Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Need a Speaker on Health, History or Getting Heard? Lisa's Speaker Resume/References


 
Lisa Saunders
PO Box 389, Mystic, CT 06355
 

 
SPEAKER RESUME, BOOKS, SAMPLE TALKS AND REFERENCES

Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer, TV talk show host, and the author of several books. She is a part-time historical interpreter at Mystic Seaport and an instructor at New London Adult and Continuing Education. Lisa was instrumental in helping Connecticut become the second state in the U.S. to enact a law combating the #1 viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), a disease that led to the disabilities and death of her younger daughter, Elizabeth.

SUMMARY: Skilled in speaking and writing in the fields of history, health, publicity, and publishing. Host of the Lisa Saunders Talk Show airing on Comcast’s channels 12 & 96; Thames Valley’s channels 12 & 670; and Frontier’s channel 99. She was awarded the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion.

EDUCATION: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. B.S. — Business Management and Marketing

PUBLISHED BOOKS (found at www.amazon.com/Lisa-Saunders)

 

Ø  After the Loss of a Spouse, Henry VIII to Julia Child. Stories of 18 Famous Widow/ers (several with Connecticut ties such as Mark Twain). "Lisa Saunders has written an indispensable book about life after loss—and what we can learn from history's famous (and occasionally infamous) widows and widowers. There's something to be said for the resilience of the human spirit, and this book is a testament to that." John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

Ø  Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). The true story of a big, homeless canine and Lisa’s fragile daughter, Elizabeth, who needed him. Elizabeth was born disabled by congenital CMV in 1989. "Sheds light on a disorder that is preventable and not talked about enough. If you're an animal lover, you'll love the critter tales as much as the special-needs storyline...really lifted my spirits." About.com

Ø  Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife (Civil War love letters). This true story of Lisa’s great-great grandparents is told through their letters during three years of the war (1862-1865). “The story of how the marriage between Charles and Nancy survives separation, disease, the threat of death, and malicious gossip is compelling.” Ithaca Times

Ø  Images of Modern America: Mystic (co-authored with Kent and Meredith Fuller). Since Mystic, Connecticut, celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1954, it has evolved from a working-class village into a tourist-driven community while embracing its quaint New England charm and keeping its rich history alive.

Ø  Lisa’s Guide for Writers (includes how to get published—even if you’re not thin and famous!). “A great resource for writers and people who want to change the world. I highly recommend it for people who want to spread a message or promote their work."  Faye Hollidaye

Ø  Mystic Seafarer's Trail: Secrets behind the 7 Wonders, Titanic's Shoes, Captain Sisson's Gold, and Amelia Earhart's Wedding. When Lisa meets a blind sailor who invites her on a long, winter voyage, can she defy squalls, scurvy, and her fear of scraping barnacles to survive this epic journey? “You will laugh out loud at Lisa’s adventures in this part travel guide, part historical reference and completely hilarious tale.” Bree Shirvell, Editor, Stonington-Mystic Patch

Ø  Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale (booklet includes a table setting fairytale explaining why Mr. Knife is afraid the dish will run away with the spoon, images for coloring, plus how to prevent the leading viral cause of birth defects by reminding families not to share cups and utensils with each other without washing them first). Once Upon a Placemat finally accomplished what we could not--getting our kids to remember how to correctly set the table. Who would think one simple story could make such an impact?” Dr. Rebecca Cihocki, Audiologist, Arizona.

Ø  Ride a Horse Not an Elevator (children’s novel). A chubby city girl leaves the elevators and bullies of her apartment complex for her grandparents’ farm. Facing her fear of horses and outhouses, she finds a skinny friend who likes her just the way she is. “A ‘warm fuzzy’ in paperback form. It is a tangible tale for storytelling that provides a springboard for discussion between children and adults.” Ruth Zwick, Educational Director, Sentinel Publications

Ø  Shays’ Rebellion: The Hanging of Henry Gale (booklet). Lisa’s ancestor, Henry Gale, was a Revolutionary War veteran found guilty of high treason and sentenced to be hanged for his leadership role in Shays’ Rebellion--a series of protests against unfair tax collection and judgments against farmers in debt in Massachusetts after the war (1786 and 1787). Learn the dramatic events that unfolded after the noose was placed around Henry Gale’s neck. According to the History Channel, Shays’ Rebellion is one of the “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.” Shays’ Rebellion brought George Washington out of retirement and led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, which addressed the root causes of the rebellion. Lisa Saunders is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Anna Warner Bailey Chapter (CT).

Ø  Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter’s Tale. A tender fairytale for all ages about the process of healing after the death of a loved one. It was inspired by the death of Elizabeth Saunders, who died from the effects of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) in 2006. This booklet includes comments by Julie Russell, MSW, LCSW, to help individuals understand the grieving process so they can return to a life with purpose and meaning. “This is a simple story for children, parents, and grandparents who have never dealt with the loss of a loved one—especially a child. This story expresses love, grief, and the most important hope of seeing our loved ones again. My family lost our 3 year old son recently, and this is a book I'm so happy to have. Not only is this special to our 5 year old son, but will be passed on to the many families around us who are facing the steps of life with heavy hearts of a loss.” Kendra M.

 
Lisa Saunders
PO Box 389, Mystic, Connecticut, 06355

 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Independent writing/marketing consultant, Nov. 2010 – Present

Present writing, publishing and publicity workshops at New London Adult and Continuing Education. New England media consultant: write press releases, biographies, and marketing materials for clients that currently include: National Field Service Corporation and Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er's Journey

 

Mystic Seaport: Mystic, CT, 2010 – Present: part-time substitute position

Historical Interpreter: Orally present Mystic’s ship-building history and artifacts to the general public.

 

State University of New York at Rockland Community College (RCC)

Suffern, NY, 2006 –2010 (served as writing consultant through 2013)

Campus Communications Assistant. Promoted events and programs to the media, authoring press releases and alumni newsletter, SCENE, with quarterly circulation of 35,000. Located and interviewed successful students and alumni for human interest stories.

 

Speaker/Workshop Topics

 

1.    Love Letters: A Union Private & His Teenage Wife During the Civil War

2.    Ride a Horse Not an Elevator

3.    Graveyard Adventures

4.    Discovering Mystic’s “7 Wonders” & Adventures

5.    Amelia Earhart’s Secret CT Wedding and What Her Husband Did After She Was Lost at Sea

6.    After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. Includes Tales of CT Widow’s Walks

7.    How to Raise Awareness for Your Cause (even if you’re not thin and famous!)

8.    How to Get a Bill Passed in Your State

9.    Wanted: Epic Adventure--Creating Meaning and Purpose Out of Life’s Misadventures

10.  After the Loss of a Child: Ways to Move Forward

11.  Stop #1 Birth Defects Virus, Congenital   Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Or: "Stop Infections That Attack Unborn Babies"

12.  Write Stuff: Why I Prefer Writing About the Dead

13.  How I Found Wonder in a Sea of Setbacks

14.  Choose Happiness and Gratitude to Discover Joy in the Midst of Adversity

15.  Youth or Adult Writing/Publishing Workshops

16.  Writer’s Open Mic

 

 

Speaking Venues Include

 

  • USA 9 News, News 8, Fox CT
  • Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Argia sailing vessel
  • New London Adult & Continuing Education
  • Intercruises Shoreline & Port Services
  • Washington Independent Writers Association
  • Lincoln Depot Museum, Seward House
  • Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Fitch Middle School, Three Rivers Community College

 

Sample Topic Descriptions

 

Title: How to Raise Awareness for Your Cause & How I got a Connecticut Bill Passed to Stop #1 Viral Cause of Birth Defects

Abstract:

In 2015, Lisa Saunders of Mystic was instrumental in getting Connecticut to become the second state in the U.S. to pass a law aimed at combatting the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every hour a child is born disabled by congenital CMV, yet the vast majority of women of childbearing age have never heard of CMV or how to prevent it. Lisa will share how she gained the attention of Connecticut legislators and the media to work toward changing that. Many of her strategies will give ideas to those who have their own causes to promote. Lisa will discuss the successes achieved through writing letters to the editor, blog posts, books, press releases and making presentations to organizations. Lisa Saunders is the parent representative of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation and has spoken to several organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics about her daughter’s life with congenital CMV. Her work on the Connecticut bill was featured in Cornell University’s Alumni Magazine (Sept/Oct 2015) and was widely covered in the media (see News 8 in Hartford RE: CMV.

 

How to Market Yourself/Your Story/Your Work

Lisa Saunders, awarded the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion, will discuss how you can receive free publicity through Internet marketing, press releases, giving “How To” speeches to community groups, and by writing articles, books, and letters to the editor.

 

The Trials of a Writer’s Life or “Write Stuff: Epic Challenges Make Great Stories”

Lisa Saunders shares the joys and frustrations of being an author, where she gets her stories, and why she prefers to write about the dead.

 

After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. Includes Connecticut Tales of Famous “Widow's Walks"

Amelia Earhart was secretly married in Noank at her mother-in-law's home--what did her husband do after she disappeared? What did Mark Twain really think about Mystic, where author Lisa Saunders resides, and how did he alleviate his grief after personal losses? The 100-year-old time capsule sent by the widow who designed the Connecticut flag was opened recently—what did she hope to inspire us to do with its contents?  How did a Mystic sea captain's widow feel about the inquest on her husband's role in Texas's deadliest maritime disaster, and what did she do when her sister died at sea soon afterward? How did the widower of Gillette's Castle in East Haddam help create the Sherlock Holmes we know today? How is the Guinness World Record Holder for "Greatest Miser" connected to the last surviving wooden whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport?

 

Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife

Charles McDowell married Nancy when she was 15 years old. Enlisting as a private in the New York 9th Heavy Artillery, he asked Nancy, then 17, to save his letters. Together they tell tales of desertions, hangings, prostitutes, venereal disease, bullets, typhoid fever, lying injured on the battlefield for days, “clever women,” and the court marshaling of a cow. 

 

Wanted: Epic Adventure

While searching for the “7 Wonders of Mystic,” Lisa Saunders uncovers the secrets behind area shipwrecks, historical sites, and Amelia Earhart’s secret wedding. When a blind sailor invites her on a long winter voyage, can Lisa defy squalls, scurvy, and her fear of scraping barnacles to survive this epic journey?

 

Finding Joy in the Midst of Adversity

When Lisa Saunders gave birth to her daughter, Elizabeth, she felt a stab of fear. "Her head looked so small — so deformed." When she learned of Elizabeth’s profound brain damage caused by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), the #1 viral cause of birth defects,, she prayed God would strike her dead so she wouldn’t have to bear the pain of raising such a child. “It took about eight months, but I eventually stopped praying that a nuclear bomb would drop on my house. Life did become good again—but it took a lot of help from family, friends, the Book of Psalms, and a couple of Valium!” What is Lisa currently doing to ensure other children don’t suffer as her daughter did? Why don’t women know how to prevent congenital CMV, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disables one child every hour in the U.S.?

 

Creating Meaning and Purpose From Life’s Misadventures

Lisa Saunders shares epic misadventures in her quest to become thin and famous so people will listen to her life-saving message. Finding the courage to move forward after personal tragedy, Lisa fails in her attempts to emulate the daring exploits of adventurers such as Amelia. Finally, charting a course to success through the help of her community, including the Mystic Nice Girls Club, she reaches the Connecticut governor’s office to witness the signing of a bill to fight the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV).  Though she has yet to reach the White House with her message, audience members will laugh and cry with Lisa as she shares the escapades behind her books, and they will discover ways she found meaning and purpose amid her sea of trials.

 

How to Write and Publish Your Memoir 

There are several important reasons for writing your life story--or at least a part of it. If you have a message that inspires, comforts, shares your life, makes a reader laugh or gives them a truth that can change their lives, then you need to know how to get it down on paper and publish it.


SAMPLE VENUES AND REFERENCES FOR TALKS AND WRITING AND PUBLISHING WORKSHOPS:

 

1.    "Stop Infections That Attack Unborn Babies" or Stop #1 Birth Defects Virus, Congenital   Cytomegalovirus (CMV).

 

·         Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council's Women’s Health Committee, Harford, CT (July 13, 2015). References: Richard Eighme, Clerk, Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council, (860) 240-0321, Richard.eighme@cga.ct.gov and Rep. Susan Johnson, Johnson@cga.ct.gov.

 

·         Infection Control Nurses of Connecticut (April 2013). Reference: Kris Magnussen, KMagnussen@llhd.org

 

·         Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA (2008). Similar congenital cytomegalovirus conferences in 2012 in San Francisco, CA. References: Gail J Demmler MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Director of Congenital CMV Disease Registry, Clinic and Research Program at gjdemmle@texaschildrenshospital.org or visit: www.bcm.edu/pedi/infect/cmv, (832) 824-4387. The 2008 Congenital CMV Conference was co-sponsored by the CDC and the Congenital CMV Foundation. The CDC co-organizer, Michael J. Cannon, Ph.D., Research Epidemiologist, CDC, can be reached at mcannon@cdc.gov. The other 2008 Congenital CMV Conference co-sponsor, CMV Foundation founder, Lenore Pereira, Ph.D., Professor, Microbiology and Virology, Cell and Tissue Biology Department, University of California San Francisco, can be reached at lenore.pereira@ucsf.edu, or visit www.congenitalcmv.org/ which includes Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee with their contact information.

 

·         The Woman’s City Club of Norwich (2015): How a Mother Raised Awareness of #1 Viral Cause of Birth Defects and Got Connecticut to Pass a Bill to Combat It. "Those who attended Lisa's talk on her seafaring disasters and efforts to get a Connecticut bill passed still tell me what an extraordinary guest speaker she was!"  Eileen Nagel, The Woman's City Club of Norwich, eileen.nagel@snet.net

 

·        The Westerly Registered Nurse’s Club(April 22, 2014). Reference:  Ida Manzella, imanzella@comcast.net

 

·         Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (Fall 2010 webinar and Lisa’s congenital CMV story published in their magazine). References: Katherine Soreng, Ph.D., Director, Clinical and Scientific Marketing, katherine.soreng@siemens.com, and Theresa Spence, M.B.A., Senior Marketing Manager, Disease State Marketing, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc., theresa.m.spence@siemens.com, theresa.m.spence@siemens.com, Phone: 302-631-8940, Mobile: 302-690-6738

 

·         Maternal-Infant Services Network, NY (March 20, 2009). Perinatal Update 2009. Maternal-Infant Services Network of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, Inc, Reference: Stephanie Sosnowski, BS, ICCE, CLC, Deputy Director, Maternal-Infant Services Network, 200 Route 32, Central Valley, NY 10917, ssosnowski@misn-ny.org,

845-928-7448 ext 15, www.misn-ny.org

 

·         Johns Hopkins University (Fall 1995). "Lisa Saunders presented as a guest speaker to my graduate class at Johns Hopkins University during the Fall semester, 1995.  She was eloquent and insightful about her experiences and feelings while raising her young handicapped daughter.  She captured the attention of the students -- special education teachers, therapists, social workers -- inspiring them to approach their professional lives with greater empathy and commitment. Mary Goodin, M. Ed., OTR, Ssagoodin@cs.com

 

Media Coverage of Lisa Saunders’s Work Against Congenital CMV

2015:



·  Cornell Alumni Magazine: In Memory of Elizabeth: Her daughter's death from a preventable disability spurs Lisa Avazian Saunders '82 into action




·  CT Magazine June 2015 (One Mystic Mother is Trying to Raise Awareness of a Common Virus That Can Have Devastating Consequences for Pregnant Women)


2014:





 

2013:


 

 

2.    'How to Market Yourself'

·         Women in Business: freshconnections (Nov. 2014). Reference: "Lisa's talk on 'How to Market Yourself' was fabulous. She was very well received by the members who felt she really knew what she was talking about." Anne-Marie Foster, Co-Founder, freshconnections, a networking group for women in business, amarfoster@gmail.com, (860) 536-0066

 

3.    The Trials of a Writer’s Life or “Write Stuff: Epic Challenges Make Great Stories”

·         Suffern’s Women’s Club (1998): "Dear Lisa, you were just splendid with your talk about the "Trials of a Writer" at the Suffern Woman's Club of Suffern. We all enjoyed it and wish you well with your book.” Faith Leigh, Program Chair, Suffern’s Women’s Club

 

4.    Graveyard Adventures

·         Mystic Women’s Club (2014): "Lisa’s talk, 'Graveyard Adventures,' was both informative and entertaining. I've never seen another speaker get the ladies so engaged and laughing.” Nancy Wilkie, Mystic Women’s Club, nancywilkie@gmail.com

 

·         Denison Homestead (10/24 & 25, 2015): Dusk With the Dead: Two Mystic Sea Captains Search for Gold. Reference: Julie Soto, Denison Homestead, julie@denisonhomestead.org, (860) 536-9248

 

 

5.    Mystic’s Seafaring History

·         Argia sailing vessel, Mystic, Connecticut (July 17, 2014). Was booked as historian by Gottfried and Somberg Wealth Management and requested by them for the following year. Reference: Captains Amy and Leslie: sales@argiamystic.com, or Kathleen: kcentola@gottfriedsomberg.com.

 

·         Dawn Princess cruise ship, Intercruises Shoreline & Port Services (7/22/2014): Tour guide to three busloads of passengers from Australia to Mystic Seaport.  References: g.vito@intercruises.com, or: Edward Baker, edward@newlondonhistory.org, Executive Director, New London County Historical Society, Shaw Mansion, 11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320, 860.443.1209, www.newlondonhistory.org

 

·         Sisson Genealogy Conference, Rhode Island (June 2014). Talk on Captains Charles Sisson and Thomas Wolfe of Mystic, CT. Reference: David S. Martin, Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University, davidchina_2000@yahoo.com

 

·         Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, Connecticut (2013). “Dear Lisa, Adventures in Lifelong Learning, an organization of retirees, associated with Continuing Ed. Dept. at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich CT., has delighted in your wonderful presentations. "The 7 Wonders of Mystic" was filled with warmth, humor, and wonderful pictures of places we all love. It would be unfair to describe any of the ‘Wonders’-- it would spoil the fun for future audiences.” Bette Peck, hawgblp@aol.com, President, Adventures in Lifelong Learning.

 

6.    Civil War Love Letters Between a Union Private and His Teenage Wife. (The love letters of a private and his 17-year-old wife reveal dreams, desertions, disease, hangings, and the court marshaling of a cow.)

 

·         Seward House, Auburn, New York (10/9/2015): "It was a great event and a great night for all of us. I'm very glad you were able to fit this reading into your schedule and rework it for our audience and setting!" Jeff Ludwig, Education Director, Seward House, education@sewardhouse.org

 

·         Shoreline Civil War Round Table, Connecticut (March 1, 2016). “Lisa, You were great…everyone thought it was a success.  We went to the diner afterwards and everyone said they enjoyed the program.  You added the personal touch needed to connect the audience to the letters.” Olivia Jean, olivia.jean@sbcglobal.net. Also: “A great story from a wonderful author, the couple's great-great granddaughter, who is the very embodiment of that love story!”  Tom Schuch, tom82baur@gmail.com

 

·         Union Baptist Church (April 2015). Reference: April Sauchuk, Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic, CT 06355, 860-536-9659, office.ubc.mystic@gmail.com

 

·         Waterford Woman’s Club (1/23/14). Reference: Gay Clarkson, Waterford Woman’s Club, gaywil@cox.net

 

·         Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, Connecticut (2013). “Dear Lisa, Adventures in Lifelong Learning, an organization of retirees, associated with Continuing Ed. Dept. at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich CT., has delighted in your wonderful presentations.Our first introduction came with "Ever True" the love letters of a husband and wife during the Civil War. Their descriptions and concerns of everyday occurrences give a true picture of a devastating period in our history. This talk was so enthusiastically received by our members that we anxiously looked forward to your next visit.” Bette Peck, hawgblp@aol.com, President, Adventures in Lifelong Learning

 

·         Emerson Theater Collaborative, Mystic, Connecticut. Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2012). Reference: Camilla D. Ross, camyross@icloud.comEmerson Theater Collaborative, PO Box 633, Mystic CT 06355, info@emersontheatercollaborative.org, (860)705-9711

 

·         Groton Senior Center (10/20/11). Reference: Carol Pratt, Program Supervisor, Groton Senior Center, Groton, CT, (860) 441- 6795, cpratt@groton-ct.gov

 

·         Fitch Middle School (May 22, 2012). Reference: Robert Pendolphi, Principal, rpendolphi@groton.k12.ct.us, (860) 449-5620

 

·         Lincoln Depot Museum (Peekskill, NY), 2009, and Museum Village (Monroe, NY) other  years. Reference: Paul Martin, President of Rockland Civil War Round Table, prm3@hotmail.com

·         Sloatsburg Library, NY (prior to1999): "Your impressive, in-depth research, coupled with your enthusiasm and love for the subject created one of the most informative and engaging programs we’ve held this year." Stephanie Vitale, Adult Program Coordinator Sloatsburg Library, 845-753-2043, svitale@rcls.org 

·         Suffern Library, NY (prior to 1999). "Thank you for doing a wonderful presentation at the Suffern Free Library on "Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife." The letters were interesting and gave a very real perspective of family life during the Civil War." Miguelina Molina, Events Coordinator Suffern Library, 845-357-1237, mmolina@rcls.org

 

7.    Ride a Horse Not an Elevator

 

·         Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1999). “Lisa Saunders came to Cornell University to the Dept. of Animal Science as a speaker at one of the annual ‘NYS 4-H Horse Program In-service’ programs.  It was a very successful in-service. The ‘Horse Book in a Bucket’ program had been released earlier and it gave a nice ‘kick off’ for the agriculture literacy program. Great project! Ride a Horse Not an Elevator is a refreshing tale of a young city girl lucky enough to still have grandparents living on a farm.  Using the horse as a magnet, we have tied Lisa’s story of life’s lessons in this child-friendly setting to agriculture, the care of horses and horse nutrition, to human nutrition and good eating habits, fitness and exercise.” Jeannie Griffiths, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horse Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, jtg4@cornell.edu, 607-255-2857

 

·         Riverfront Children's Center, Inc., Groton, CT. (July 11, 2013), Writing Ride a Horse Not an Elevator. "Dear Lisa, The children in the summer program really enjoyed your presentation of your novel, Ride a Horse Not an Elevator, and receiving an autographed copy. That aspect especially did a great deal to help them feel connected on a personal level to the whole writing process.  Thank you so much for giving your time to them and sharing your expertise." Susan R. Bailey, Development Coordinator, Riverfront Children's Center, Inc., susanbailey01@comcast.net, www.riverfrontchildren.org/about.shtml

 

 

8.    Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale

 

·         Mystic & Noank Library (April 2016). Reference: Roberta Donahue, Children’s Librarian, rdonahue@mysticnoanklibrary.org, 860-536-7721

·         Niantic Community Church Children's Center (April 2016). Reference: Kathleen Tiller, Director, directorncccc@gmail.com, (860)739-0877

·         Happy Time Nursery School (April 2016), Mystic, CT. Reference: Sue, mystichappytime@gmail.com 860-536.9871

 

9.    Youth Writing Workshop

·         Bill Library, Ledyard, CT. (January 30, 2013). “Lisa's manner with children is natural and encouraging, immediately putting them at ease. Her writing advice was advanced enough for adults, but simple enough for children to implement. By the end of the workshop, even the shyest students were sharing parts of their literary creations. This workshop was wonderful!" Andrea McKenzie, Bill Library, Ledyard, CT, aandgmckenzie@gmail.com. Another reference: Gale Bradbury, bradbury@ledyard.lioninc.org

 

10.  "Writers Open Mic"

·         Groton Public Library, Connecticut (November 7, 2013):  Writers from ages 13 through adult were invited to read (or sing) their work for up to three minutes. All G-rated genres were welcome, including memoirs, music, fiction, essays, poetry, screen plays, etc. "Thank you for a great open mic program. I loved the teenagers! They really added a lot of energy. I enjoyed the event a lot and thought we created a good feeling of community. It was a pleasure to work with you." Jean Schweid (coordinator of the program) at jschweid@groton-ct.gov or 860-441-6750.

·         State University of New York at Rockland Community College (RCC), Suffern, NY (March 25, 2010). “Lisa organized a very successful series of Open Mic Nights where a wide diversity of writers had a chance to read excerpts of their work. Lisa is very creative, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with.” Rich Syrek, former Dean, Center for Personal & Professional Development, RCC, rwsyrek@mentormanagementllc.com.

 

11.  How to Get Published and Memoir Writing

·         New London Adult and Continuing Education, (April 7, 2015 and other dates). Reference: Peggy Cherrick, (860) 437-2385  ext.# 106, (860)625-1008 cell, cherrickm@newlondon.org

 

·         Groton Public Library (Oct. 23 and 30, 2015). "We received very positive reviews from the participants of your memoir writing class. Your workshop was very professional. I appreciate you jumping into this workshop without knowing who the actual target audience was and what level of expertise to expect." Jean Schweid, Librarian, 860-441-6750, reference@groton-ct.gov:

 

·         Mystic & Noank Library, March 10, 2015, 860-536-7721, Lois Hiller, mnl@juno.com, www.MysticNoankLibrary.org

 

 

·         Emerging Writers Retreat, Masons Island, CT. (July 20, 2013), How to Get Published & Self-Published. "Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your story, experience and wonderful energy! Everyone enjoyed what you brought to the program." Patricia Chaffee, Writer/Retreat Facilitator, (860)536-0051, Contact@PatriciaAnnChaffee.com

 

·         Groton Library, Groton, CT. (June 22, 2013). How to Publish on Amazon. "Lisa, I just wanted to thank you for your class yesterday and pointing me in the right direction.  I really appreciated your time and knowledge.  Now to jump in...." Sue Palmer, Illustrator, Westerly, RI, suebgp@msn.com. Reference: Jennifer Miele, Manager, Library Public Services, Groton Public Library, Groton, CT, (860) 441-6750, JMiele@groton-ct.gov)

 

·         Tappan Free Library, Tappan, NY (November 8, 2009). “How to Get Published.” Reference: Jill Gross, Adult Services, jgross@rcls.org, 845-359-3877.  Youtube video of talk available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OjTb4sSaf8.

 

·         Suffern Free Library. Several publishing and writing events prior to 1999. Reference: Miguelina Molina, Events Coordinator Suffern Library, 845-357-1237, mmolina@rcls.org

 

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Sample Workshops offered by Lisa Saunders

 

Writers & Publishers Workshop

Class size: min. 4/Max. 9

Location Requested: Need a table and chairs

Supplies/Equipment Instructor provides: Her book,, "Lisa's Guide for Writers: How to Get Published & Self-Published."

Supplies and Equipment (that participants provide): Paper, pen, pencil, or laptop if they want to type instead of handwrite during writing exercises.

What actions will take place in the event of inclement weather? What is your procedure? Follow venue’s weather policies.

What actions will you take if you are unable to attend on a particular day? Locate a substitute teacher or provide a make-up class.

Program Title: Writers &Publishers Workshop

Ages of Participants: 13+ (this can also be done for grades 4, 5, and 6, but there will be less emphasis on getting published—although that will be covered as children can get published).

Description of Program (for publication):  Writers of memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, and essays are invited to bring short pieces (G-rated, please) for presentation to the group where it will receive constructive criticism in an atmosphere of support and respect. The instructor, published author and writing consultant Lisa Saunders, will provide tips on getting published and writing exercises to get the stories flowing. The workshop will culminate with a pubic “Open Mic” reading.

Participant Outcomes: Participants of all abilities will learn how to celebrate and improve their craft, showcase their work, attract a publisher, build their portfolio, write a query letter, and how to self-publish. Through connections made with other writers, participants will be inspired to take their writing to the next level. Participants will gain confidence that their unique perspective is valuable worth sharing with others.

Program Outline (Outline/lesson plan describing specific details for the program including planned activities and skills targeted):

2-hour sessions for 8 weeks.

Week 1:

Writing exercise: Why do you like to write and what your goal?

Participants either read a piece aloud or hand out copies of prior work for reaction (group critique)

Lesson: Basic story outline and how to begin

Week 2: Group critique; Lesson: Building Your Portfolio; Writing exercise.

Week 3: Group critique; Lesson: Finding a publisher and agent; Writing exercise.

Week 4: Group critique; Lesson: Locating a personal writer’s group; Writing exercise

Week 5: Group critique; Lesson: Writing a query letter; Writing exercise.

Week 6: Group critique; Lesson: Writing a book proposal; Writing exercise.

Week 7: Group critique; Lesson: Pros and cons of self-publishing; Writing exercise.

Week 8: Group critique; Lesson: How to publish on Amazon; Writing exercise.

 

Sample Writing Exercise Topics:

List your most vivid memories. Pick one and expand upon it.

Were you ever in an accident?

What major life lesson have you learned?

Query letter to an editor: Why should he/she publish your work?

Did someone ever save your life or you save theirs?

Were you ever afraid of something? How did you deal with it?

Do you know how to make something? Describe it.

Write a silly or serious rhyming poem for a loved one’s birthday present.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done (or wish you had done)?

Describe one of the happiest times in your life.

Describe one of the saddest times in your life.

What is the best birthday present and/or surprise you ever received?

Your favorite holiday is…because?

Your favorite place is?

Describe something you did when you were little.

Who had the biggest influence on you?

Name an extremely challenging experience you faced.

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Name a time of extreme danger.

 

Instructor Qualifications: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and TV co-host living in Mystic, Connecticut. She works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport and is an In Town magazine columnist. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa is the author of several traditionally published and self-published books and she writes professionally for several clients including the State University of New York at Rockland where she was awarded the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion. Lisa has spoken on a variety of topics at venues such as The Washington Independent Writers Association, The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, Md), Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities, West Point Museum, Lincoln Depot Museum and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation.

 

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Program Title: Youth Writing Workshop

Ages of Participants: Grades 4, 5 & 6

Description of Program (for publication):

Learn to express your “voice” or personality in your work. Writing about your own life and the people and pets in it is a great way to start. Recording your family’s history is another. Do you have an aunt who hides her Twinkies in the dishwasher? Then share it! Participants will have a chance to read their work in an “open mic” format and learn about the publishing process.

Students are encouraged to bring a writing sample to share along with some paper and a pencil/pen. Local author Lisa Saunders will ask students to write additional short pieces during the workshop and to critique each other’s work in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. Students will also have a chance to learn about the publishing process.

Participant Outcomes: Participants will gain confidence that their unique perspective is valuable worth sharing with others.

Program Outline (Outline/lesson plan describing specific details for the program including planned activities and skills targeted):

Instructor Qualifications:

References (where and when Lisa has instructed on this, or similar program, before with contact information):

 

 

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Program Title: How to Self-Publish on Amazon

Ages of Participants: 13+

Description of Program (for publication): There are several advantages to self-publishing—full control of your work and higher royalties. Learn the free steps to making your work available on Amazon.

 

Participant Outcomes (“Participants will…”)

Program Outline (Outline/lesson plan describing specific details for the program including planned activities and skills targeted):

HOW TO PUBLISH ON AMAZON

 

Paperback on Amazon--if your book is at least 24 pages, you can produce a softcover book

  • Sign up for free account on CreateSpace.
  • Member agreement (requires your legal name, mentions your responsibility to pay taxes on royalties, etc. Seek lawyer’s advice if concerned before signing).
  • Start project with the book’s title—this title can be changed later (so, just get started!).
  • Choose setup process (go with “Guided” for step by step help along the way
  • Click on “What’s This” for more information on terms such as “Publication Date” and “ISBN”
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number) options.
  • Files accepted for uploading: pdf, doc, docx, rtf.
  • CreateSpace offers a “Formatted Template” to download. Cut and paste your work into it.
  • Videos available along the way to further demonstrate what to do.
  • “Build Your Cover Online” for free by clicking on “Launch Cover Creator” button.
  • Several designs to choose from
  • Use their cover images or upload your own (jpeg or tiff)
  • Distribution options: Amazon and CreateSpace free. $25 to be included in distributors for bookstores and libraries. You set your own price—CreateSpace sets minimum.

E-book on Amazon—any length is fine

  • CreateSpace makes your files available for conversion as an e-book: “Kindle Direct Publishing” (KDP is a different company than Create Space). Cover is useable “as is” but some adjustments to book’s interior are required (revise Table of Contents, delete page numbers and Index).
  • Sign into KDP with your Amazon account and follow directions to upload your e-book version.

 

 

Instructor Qualifications: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and TV co-host living in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband and beagle/basset hound. She works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa is the author of several traditionally published and self-published books, which are all available on Amazon. She is a winner of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion and continues to write professionally for several clients. A member of the Mystic River Historical Society and parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation, she has spoken to audiences on a variety of topics at venues such as The Washington Independent Writers Association, Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities, West Point Museum, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

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Program Title: Dramatic Reading—Civil War Love Letters

Class size: min. 4/Max. 8

Location Requested: Need a table and chairs

Supplies/Equipment Instructor provides: Her script, “Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife.”

Supplies and Equipment (that participants provide): None.

 

Ages of Participants: 13+

Description of Program (for publication):

The transcribed letters of Charles McDowell and his wife, Nancy, display remarkable devotion, and offer readers a unique perspective of the Civil War. These letters contain little known details about: hangings, prostitution, amputations, desertions, theft and murder among Union troops. Charles also describes personal contacts with Lincoln and Seward (of "Seward's Alaskan Folly"); battles of Cold Harbor, Jerusalem Plank Road, Monocacy, Opequon, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek; the Siege of Petersburg; Mosby's Men; and the Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox Campaign. The Ninth Heavy Artillery was a part of the Sixth Corps. This story is cohesive and informative yet charming and romantic in a very personal way.

Charles McDowell married Nancy when she was 15 years old. Enlisting as a private in the New York 9th Heavy Artillery, he asked Nancy, then 17, to save his letters. Despite his grueling battles and marches, he was able to save hers as well. Together their letters include tales of desertions, hangings, prostitutes, venereal disease, bullets, typhoid fever, lying injured on the battlefield for days, and “clever women.” Great-great granddaughter Lisa Saunders will tell the “back story” of her book, Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife. She is also available to present her “reader’s theater,” Ever True: A Civil War Love Story, with members of your organization if so desired. Note: Charles fought alongside the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery in the Sixth Corps.

 

Participant Outcomes (“Participants will…”)

Program Outline (Outline/lesson plan describing specific details for the program including planned activities and skills targeted):

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How to Write and Publish Your Memoir

Program Description:

Share your life experiences with family, friends, and perhaps even the public. Examine different styles of memoirs and learn how to write yours to best express your "voice". Writing exercises will include memory jogging questions to help you get started. Answers will be shared and discussed in class. Publishing options will also be covered. Please bring pen and paper or a laptop.

Participant Outcomes:

Participants of all abilities will learn how to celebrate and improve their craft, showcase their work, self-publish or attract a publisher.

Participants will gain confidence that their unique perspective is valuable and worth sharing with others.

Participants will learn how to use questions and timelines to prompt their memories.

Participants will learn how to outline a story and overcome writer's block.

 

Program Outline:

One 2-hour session

1. Lecture on memoirs:

What is a memoir?

How do they differ from autobiographies?

Why write one?

How long of a period should you cover?

How do you begin?

Who is your audience?

 

2. 15-minute writing exercise in class. Sample questions:

List your most vivid memories. Pick one and expand upon it.

Were you ever in an accident?

Did someone ever save your life or you save theirs?

Were you ever afraid of something? How did you deal with it?

Do you know how to make something? Describe it.

Describe one of the happiest times in your life.

Describe one of the saddest times in your life.

Your favorite place is?

Describe something you did when you were little.

Who had the biggest influence on you?

Name an extremely challenging experience you faced.

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

Name a time of extreme danger.

 

3. Read resulting work in class.

 

4. Tips on finishing memoir:

How to overcome writer's block.

How to decide whether the work should be written as fiction or non-fiction.

How and where to submit memoir for publication

 

Adapted for people with disabilities:

The lecture can be done as a PowerPoint so the hearing impaired can read the lesson. The visually impaired usually have their own devices for writing. I would need to be given a handicapped accessible room for the physically impaired.

 

Instructor Qualifications:

Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and TV host living in Mystic, Connecticut. She works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport, is an instructor for New London Adult and Continuing Education, and is a columnist for Pathfinder magazine. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa is the author of seven books and writes professionally for several clients. She received the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Gold Medallion. Lisa has spoken on a variety of topics at venues such as The Washington Independent Writers Association, The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD), Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, and Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.

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10 Ways to Promote Your Work—Tell Your Story!

Don’t just take out an ad—gain trust by sharing your passion

  1. Write a Q. and A. on You/Your Work: Post it on your website along with your bio under your “Press Kit” tab. Questions to answer: 1)How did you get into this business or write that book? 2)Why are you passionate about it? 3)What is your mission? 4)What do you want your customers to experience? 5)What has been your greatest achievement? 6)What do you still wish to achieve? 7)What do you wish everyone knew (what is your message)? Include a sample review of your product. Include your town of residence so your local media will be interested.
  2. Plan an Event to Showcase Your Knowledge/Work: This can be as simple as giving a free lecture at a library or having a book signing at a shop (every business owner should publish a booklet/book to show expertise).
  3. Write a Press Release About Your Event: Interest the media by creating an urgency to cover you/your work (or award received, etc.). A press release should be written in Associated Press style and answer the following questions: Who is this about? What will happen (or happened)? When will it take place? Where will it take place (exact address)? Why will this happen? How will it happen? (If an event, is it free and open to the public?)
  4. Get Three High Resolution Photographs:  One of yourself, one of your product/business, and one with you with your product. These images should be downloadable from your website under your “Press Kit” tab.
  5. Send/Post Your Press Release With an Image: Email it to your local media (such as The Westerly Sun, The Day, Hartford Courant, Mystic Country, This is Mystic, The Resident, The Mystic Wave), talk show hosts, and friends. Upload it to free press release sites (PR.com) and post it on your website/blog so you can create a link to just that press release. Use that link to Tweet it and post on Facebook and other social media.  
  6. Upload Your Event Online: Newspapers/magazine/tourism websites have links to upload your events. Suggestions: thisismystic.com/submit-an-event; events.ctnow.com; connecticutmag.com; Patch.com, zip06.com/section/submitevents; mystic.org;  visitconnecticut.com/submit-event                
  7. Create a Flyer to Hand Out: These can be handed out as well as posted near the area of your event.
  8. Get Interviewed on TV: A television interview, one that is also uploaded to YouTube, allows customers to “meet” you.  YouTube videos come up high on Google searches and can be easily linked on website/Facebook page.
  9. Send a Monthly Newsletter: You should always be finding ways to collect emails to stay in touch with satisfied customers and educate potential ones. Offer something free, such as advice/coupons, to get email addresses.
  10. Create A “Keeper” Business Card:  Your card should have something useful on it to make people keep your information (as an author/speaker, my “card” is a bookmark with an image for coloring). My husband kept our real estate agent’s card in his wallet for years because it had a restaurant tip chart on the back. Perhaps you can share a link on it to free “How To” information and/or a coupon to entice them to your site where you can offer them something useful in exchange for their email address for placement on your newsletter list.

 

 



Do you want help promoting your work?
I help entrepreneurs grow their businesses by writing press releases, website content, newsletters, informative articles, and books showcasing expertise. My starter publicity package includes:
1.     Writing a press release about you/your work/event, which I send to my personal media contacts
2.     Spot on the Lisa Saunders Show (TV talk show, which is also uploaded to YouTube)
3.     Mention in my newsletter
4.     Post on my blog

I have a one-time fee for above publicity package (1-4, from writing press release to posting on my blog). For an additional hourly fee, I can upload your press release to Pr.com, online event submission sites, and perform other writing work mentioned above. I also provide consultations for self-publishing on Amazon and can recommend a good website developer: Fullerwebct.com.

Testimonials about Lisa’s publicity work

“Lisa, you really did a wonderful, wonderful job of unearthing stories and getting the media to pump out a steady stream of positive press.” Tzipora Reitman, Director of Campus Communications, Rockland Community College, zreitman@sunyrockland.edu .

"Lisa helped me revitalize my marketing strategy with innovative ideas. For example, she got me additional speaking engagements and did the advance publicity for them. She even got a headline spread in the newspaper by repackaging my individual engagements as a speaking tour by a local expert (me): 'Senior Acupuncturist Kicks Off Spring Lecture Series.'” Kathleen T. Poole, M.S., L.Ac., owner of Mystic River Acupuncture, ktp01@mac.com.

"When I uploaded Lisa’s video to my Facebook page, someone ordered my book that day!" Nancy Rupert, co-Author of a View from the Snow Globe: A Journey in Cancer and Chemo, Nancy Rupert, nqnrup@yahoo.com

Lisa provides writing and publicity services

She can help you:

  • Market yourself
  • Publicize your expertise
  • Learn creative ways to reach customers
IBecome known as an expert in your field
  • Be seen on TV & YouTube
  • Find an audience
  • Get published
Lisa and her preferred vendors provide:
  • Website content
  • Press Releases
  • Advertorials
  • Newsletters
  • Interviews on TV & YouTube
  • Publishing on Amazon
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Social Media Packages
  • Internet Marketing
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Writing/Publishing/Self-
    Publishing/Publicity workshops
  • Private Consultations
  • Editing
  • Ghost Writing
  • Illustrating
  • Website Creation
  • Application Content Management
  • Business Improvement Analysis
Samples of Lisa's writing and media work:

Statement from Lisa Saunders

I am  a freelance copywriter who specializes in website/blog content, media releases and TV interviews. My skills in marketing, networking and enthusiasm for working with entrepreneurs and the media enable me to advance an organization's mission. Owing to my past experience as a writer in campus communications and as an employment recruiter, I am able to interview clients to assess and portray their expertise.

Promoting one's cause or product is a time consuming task---and no one has the time to do it all and still run a business. Regarding Internet marketing, according to Jackie Tortora, online content manager for a national nonprofit based in D.C., everyone should at least have the following:
  • Website
  • Blog (ongoing diary of your news, preferably imbedded in your website). The share buttons in posts allow you to repost your news easilty to Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Newsletter (even if only sent a few times a year, it keeps you in people's inboxes).Collecting email addresses of satisfied or potential clients for your newsletter list is an ongoing effort, but you can offer something free, such as a "how to" article/e-book,as an enticement for them to subscribe. 
  • YouTube Video (they come up high in searches and potential clients like to "meet" you through them)
  • Google + Page (linking it, of course, to your website)
  • Facebook Page (although there are many Facebook pages to compete with, they come up high in searches). 
  • Media Releases: Gain free publicity in print and broadcast media by creating news (such as giving a talk, giving something away, etc.) and announcing it to the media through a press release, which should also be posted on your website. (Be sure to compose them using Associated Press style.)
  • LinkedIn (comes up high in searches)
  • Twitter (can easily be updated from your blog)
Contact me at LisaSaunders42@gmail.com if you would like me to initiate or reorganize your marketing campaign. Using my proprietary database of media contacts, I can connect you to the public. I can also write a marketing report geared specifically to your business.
 
Sincerely,
Lisa Saunders, copywriter
PO BOX 389, Mystic, CT 06355, LisaSaunders42@gmail.com
 
Lisa can speak to your organization on "How to Market  Yourself": 
"Lisa's talk on 'How to Market Yourself' was fabulous. She was very well received by the members who felt she really knew what she was talking about."--Anne-Marie Foster, Co-Founder, freshconnections, a networking group for women in business (contact amarfoster@gmail.com).

To view Lisa's PowerPoint notes, click on: "How to Market Yourself," or receive her free e-book at: "How to Promote Your Business (or yourself)," which gives information on why and how to write press releases, newsletters, etc.