Writers League and St. Louis Writers Guild.

She has participated in reading and writing events at libraries, schools, book stores, writers’ groups, and other venues. Donna specializes in presentations on creativity, craft, and the joy of writing. 

Sample topics:

  • Unleashing the Writer Within
  • Reading and Writing for Love and Money
  • Write to Win: Tips from a Contest Judge
  • What I Learned About the Magic of Writing from Watching Nicholas Cage

Speaker fee per presentation (maximum two hours/50 participants): $150 plus expenses for handouts and gasoline (up to 125 miles from St. Peters, MO.)  Beyond 125 miles: same fees and expenses plus hotel costs. Fees for larger groups negotiable.

E-mail dvolkenannt@charter.net or call 636-379-9362 http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

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