I love inspiring young writers and teaching people who are eager to learn. I also like meeting new people and networking. To both those ends, my 5-month-old daughter Leone and I have a lot of work-related travel coming up. There are a lot of logistics to work out, including care for the baby while I’m working, But I’m looking forward to it.
First the baby and I are traveling to Chicago. Then New York. Then L.A. We leave this Thursday to go to Rock Valley College. At Rock Valley College I’ll be teaching a writing workshop and giving a speech to graduating English majors. It’s the perfect forum for inspiring young writers.
Here’s my talk description:
What West Africa’s Last Wild Giraffes Can Teach You About Writing: How to Make Money and Follow Your Dreams
A Talk by Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.
Have you ever read a magazine article and thought, “I want to write something like this”?
Have you ever dreamed about someone else paying your expenses to travel someplace exotic?
In an engaging, interactive, multi-media presentation award-winning writer Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.—who makes a living writing about travel and culture—will show you how.
Beginning with the back story of her cover article in Smithsonian magazine (“Looking Up: West Africa’s Last Wild Giraffes“), Margulis will give you concrete and inspiring advice about how to write about travel—and your other passions—and even make some money along the way.
After sharing all my most inspiring advice and hopefully inspiring young writers, the next week the baby and I will be going to New York City. I’m moderating a panel on travel writing at ASJA, accepting an ASJA award, and meeting with friends, family, fellow-writers, and editors. My husband’s cousin lives in New York and has generously offered to help me with Leone. ASJA is always worth attending. It’s inspiring, provides opportunities to meet other writers, editors, and agents, and is a great way to recharge if your writerly batteries are low.
A few weeks later I’m heading to Los Angeles for three days to attend the Maggie Award ceremony. In LA I will meet with editors, and meet in person—finally!!—several writers I’ve “known” through correspondence, editing, and the Internet, for years.
Published: April 12, 2010
Last update: February 2, 2020