Speaking / Presenting

Connie Speaks To the Children (Click to View Larger)

Connie Speaks To the Children (Click to View Larger)

Connie is an experienced speaker and presenter who enjoys sharing her passion for writing and her experiences as a writer with audiences of all ages.  She has been invited to speak to K-12 and college students, educators, writers’ groups, community, civic and professional organizations, library audiences and seniors – wherever book lovers gather!

Connie presented the keynote address at the 2011 Edith Wharton Writing Competition at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts.  In conjunction with the release of The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton she spoke at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  She has also served on panels at children’s literature conferences and presented dozens of programs for children and aspiring children’s writers.

Speaker Testimonials

  • “I’m not sure how to even tell you how awesome you were yesterday. What a way of relating to our small students you have. Even the teachers were engaged in your presentation. It takes a village and you certainly are part of it. Again, thanks for taking your time and energy to be a part of influencing our very young students.” – Joyce Relly, Elizabeth Starr Academy, Richmond, IN
  • “I loved Connie’s energy and her ability to capture the younger students’ attention while inspiring the older students to write and create their own stories. Her multimedia presentation was very impressive!” – Alyssa Bach-Enz, Northwest Elementary Librarian, McDermott, OH
  • “As an English teacher I appreciated the wonderful celebration of individual stories and having characters come to life! Connie expressed passion through her books and her presentation – reading, laughing and helping us to know and learn. I truly enjoyed meeting Connie and have bought her books to share with my students!” – Dr. Rae L. White, Dept. of Education, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio
  • “Enchanting speaker! What a wonderful opportunity to learn about the writer’s craft”, “Wooldridge was a terrific speaker. Very entertaining and interesting”, “Wooldridge presentation was fun, entertaining and informative.” – Attendees at the 2011 “Appalachia from an Assets Perspective” Conference, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • “Having Connie Wooldridge as a guest at St. Paul School was truly a pleasurable learning experience for our students. She captivated our kindergarten, first, and second grade students with her book about Captain John Ericsson. Likewise, our middle grade students were spellbound with her folktale and the book she’s written on the development of roads in Indiana.” – Karen Pflum, Elementary School educator


Connie currently offers four different programs customized for a variety of audiences:

  • “What It Takes to Become a Published Writer” (young audiences – grades 2-12)
  • “The Doer and the Dreamer: How to Receive a Rejection Letter and Live to Write Again” (aspiring high school – adult writers)
  • “Before Setting Pen to Paper: The Long Journey to the Opening Sentence” (aspiring adult writers)
  • “Writing My Story Through My Stories” (adult general, seniors)

Connie’s standard fee is $500 plus expenses.  This fee includes up to, but no more than three presentations per day.

Prospective Presenting Organizations…

The Speaker Profile provides helpful information to prepare for and promote Connie’s visit, including a bio, equipment needs, five things the audience will learn, and much more.

For Book Signings, this Book Pre-order Form can be submitted to Connie in advance of her visit to assure that enough books will be available for sale.

Contact Connie to inquire about available dates and more information.