Diane's Speaking Engagements

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Public Speaking

Diane is a dynamic speaker who loves to share her knowledge and passion for writing and publishing. She has given speeches and workshops throughout the country, geared especially for first-time authors.

Whether she is talking to business entrepreneurs about how to write a nonfiction book, or fiction authors about the craft of novel writing, her talks are engaging, informative, interactive and yes, even funny.

Upcoming Engagements...

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Previous Engagements Include...

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  • The Power of Point of View (2-Day Workshop)
  • The Second Draft…and Beyond (2-Day Workshop)
  • Blueprint for a Bestseller Novel (5-day workshop)
  • From Brand to Book: How to Turn Your Expertise into a Book That Builds Your Business (2-day workshop)
  • Creating Compelling Characters (3-day workshop)
  • Plotting and Pacing Your Novel (half-day intensive workshop)


“Diane O’ Connell is an accomplished writing teacher and editor whose classes repeatedly won praise from students at the Cape Cod Writing Center Conference. She is also personable and a pleasure to have as a member of our summer faculty.”
— Nancy Rubin Stuart, Executive Director, Cape Cod Writers Center

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  • Memoir Confidential: It’s Not About You; It’s About the Reader(90-minute workshop)
  • So You Want to Be a…Bestselling Novelist (90-minute workshop)
  • How to Make Your Publisher Fall in Love with You (panel, moderator)


“Diane O’Connell has been a tremendous asset to our organization of independent writers. Her session about novel writing at our 2015 annual conference was a hit, and we look forward to hearing more from Diane about the art and business of book writing.”
— Randy Dotinga, President, American Society of Journalists and Authors

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  • The Gifted Editor: Your New Best Friend in Publishing (panel)
  • The Ingredients for a Bestseller: It Starts with the Book (panel moderator)


“Diane is a fantastic speaker, with a passionate delivery that completely engages the audience. Her presentations at uPublishU at BEA have been enlightening with excellent practical tips that authors can implement immediately.”
— Sally Dedecker, Digital Publishing Consultant and BEA Education Director

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  • Mastering Point of View (90-minute workshop)


“Thanks for joining us for the Mystery, Mayhem & Murder conference. We were delighted to have you as one of our speakers! The folks who attended your session raved about it in the evaluations. In fact, your ratings were outstanding: More than 80% gave you a rating of 5 (excellent); the remainder gave you a 4 (very good). Comments included: ‘great lecture,’ ‘lots of smart tips,’ ‘engages audience,’ ‘very helpful,’ and ‘excellent handouts.’ ”
— Wendy Bickel, 2008 Conference Chairperson, Southwest Writers Conference

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  • Should You Self Publish? (panel, October 2015)
  • Marketing for Beginners: How an Editor Can Help You Get Published (panel)
  • The Latest Trends in Publishing (panel, moderator)


“Diane O’Connell has done an excellent job as both a ‘speed date’ editor and panelist for our popular ‘Push to Publish’ one-day conference. She has offered our attendees — who are both emerging and established writers — valuable feedback that they can use to develop their careers as professional authors.”
— Christine Weiser, Executive Director, Philadelphia Stories

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