I am booked through June of 2017 but will consider writing and speaking events beyond that date. Please fill out the form below with your request.
Do you travel? I take a limited amount of out-of-town speaking engagements each year. My website lists my current bookings under the Events tab.
How much do you charge? Aside from asking the inviting organization to cover travel/lodging/food for me, I generally charge between $600-$1000/day. I do negotiate based on your budget. In fixing my rates I consider travel requirements, length of event and prep time.
What speaking topics can you present? I speak on spiritual friendship and accompaniment; creating artistic and spiritual communities; the intersection of spirituality, creativity and mental illness; and creative nonfiction and spiritual autobiography.
Videos and audio files of my talks are available on this site.
I invited Jessica Mesman Griffith to give a keynote address at our conference because her essays are personally intense, spiritually poignant, and operating at a high level of literary craft. She did not disappoint. Students, faculty, and guests were drawn to her vulnerable work immediately. As she wrapped up, a long line formed to talk with her. Jessica’s reading created a buzz that lasted days, and an impact on individual audience members that will surely last much longer. — Daniel Bowman, Jr., Associate Professor of English, Taylor University