Hello! My name is Deliah Lawrence and I'm an author, blogger, and workshop facilitator. Welcome to my blog. This is a place where I write about my musings, my interests, my writing journey, my love of books, movies, and all things creative. So stick around, I’m sure there’ll be something you could get into!
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5 Tips for Successfully Moderating a Panel Discussion
On Saturday, May 12, 2018 I participated as a moderator for the “Meet
the Authors” panel discussion as part of the Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA)
presented by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. This event took
place at the MilkBoy ArtHouse, a performing arts space/restaurant in College Park,
MD. In preparing for this event, I kept the following 5 tips in mind
for successfully moderating the panel discussion.
1.Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. This
means knowing who your panelists are by visiting their social media sites, websites,
blog, etc. This allows you to shape your questions targeted specifically to
At FOLA, the “Meet the Authors” panel included
Austin S. Camacho (thriller writer), Teri Ellen Cross Davis (poetry), Michelle
Junot (poetry) and Jung Yun (fiction writer). After visiting their social media
sites, I learned they wrote fiction and non-fiction. In doing so, I was able to
craft questions geared toward their various works.
In addition, I sent them an email with the
questions and outlined how the time would be allotted as well as making them
aware that the discussion would include them reading excerpts from their works.
In doing so, the panelists were able to prepare for a lively and informative
2.Engage the Audience. It’s
very important to acknowledge and engage the audience early on so they are vested
in the panel discussion. From the very beginning, I welcomed the audience and
then made them aware of what to expect during the panel discussion and when
they could ask questions.
3.Be flexible. This means going off script from
the prepared questions if there is a particularly interesting or funny response
to a question. There were a few moments when I went off script and asked the
other panelists to chime in or expand on a comment another panelist made.
Facilitating the Discussion. The audience is there to learn about the
authors and their works. So, it’s very important that the moderator take a back
sat and solicit responses from the panelists related to their expertise and their
experiences. During the panel discussion, I made sure to stay out of the way and
not inject my opinions while facilitating a lively discussion.
5.Get Photos/Video Clips. Remember
to take lots of photos and videos and make them available for anyone to see.
I had a great time moderating this panel and enjoyed having conversations
with the panelists even after the discussion ended.
18, 2018 marked 10 wonderful years with my writers’ critique group members (L.
Trovillion, M. Paris and S. Yanguas) aka “The Talented Scribes.” We celebrated by having dinner at a nice
restaurant and reminisced about how we started and how far we have grown as
we write in different genres of fiction (e.g. romantic suspense, young adult, chick
lit) and non-fiction, we have garnered collective strength through our love of
writing. We support and cheer each other on throughout the highs and lows of
our writing while still having fun. So,
when I recently taught the workshop “Why Joining a Writing Group Makes You a
Star!” at the Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend in Oxon Hill, MD (September
14 – 15, 2018), I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. Here
are the 7 reasons I shared with the audience why joining a writing group makes
you a star: 1.Motivation a.As
writers we tend to want to stay in our comfort zone until we get motivated to
see that magic happe…
Author’s Bio: I'm the author of In Our Blood – the first in a series of detective thrillers featuring Jake Hawksworth. Jake isn't superhuman. He can't take on five guys at once, can't scale buildings, can't save the world from weapons of mass destruction. Jake is everyman. He's a flawed, complex character we can all relate to and want to root for.
Like Jake, I'm no superhero either. I'm more of a "word nerd," with my mind always in the "on" position. Right now, I have about a half dozen new ideas banging around in my head. When I'm not lost in my fictional world, I'm traveling the world with my wife, spending quality time with my two daughters, or rolling around on the ground with my dogs. And I do like to think that I'm their superhero.
DL: What’s the inspiration for writing your book? WJG: For years, I’ve been creating stories in my head, and finally thought it was time to share some of these ideas with the world. My min…
Author’s Bio: Claudette Lewis
Bard’s love for writing began in her first year of college. Thanks to an
English 101 professor who gave her the following advice when it came to
writing: dig deep, put those thoughts into words and put them on paper. From
that advice, she learned how to express herself through writing. But it wasn’t
until years later, after taking creative writing courses, writing short stories
for herself, writing a non-fiction narrative (that chronicled the lives of
several elderly relatives) and much encouragement from her husband, Ed,
Claudette decided to publish her first novel in 2016 entitled Negro Island Light. Its sequel, Negro Island Light: The Road Home
followed in 2018.
holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of
Baltimore. She is a member of both the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland and
Baltimore’s Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (BAAHGS)/Agnes
Kane Callum Chapter. She is a banker by profession. DL: W…