I love teaching people about writing, fear and writing, and how stories can transform our lives. Listed below are the topics I typically speak about. If you have requests for a different topic, please let me know. Also, if my fees don’t fit your budget, please don’t assume you can’t hire me. I consider each event on an individual basis, so email me your proposal. It just might work out.
FEAR & WRITING
Telling a writer to write without fear is like telling a human to breathe without oxygen. It’s impossible to do and why would you want to? Author Peg Cheng believes that fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, Peg will help you discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it. With fear on your side, there’s nothing stopping you from being the writer you want to be.
Duration: 2 hours
Audience: teens and adults
Maximum: 40 participants
Fee: $300 if located within an hour’s drive of Seattle. For presentations located farther away, the fee is the same but the host is responsible for travel, accommodation, and meals.
I would recommend your class to writers at any stage of their career, who struggle with fear (or synonym: “procrastination”). Everyone–from the aspiring writer who says, “I wish I could start writing” to the established writer who laments, “I’m a published author, why can’t I be more productive?”–everyone can get real value out of your class. — Mary Elder, screenwriter
You made the space fun, safe, and informative. For the first time in my life, I felt comfortable reading in front of a group of ‘strangers.’ — Iris Rosechild, writer
Hey Peg Cheng, you are an inspiration to me and a valuable influence to the writing world. Your Fear & Writing class at the Seattle Central Library was wonderful and inspired me. — Bobbi Jenkins, poet
Can enemies become friends? That’s the question at the heart of Peg Cheng’s THE CONTENDERS, a novel featuring two 5th graders–Eunice Yang and Thad Warfield–who couldn’t be more different or hate each other more. With Peg’s guidance, students will cultivate their social emotional skills by unpacking the story arcs of two realistic, relatable characters. This workshop allows teachers and students to address bullying through the power of literature, and discover solutions that build empathy and compassion.
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Audience: 4th, 5th, 6th grade students, and adults
Maximum: 30 participants
Fee: $200 if located within an hour’s drive of Seattle. Includes 25 signed copies of THE CONTENDERS. Extra books may be ordered at the group discount of $5.50 each. For presentations located farther away, the fee is the same but the host is responsible for travel, accommodation, and meals.
Note: Peg requires that each student attending this talk has read THE CONTENDERS, or has had it read to them. Being familiar with the book is crucial to making this talk successful and meaningful for students, so please plan accordingly when scheduling.
THE CONTENDERS is the middle grade novel you’ve been waiting for: diverse characters who are funny and real. I especially recommend this book for reluctant readers. Eunice and her friends and family feel so real–they are flawed, kind, complex, a little mean at times, and just wanting to find their place in the world. Highly recommended for every middle school collection. — Lizz Zitron, Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University
What a sweet and uplifting story about learning to understand your enemies. I recommend THE CONTENDERS for teachers as a way to open up discussions on friendship and compassion. A pitch perfect and timely tale that is certainly about bullying, but also gives young readers a deeper message about the way we all feel like outsiders. — Sandra Evans, author of THIS IS NOT A WEREWOLF STORY
Email me at peg(at)pegcheng(dot)com as early as possible to see if your preferred dates are available. Include in your email the following:
- Preferred dates and times
- Hosting organization
- Address and location
- Estimated number of participants
- Your name and phone number
Please note that photographs during the presentation are fine, but no audio or video recordings.
Looking forward to hearing from you!