Speaking

Gail Gaymer Martin at podium

Gail is a popular trained and experienced speaker for women’s groups in churches, civic organizations and business organizations She is also a well-known workshop presenter at conferences, libraries, bookstores, and book fairs across the US. Her fees depend upon the speaking venue, length of program and her responsibilities, but she is willing to help you stay within your budget. Engagements that are not local will require travel and lodging expenses. She is willing to tailor a program for your needs. Gail will bring her books for purchase and enjoys autographing them for those interested.

Please contact Gail for more information or to schedule a program for your club, group, church program or conference. Contact Gail at: gail@gailgaymermartin.com.

Topics for Women’s Church Groups and Special Programs
Seasonal Programs of the Church Year
Programs for Women’s Civic and Business Organizations
Programs for Libraries and Book Fairs
Workshops for Writers Conferences or Writers Meetings
Workshops Outside the Craft of Writing Fiction
Endorsements

Topics for Women’s Church Groups and Special Programs

Gail Gaymer Martin at podiumFor Everything There is a Season: Embracing the seasons of our lives, and learning how to grow as a woman of grace.

Finding Faith in Fiction: What does faith have to do with fiction? Fiction can heal hearts and touch lives through the compelling stories of believable people with real-life issues who have been touched by God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Spring Cleaning Your Heart and Mind: Excellent for a Lenten talk, but appropriate anytime, this presentation is a self-examination and cleansing our hearts and minds for the season of forgiveness and repentance.

Making Your Dreams Come True: Dreams fall by the wayside as life takes over. Women become wives and mothers and dreams fade and interests end as they dedicate time to family, friends, work, church, and civic organizations. But what about the dream? Dreams can come true, and you will learn eight steps to success.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up: An evening to meet the author of inspirational romance. Learn how inspirational fiction opens wonderful reading opportunities for Christian women who want to read tender, chaste stories of love and relationships. Hearing the amazing second career walk of an author. How she got there and what happened then.

Being A Woman of Grace: In a busy, work-filled life—spread thin by family, work, church, and life, how can a woman take time to find her place in God’s plan. How can she give and still be fulfilled? How can she be a woman of passion and grace? A program that celebrates the uniqueness of each of us.

Our Dreams, God’s Blessings: Blessings happen in God’s timing, not our own. We wait with patience for his leading and while we wait we use the eight P’s (persuasion preparation, planning, practice, polishing, perseverance, patience, prayer) to guide us to reaching our dream.

The Sun Above the Clouds: Life doesn’t always provide sunshine. Sometimes we face rain, sometimes storms. Does God really hear our prayers? What can we learn from our troubles, and how can we understand and grow in faith?

Writing Real for the Christian Market: Understanding what it takes to write for CBA by addressing current issues from a Christian worldview, writing true to God’s Word, writing from your passion and your gifts, writing from life experiences, and writing with respect to publishers and readers.

Seasonal Programs of the Church Year

Gail Gaymer Martin speakingLet Your Light Shine: Appropriate for an Advent presentation such as Advent by Candlelight, this talk explains the historical and biblical meanings of the season of Advent and understanding its full impact as we approach Christmas. The topic ties into Gail’s ministry of fiction writing.

Advent—A Time of Expectation: Advent is a time of excitement, preparation, waiting, but it is also a time of repentance and forgiveness. Learn how to look into our own hearts to find all that God expects.

Our Light in the Darkness: During the preparation for Christmas, Advent is a time of preparation. As we light the Advent candles, we remember that Jesus is our light in the darkness and we as his children are commanded to share that light with the world.

Angels Among Us: Christmas was heralded by the angels, and before that Joseph and Mary were visited by angels. Many people have felt their lives touched by guardian angels, but let us not forget that we, too, can be angels in the lives of others.

Amazing Grace: Appropriate for a Lenten presentation, the audience will learn about the message of Lent in God’s plan of salvation, the humanness of Christ, our role as witnesses and workers for the Lord. Gail’s details God’s amazing grace as He touches her ministry of fiction writing.

Being Unique—Woman of Grace: A perfect topic for Advent or anytime. What can a woman do to find her place in God’s plan? How can she give and still be fulfilled? How can she be a woman of passion and grace? Like snowflakes, learn about your unique God-given gifts and how to find your own identity as you serve the Lord.

Programs for Women’s Civic and Business Organizations

Meet the Author: An evening or afternoon to meet an award-winning author. Learn how she got started and where her career has led her. What lessons has she learned? What are the truths and myths of being an author? Laugh and learn about the day in the life of a writer. Time for Q and As.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up: An evening to meet the author of inspirational romance. Learn how inspirational fiction opens wonderful reading opportunities for Christian women who want to read tender, chaste stories of love and relationships. Hearing the amazing second career walk of an author. How she got there and what happened then.

Making Your Dreams Come True: Dreams fall by the wayside as life takes over. Women become wives and mothers and dreams fade and interests end as they dedicate time to family, friends, work, church, and civic organizations. But what about the dream? Dreams can come true, and you will learn eight steps to success.

Finding Faith in Fiction: What does faith have to do with fiction? Fiction can heal hearts and touch lives through the compelling stories of believable people with real-life issues who have been touched by God’s love, mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Programs for Libraries and Book Fairs

Becoming a published author: A presentation to explain the ins and outs of becoming a published author. Where to begin? What does it take? What are the trials and rewards? What not to do and what to do. Time for Q and As.

What Is a Novel in a Nutshell: What aspects go into writing a novel? What are the major elements and how to develop them? Where can a writer go for help? Who are editors and agents? What is publishable and what probably isn’t? Time for Q & As.

Writing Christian Romance: This workshop covers the basic elements of novel writing especially focused on novels with a Christian worldview. Sensual tension (awareness, curiosity, and attraction) is explained and how it differs from physical attraction. Finally, a list of rules is explained for Christian romance writing.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up: A humorous and insightful presentation on writing as a career. Provides eight tips toward success in any career.

Making Your Dreams Come True: A humorous and thoughtful presentation on staying focused on goals and not giving up dreams. Tips on what it takes to be successful.

Workshops for Writers Conferences or Writers Meetings

Gail Gaymer Martin at podium

Some workshops are interactive and all provide handouts.

Deepen Story and Grab Readers: This workshop covers techniques to deepen POV and characterization so a third person story becomes as intimate as a first person novel. Methods of using more intimate details through dialogue, introspection and emotions. Methods of heightening the story are explained through plotting and pacing.

Writing Christian Romance: This workshop covers the basic elements of novel writing especially focused on inspirational romance. Elements such as developing setting, character, and plot are covered, as well as an explanation of the four ways the reader learns about character: narration/description, dialogue, introspection, and action/reaction. Sensual tension (awareness, curiosity, and attraction) is explained and how it differs from physical attraction. Finally, a list of specific rules for romance writing is reviewed.

Writing Christian Fiction: (Ususlly from 3 to 4 hours needed for this topic.)This workshop covers the basic elements of novel writing. Elements such as developing setting, character, plot and pacing are covered, along with techniques to develop conflict and tension that draws out emotion in the reader. Special techniques for avoiding the sagging middle is also stressed.

Writing Romantic Suspense: This workshop details how to write a page-turning suspense novel while balancing it with the romantic elements. Details on ticking bomb and jack-in-the box methods; how to create effective settings, compelling characters, red herrings and the source, pattern, and writing style of suspense.

How Do I Know Thee? Let Me Count The Ways . . .: Writers begin with “stick figures,” then make characters into believable and compelling individuals. This workshop covers techniques to create characters and the five ways readers learn characterization: physical description, mannerisms, dialogue, action/reaction, and introspection

Creating Compelling Characters in believable plots: This workshop covers the elements of backstory as it affects the present, how to use a characterization work sheet, and the importance of creating believable character flaws, goals, motivation, and conflict in romance, then how these elements create compelling, believable plots and subplots.

Action-Packed Writing: Active writing is a technique to help write grabbing and action-packed stores. This workshop covers five major problems cause passive writing: inactive verbs or verbs in the wrong tense, vague nouns rather than descriptive, redundancies, deadwood phrases, and predicate nominatives and adjectives

Backstory That Works: Backstory is a character’s unwanted past baggage that causes him or her guilt, fear, shame, distrust and a multitude of other problems that create the story’s major conflicts. Backstory creates motivation, goals and conflict for the main characters and mold the character into an individual with certain traits and attitudes. This workshop presents how to create dynamic backstory and how to use it effectively.

A Sagging Middle and What To Do About It: Writers often know how they will begin and end a story, but what happens in the 50-110K in the middle? This workshop deals with techniques to enhance the middle of a novel, to keep a story moving ahead, and deepen the plot so that the story doesn’t sag.

Writing A Page-Turner: This workshop will cover the techniques to hook readers and make a novel a page-turner. Techniques will be described using examples. Special techniques creating grabbing openings and compelling chapter endings.

Using Good Senses: This workshop will demonstrate how to create more vivid fiction by using all of the senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, plus motion. Illustrations and handouts. Interactive.

Hooking the Reader: This workshop explains the importance of pacing and maintaining suspense. Pacing relates to the story’s action and movement. Like a roller coaster, rising and falling, the author creates the unexpected, tension, and hints of things to come. Plot hooks are vital to keeping the reader interested and turning pages.

Creating Real Emotions: Compelling, believe characters have flaws and emotions. This workshop the explains the complexity of emotion and demonstrates how emotion is seen through body action, dialogue, and internal thoughts. Writers will learn to create fresh, creative ways to show emotion. Interactive with handouts.

Seeing Is Believing—Point of View: This workshop covers the use of character point of view (POV) in inspirational romance. The appropriate number of POVs, deciding whose POV should be used, and the dos and don’ts of POV. The track also covers a developed study at how readers learn about characters through narration/description, dialogue, introspection, and action/reaction, as well as understanding the appropriate uses of showing and telling.

Common Writing Problems: Ridding a manuscript of common writing problems is the first step toward getting published. This workshop covers common writing problems and tips on how to fix them.

Pulling Together the Pieces: This workshop covers developing story ideas: using life experiences and “what if” to create plots, and then how to gather information and keep track of the details: using character charts, tourist information, floor plans and town plats, pictures of characters, and techniques to organize it all.

Using Poetic Elements in Fiction: This workshop explains the enhancement of poetic language in fiction and demonstrates how to use it to create mood, flow, and beauty by using elements such as personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, similes and metaphors. Participants also will learn to use these element to devise themes or motifs in fiction.

Workshops Outside the Craft of Writing Fiction

Techniques of Promotion: This workshop will cover methods an author can use to enhance the publishers promotion from no cost to low cost methods.

The Drama of God’s Word: This workshop will cover how to use Bible stories and lessons to create humorous or serious skits and short plays to use in churches and church schools. It will cover different formats, purposes, seasonal opportunities, formats, research, preparing manuscripts and marketing.

Basics of Public Speaking: This workshop will cover elements of speaking before a group, such as: speaking styles and content, eye contact, gestures, vocal techniques, and forms of presentation.

Endorsements

Gail Martin has received highest praise from attendees at the Blue Ridge writers conference. Her best-selling, award-winning published books attest to her ability. Attendees benefit from her speaking, teaching, knowledge of writing, her willingness to share, her caring attitude, and are inspired by the sincere sharing of her faith in God. She is a lovely, capable person.
Yvonne Lehman, Director, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
It was a delight and pleasure to have Gail Martin minister to the women of our church thru her knowledge of the word of God and life experiences. The women were captivated by the way she was able to effectively communicate her words in a beautiful way. There was a peace that penetrated the women. I highly recommend Gail to speak for any women’s group. She can truly relate to women and to the members of the body of Christ.
Peggy Julian, Director of the Great Lakes District of the International Fellowship Christian Assembly
In February, 2006 we had the honor of having Gail Gaymer Martin as our guest speaker at our annual Women’s Retreat. “Spring Cleaning Your Heart & Mind” was an eye opener or some may say a reality check. The way Gail walked us through various parts of the house; the corners of the walls (cobwebs), the closets, etc. you truly realized how much “filth” has built up and most importantly how it can be swept or dusted away with the love of our Lord. Having her at our event was a spiritually uplifting experience and she did it with grace and humor. We listened, we laughed, we cried, we bonded, and we grew in the love for ourselves, each other and the Lord. Gail Gaymer Martin is a top-notch speaker and a woman of great faith.
Laura Gourley,  St. John’s Lutheran Church Women’s Retreat Co-Chair
I am pleased to recommend Gail Martin as a Christian Women Speaker. In addition to being a prolific author with many novels, skits and plays to her credit, Gail has been a sought-after speaker. She has spoken all over the US, both as a workshop presenter and keynote speaker. Recent engagements have included speeches at Redeemer Lutheran, Jackson, MI, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Royal Oak, MI, American Business Women’s Assn in Clarkston, MI. Whether speaking to Christian or civic organizations, her faith in the Lord is always a part of her talk. I am sure that she will be a credit to your organization, as she is to our church.
Rev. Thomas A. Scherger, Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Royal Oak, MI
Gail Gaymer Martin effectively shares Jesus in her speaking, and reminds us that He did His best teaching through stories (parables). She uses her storytelling abilities to show the listener that God can be well served through the fiction genre! She is a multitalented, multi-topical speaker, and I wholeheartedly endorse her for your next event.
Peggy Bennitt, Director of Women’s Ministries at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Jackson, MI
Gail Martin came to our women’s meeting as a highly motivated, well prepared and well organized speaker. She tells her story about the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the many Christian novels and romance novels that she has written. She gladly shares her own story of personal salvation in her motivational talk. We highly recommend her as a speaker.
Mary Nahhat, United Methodist Women, Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, Royal Oak, MI