Speakers Bureau

The Nebraska Writers Guild Speakers Bureau

We have many talented writers in the Nebraska Writers Guild who are willing to come speak to your school, church group, library, or other organization. 

Kindly use the speakers bureau list below you will find a list of authors, where they live, and what they can speak about. You will need to contact the author directly and make arrangements. Some authors may have a speakers fee. Please discuss this with the author. Our hope is that you find this speakers bureau list beneficial to your needs.

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Speakers Bureau Authors

Omaha Area Authors

Connie Crow

Expertise: I can speak to the emergence and growth of e-books, being e-published and writing romance novels. I’ve sold six romance novels that have been published as e-books and are also in print. I am a pioneer in this area having been in e-books since 1996.

Resides: Bellevue, NE

Contact: ccrow21993@aol.com

Janet Sobczyk

Expertise: Speaking topics: getting published in magazines/anthologies/online or about being a parent of a daughter with Down syndrome who was fully included at a private school. I also present guided writing sessions in poetry to adults and students. Fee varies.

Resides: Omaha, NE

Contact: jmsobczyk752@yahoo.com

Johnnye Gerhardt

Expertise: I lecture at multiple education levels in varied venues on characterization, dialogue, and screenwriting utilizing handouts and audience participation enhanced by interesting and humorous aspects of writing. I’m published and currently working with a Hollywood producer on a script. There is no fee.

Resides: Omaha, NE

Contact: jlg21447@aol.com・Please put “Lecture” in the subject line.

Kim Stokely

Expertise: I have been a speaker/performer for Women’s retreats and Bible studies. You can learn more about my one-woman Biblical drama on my website. I also love talking to students about creative writing.

Resides: Bellevue, NE

Contact: www.kimstokely.com

Margie Lukas

Expertise: I teach creative Writing at University of Nebraska-Omaha. I can give lectures on any of the many aspects of creative writing.

Resides: Omaha, NE

Contact: margielukas@msn.com

Marilyn June Coffey

Expertise: I’m a Great Plains Storyteller with stories to tell about my life as a writer in New York City and Nebraska. I give audiences a list of story questions like “why did Good Housekeeping fire me?” and “what made me shake Robert Kennedy’s hand?” Audience members chose which stories they want to hear.

Resides: Omaha, NE

Contact: marilyncoffey.net・marilyncoffey@cox.net・402-455-4974

Mary Connealy

Expertise: My journey to publication

Resides: Decatur, NE

Contact: mary@maryconnealy.com

Nicole McDonald

Expertise: I wrote ‘The Extraordinary Art of Couponing’ and am a professional speaker. I teach coupons, advanced coupons, meal planning, freebies, frugal family fun and budgeting at several local community colleges, public libraries, in-home parties and corporate events.

Resides: Omaha, NE

Contact: nicole@momsavesmoney.net・ www.momsavesmoney.net

Tammy Marshall

Expertise: Writing a regular column, hosting exchange students, the Spanish language and culture, doing stand-up comedy, mastering public speaking, and surviving divorce and becoming stronger for it. I am willing to travel up to 300 miles. My fee would be contingent upon a variety of factors.

Resides: Neligh, NE

Contact: tamreader@gmail.com

Lincoln Area Authors

Becky Breed

Expertise: I co-authored 2014 IPPY Silver award winning book, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life. The topics of creativity, overcoming writer’s block, and the role of imagination are topics I love to talk about.

Resides: Lincoln, NE

Contact: beckyandlucy@writeincommunity.com

Bonnie Lacy

Expertise: I write short stories, children’s books, and contemporary supernatural novels. I like to encourage others about the writing and publishing path. I’d love to travel. If over 300 miles, please provide motel. Fees are reasonable.

Resides: Osceola, NE

Contact: Cell – (402) 366-1242 ・ www. bonnielacy.com・ bonnielacy@bonnielacy.com

G. M. Barlean

Expertise: I’d be happy to do readings from my books, sell and sign my books, and speak about writing and independent publishing.

Resides: David City, NE

Contact: ginabarlean@gmail.com

Janet Syas Nitsick

Expertise: Homespun-romantic tales, uplifting-personal accounts of my two different autistic sons, poetry, journalism writing. Highly-received presentations on autism from mother’s perspective, “Effective Marketing Strategies,” “Stages of Writing.”

Resides: Springfield, NE

Contact: www.JanetSyasNitsick.com

Kolleen Meyer-Krikac

Expertise: I am a Life Coach and Counselor and published, How to Create Your Balanced Life, a self-help book. I speak to groups about creating life balance, finding meaning & purpose in life & achieving goals. I love speaking about personal & professional growth, self-publishing & doing an audiobook.

Resides: Lincoln, NE

Contact: kolleen.balancedlife@gmail.com  www.balanced-life.us

Steve Bruttig

Expertise: I speak in venues from highly technical to local wives groups, college classes and high schools. Expertise varies; mostly truth amidst belief, fact, opinion, myth, and negotiated truth. Manuscripts deal with the origins (universe, galaxy, solar system, life) history, philosophy and man. Fee varies.

Resides: Murdock, NE

Contact: spbruttig@aol.com

Other Area Authors

Christine Mager Wevik

Expertise: I am the author of “It’s Only Hair,” a humorous self-help book about living and coping with baldness. I enjoy speaking about hair loss – or any type of challenge – and how to cope with hope and humor. Favorites: inspirational and motivational. Willing to travel (with lodging over 300 miles).

Resides: Beresford, SD

Contact: cwevik@iw.net

Faith A. Colburn

Expertise: I have published two Nebraska memoirs and can speak especially about research that goes beyond names, dates, and places. I can also talk about being the first and (at the time) only woman, a journalist, in the field for the Game and Parks Commission. I’m willing to travel anywhere in Nebraska.

Resides: North Platte, NE

Contact: faithanncolburn@gmail.com ・ http://faithanncolburn.com/wordpress

Jean A. Lukesh

Expertise: I am a ten-time national award-winning author, editor, and publisher and am the author of THE NEBRASKA ADVENTURE, a very popular and multi-award-winning Nebraska studies textbook. I do booktalks on Nebraska history, Nebraska heroes, writing, researching, editing, self publishing, and more.

Resides: Palmer, NE

Contact: JeanLukesh@aol.com ・ www.fieldmousebooks.com

Kristin Bauer Ganoung

Expertise: I’m a children’s author with a series of middle grade books about a farm cat. I’m also an elementary teacher and love to visit schools and libraries to do writing projects with kids of all ages. Fee varies.

Resides: Halsey, NE

Contact: kristin.ganoung@gmail.com

Victorine E. Lieske

Expertise: I’m often asked to tell my story, about how my self-published eBook made the NYT’s best seller list. I can also address writers in particular and talk about the steps I think are important to find success selling eBooks. I am willing to travel. You can contact me on my website.

Resides: Scottsbluff, NE

Contact: http://www.victorinelieske.com