Lori offers workshops, lectures, and informal talks to students and emerging writers. She is a creative nonfiction mentor in the University of King's College MFA program (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and a frequent guest at writing programs such as Arcadia University (PA), Converse College (SC), Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (WA), Oklahoma City University (OK), and Spalding University (KY).

Lori enjoys speaking with writers about the publication process, literary citizenship, and career development. She is available for panels, workshops, keynotes, and lectures. If you would like to invite Lori to speak with your class or group, or at your festival or conference, send an email with detailed event information.

Popular Topics Include…

  • Literary Citizenship: The Art & Life of Writing
  • Marketing Strategies for Writers
  • Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal
  • Frame Yourself: Weaving Story in the Personal Essay
  • Use Your Words: Syntax and Line Editing
  • The Art of the Book Review
  • Bylines by You: Intro to Freelance Writing
  • Introduction to Low-Residency MFAs
  • Now What? Life After the MFA
  • Literary Living: Developing a Creative Career
  • Plus, a variety of creativity and craft workshops


Quotes of Support


"Lori A. May is a wonderful and multi-talented guest speaker. She can talk about craft elements with wisdom and organized insight, but she also gives generous, practical advice about the publishing business. She has visited with my MFA students at Converse College twice, and both times the members of our program have enjoyed and benefited from meeting her. She makes it her mission to be personable and resourceful to everyone."     
- Susan Tekulve, Converse College MFA Program 

"Lori A. May walks her talk and is an inspirational role model for emerging and experienced writers alike. My students were clearly motivated by her theme on how to become "literary citizens" in their local writing communities. Lori combines a no-nonsense approach, creative strategic advice and lots of personal examples to show how to start-up, cultivate and sustain the writing resources and business networks that lead to a successful writing life. More importantly, Lori focuses on how student writers can start to put their concrete skills and passions to work and realize their dreams of becoming "real" writers now. Thanks Lori!"
- Kathryn Alexander, University of Western Ontario

"May's presentation to my 19th C American Poetry graduate seminar was extremely illuminating. She anticipated and tied together a number of conversational strands from throughout in the semester. The notion of "literary citizenship" helped my students grasp notions of 19th C aesthetics, culture, and literary influence. I can't wait to invite her back next time I teach the class."
- Joseph Csicsila, Eastern Michigan University

"May's presentation brims with insightful commentary on history, genre, and a variety of issues facing the working writer. She engages the audience with a blend of anecdote, scholarship, conversation and wit. Our group thoroughly enjoyed May's talk at our event, and we look forward to seeing her again."
- Brendan Riley, Midwest Popular/American Culture Association

"I was a moderator for a session at the Michigan College English Association conference at which Lori spoke about the use of technology for creative writers. I was surprised by the depth of unique, useful information she offered and how well she responded to comments and questions from the audience…. Lori is an engaging speaker with a fascinating topic."
- Ed Demerly, College English Association


If you would like to invite Lori to speak with your class or group, or at your festival or conference, send an email with detailed event information.

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If you would like to invite Lori to speak with your class, festival, or conference, send an email with detailed event info.

About 'Ready, Set, Write!'...

"This was awesome! This session awakened my writing passion."

"I had a great time and feel like I can move forward with my writing. I'll be back for more!"

"Lori's enthusiasm has inspired me to go out and write!"

About 'Memoir Writing'...

"This was inspiring. I feel motivated to get to work on my memoir."

"This class explained memoir better than I've heard before."

About 'Freelance Writing'...

"The ideas were rolling in! This was an exceptional class. Lori is a knowledgeable instructor with a great sense of humor. I'll be back!"

"I loved this class. It covered so much territory and shared good material. I learned a lot. Thank you!"

Arcadia University: MFA program
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Book Expo Canada
Canadian Creative Writers & Writing Programs
College Student Literary Magazine Conference
Colorado College: Poetry West
Converse College: MFA program
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan College English Association
Michigan State University Center for Poetry/Friends of Theodore Roethke

Midwest Pop Culture Association
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts/Whidbey Writers Workshop
Oklahoma City University: Red Earth MFA program
Rochester Writers Conference
Spalding University: MFA program
The Scarab Club
University of Western Ontario
Wilkes University: MA/MFA program
Winter Wheat:
The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing
Word on the Street Toronto

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