save the date

I’m listing a couple of speaking engagements here. Partly so you can come if you are nearby and have time. And partly so you will think of me if you need a speaker sometime. I’m always interested in talking about writing, faith, family and, or course, Santa.

In the beginning was the word
They must have needed a greybeard over at Wordcamp Detroit 2011, where I will be speaking November 13 at 9:00 a.m. on how to create quality content on your blog. Even though WordPress is constantly adding new tools and modalities, content is still king. And good content requires concrete, concise and credible writing.

Whether you are writing long form or short form blog posts, the basics never change. And we aren’t talking about grammar here—we’re talking about passion, purpose and personality. This workshop will remind you of some things you forgot, renew some energy you’ve lost, and reclaim some content you own with a fresh vision and a clear voice.

The Santa papers
I will be presenting the Santa Papers on December 2 as part of the Community of Learners lecture series at Spring Arbor University. These “autobiographical essays” by Nicholas of Myra describe how a 4th century bishop cultivated a legacy of generosity. The presentation is 10:00 a.m. in Science Building 110, sponsored by the university’s general education committee: Christian Perspectives in the Liberal Arts.

I’ve been researching the life of Nicholas for several years now, working on a book manuscript called Becoming Santa. Look for a new website soon, with chapters for your review and critique.

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