Lancaster, Pa. | @donnatalarico

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seated audience members laughing or smiling

This is my favorite shot of an audience at one of my sessions. Thanks for capturing this, OmniUpdate.

Since 2008,  I’ve presented at more than 50 conferences and/or was a guest or a guest host of industry-related webinars and webisodes about social media, story-telling and web content strategy in higher education, small business, and publishing. I also regularly speak or give workshops for alumni networks, writers’ groups, non-profits and local businesses to show how social media and a digital presence can aid in nearly every aspect of one’s professional life. (Scroll to bottom to see available topics.)

If you’re interested in booking me for your event, please scroll down for topic ideas and contact information.

Here is a list of upcoming events, past events and, lastly, a list of topics on which I can speak. A look ahead and a look back…

Future Speaking Engagements & Appearances (2017):

  • June 1-4 – Nonfiction NOW, Reykjavik, Iceland (attending only, not presenting)
  • June 15 – Lancaster Marketing Group meeting; moderating a discussion on professional development – Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster
  • June 16-24 – Wilkes University Creative Writing Program summer residency – plenary session on web and social media to build author platform + social consultations by appointment.
  • July 11 – Pennsylvania College of Art & Design – “How to Create Content that Sizzles” workshop (open to public)
  • July 25 – Pennsylvania College of Art & Design – “Importance of Audience Engagement” workshop (open to public)
  • September 8-10 – HippoCamp 2017, Lancaster; conference organizer/moderating panels, etc.

Past Engagements this Year (2017)

  • January 7-14 – Wilkes University Creative Writing Program winter residency – plenary session on web and social media to build author platform + social consultations by appointment.
  • February 3 – Leadership Lancaster’s Leadership Advantage, session on communication tools and audience engagement
  • February 8-12 – AWP, Washington D.C. – exhibiting with Hippocampus Magazine and Books
  • February 10 – Selected Memories Book Launch (part of AWP 2017)
  • Feb. 11 – AWP panel on grassroots writing conferences
  • Feb. 25 – Rosemont College’s Career Symposium for the MA in Publishing and MFA in Creative Writing programs – gave a talk called “My Publishing Journey” and also sat on a publishing experts panel.


Previous Years: Past Presentations, Workshops & Appearances:

Here’s an archive of past speaking engagements; if you’d like more details about the content of these presentations, contact me.


  • Jan. 5 – ABC (WHTM)’s Good Day PA live appearance, double segment (view recording of live show) (social media etiquette)
  • Jan. 9-15 – Wilkes University Low-Residency Creative Writing Program (various talks, social media and nonfiction)
  • Jan. 12 – The Pennsylvania State University -keynote speaker, private staff training meeting (storytelling in higher ed)
  • Jan. 9-15 – Wilkes University Low-Residency Creative Writing Program (various talks, social media and nonfiction)
  • Feb. 5 – Leadership Lancaster’s Leadership Advantage – session presenter (communication planning)
  • Feb. 10 – NYU, speaker, private staff training meeting via webinar (Words, Words, Words)
  • Feb. 23 – Lancaster Story Slam, theme: social media (video)
  • Feb. 25 – ABC (WHTM)’s Good Day PA live appearance
  • March 15 – Brandywine Valley Writers Group (West Chester), speaker
  • March 30-April 3 – AWP Annual Conference (Los Angeles), exhibitor for Hippocampus and Wilkes/Etruscan Press
  • April 8 – The Tom Bigler High School Journalism Conference at Wilkes University
  • April 11 – Wilkes University Department of Communication Studies, various talks
  • April 26 – Lancaster Story Slam, theme: respect (video)
  • June 9 – Fear No Lit Reading Series (Dogstar Books, Lancaster, Pa.), featured reader (creative nonfiction)
  • June 12-15 – Elements Web Conference at Penn State (presenting at two sessions: storytelling and writing for the web)
  • July 15-16 – WP Campus, Sarasota, Florida (session on storytelling)
  • June 18-24 – Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Programs’ summer residency – plenary session on web and social media to build author platform + social consultations by appointment.
  • July 26 – Lancaster Story Slam, host; theme: career opportunities
  • Aug. 12-14 – HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers – organizer, host, emcee, moderator
  • Oct. 8 – Push to Publish, from Philadelphia Stories at Rosemont College
  • Oct. 16-19 – Higher Ed Web 2016, Memphis, Tenn. (post-conference workshop on storytelling)
  • Nov. 4 – Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCAD) – content workshop
  • Nov. – Lancaster Story Slam, Grand Slam judge



Donna speaking in lecture hall at NEPA blog con 2015

Presenting about Words, Words, Words at NEPA BlogCon 2015. Photo courtesy of NEPA Scene.


  • Nov. 15, 2015 – Third Point Press’ Adult Spelling Bee – Tellus 360 – contestant
  • Oct. 17, 2015 – Moore College of Art & Design – Women in the Arts Leadership Conference – speaking on personal branding for professional success
  • Oct. 20, 2015: Columbus, Ohio chapter of National Nonfiction Authors Association meeting – postponed until 2016
  • Oct. 25, 2015 – Elizabethtown College, Career Services’ Senior Career Transition Conference – speaking on using LinkedIn and social to make connections – postponed until spring 2016 semester
  • Oct. 4-7 – HighEdWeb annual conference, attending/committee member; presenting three-hour-long pre-conference workshop, Words, Words, Words.
  • Oct. 10 – Philadelphia Stories Push to Publish Conference – speed-dating editor and creative nonfiction panelist
  • Sept. 12, NEPA BlogCon, East Stroudsburg, Pa. – “Words. Words. Words.”
  • August 7-9 – HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction, conference organizer – event host and panel moderator
  • July Lancaster Story Slam – “Boiling Point”
  • June 22-27, Wilkes University Creative Writing MFA Program 10th anniversary residency; reading creative nonfiction Sunday evening and creative nonfiction panelist
  • June 19-21, CASE Multimedia Workshop, Washington, D.C., presented “From Print to Screen: The Evolution of the Magazine” and served on social media panel
  • May – Lancaster Story Slam – “Road Trip” theme
  • May 16, 2015 – Pecha Kucha Lancaster #4, Tellus 360, Lancaster, Pa. – “Things I Underscored in 2014”
  • May 8, 2015 – Higher Ed Live – Social Media and the Web
  • May 6, 2015 – Lancaster Literary Guild creative nonfiction workshop, guest speaker in final class (requires registration in entire series)
  • April – Lancaster Story Slam – “Love Hurts” theme
  • April 7-11 – AWP in Minneapolis, exhibiting on behalf of Hippocampus Magazine
  • March – Lancaster Story Slam “Good Vibrations” theme
  • March 11 – CUPRAP Conference (co-presenter with Liz Braungard, Wendy Sheaffer and Danilo Yabut) – building an in-house, integrated creative team, Hershey, Pa.
  • Feb. 5 – Leadership Lancaster’s Leadership Advantage (co-presenter with Liz Braungard, repeated session) – integrated marketing, Lancaster, Pa.
  • January – Lancaster Story Slam – “Embarrassing Moments” theme
  • Jan. 24 – The Triangle’s Adult Spelling Bee, Lancaster, Pa.
2014 Appearances
2013 Appearances
2012 Appearances
2011 Appearances
2010 and Earlier

Available presentations/topics:

8088740322_1a1bd32f71_kI can tailor a presentation or workshop to fit almost any need, but I prefer to speak to small businesses, institutions of higher education and community-benefit organizations who are serious about digital/integrated marketing. I also speak to creative writing programs and literary groups and publishing organizations about running a magazine, social media for writers, personal branding for writers and writers’ websites and blogs.

These are just a few topics:

  • Social Media in Higher Education (broad or narrowed down to a specific niche)
  • Social Media in Crisis Communications
  • Storytelling in Higher Education
  • Creating Content that Sizzles
  • Writing Across Platforms
  • Building a Digital Identity
  • Social Media for Writers
  • Social Media and Public Relations
  • Writers’ Websites – Why You Need One
  • Becoming an Expert in Your Field
  • Freelance Writing While in College

Note that there were additional talks not included here, mostly guest-speaking engagements in classroom settings; for the sake of brevity, I focused the more recent entries on this page on conferences.