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Thank you for your interest in seeing what workshop topics I enjoy teaching.

SPEAKING EXPERIENCE: I have taught and coordinated the 2019 and 2020 Teen Seminars at the Kentucky Christian Writer’s Conference, as well as have taught at local writing groups. If you are interested in more information, please contact me. I have referrals and outlines available upon request. 


“Crystal Caudill presented “Genres” to our writer’s group in Lexington. At the end of our time together, not only did I have more knowledge about different types of stories I could read, I also felt challenged to try out different types of writing I can try for the Lord.” — Kristy Horine


Writing Craft Workshops

*Unless otherwise noted, workshops run 45 to 1 hour in length.


Plotting 101: How to Create a Story Reader’s Can’t Put Down – Understanding story structure is a crucial skill for every author. Even pansters must adhere to the age old structure if they hope to be published. Yet getting a story without a muddled middle or an anticlimactic ending takes a lot of work to make those pieces fit together. This workshop will use M&Ms to break down and apply the four-act structure to story creation. Participants will walkout with a thorough understanding of story structure and a loosely plotted story. 

*This topic can be done as a two-hour interactive workshop or as a one-hour informative workshop. While targeted at beginning aspiring authors, anyone can benefit from participating.


So You Want to Be a Writer: 3 Rules You Must Never Break – No matter what conference you attend, there are often two conflicting statements: Writers must follow all the rules or rules are made to be broken. The truth is writing is actually a mix of both, however, there are three rules which absolutely must never be broken if you are to be a successful author. In this one-hour workshop, you will not only learn what those three rules are, but you will walk away with the tools needed to apply them to your stories and writing journey. This course is targeted toward aspiring authors, but even published authors will benefit from this refresher.


Picking the Write Fight – Many readers skim over or skip through fight scenes when they come across them in stories. Why? Because they are boring and readers can skip over them without missing anything important to the story. In “Picking the Write Fight”, you’ll learn the two purposes of a fight scene, what to include and exclude, and technical writing tips. By the end of the one hour workshop, you will have the tools needed to write fight scenes which grab your reader by the collar and won’t let them go. This workshop is targeted for authors of all levels.


From Aspiring to Published Author – In today’s world, there are multiple paths to publishing your manuscript—from “big house” traditional publishing to independent publishing. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the various types of publishing, the path to each, and what is required of you. This workshop is targeted for aspiring authors.

Editing Your Story – Completing a rough draft is exhilarating until you’ve realized what comes next. Editing your work well is necessary to impress a publisher and your readers. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the various layers of editing and given checklists for each.

Genre Fiction – There are lots of writing options out there from non-fiction topics to literary fiction to genre fiction. In this workshop, 13 genres are presented along with defining characteristics, examples, and common word-count lengths. By the end of the workshop, writers should know where their story best fits and what elements they need to include. This workshop is targeted at new writers and aspiring authors, but any author may benefit from attending.


Inspirational Workshops / Speaking Topics


Rejected: How to Overcome Defeat – At some level, all of us want to be successful, accepted and even wanted by others. Yet, far too often rejection occurs, and it hurts no matter what form it comes in, whether it be a rejection in a relationship, career, or long-awaited goal. But what do we do when the rejection hits us at our core and we’re left reeling? Join me as we take a Biblical look at overcoming rejection and find the truth which helps us to heal and continue on in this rejection-filled life.

Claiming Second Fiddle – When Leonard Bernstein was conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he was asked by a reporter, “What is the most difficult instrument to play?” Without missing a beat, he answered, “Second fiddle.” As Christians, we are called to live differently, placing God and Christ above all else in our lives, yet the struggle to keep from allowing other things, or even ourselves, from becoming idols is real. By looking at the relationship between first and second chair in an orchestra and examining Biblical principles, together we’ll learn how to claim and excel in our spot as second fiddle, leaving God in His rightful spot a lead in our lives. 

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