Since becoming an author and writing coach I’ve given talks and run workshops to thousands of people all over the world.
If you would like me to give a talk or run a workshop at your workplace, organisation, school or college I’d love to hear from you.
Here are some of the topics I speak on…
- Making Friends with Failure: turning setbacks into success (see video below)
- Dare to Write: turning your writing dreams into a reality
- Finding the Plot: how to craft a story or novel
- Story Selling: the power of storytelling as a marketing and sales tool
I’m also more than happy to tailor a workshop or talk to your unique needs.
Making Friends with Failure
In 2017 I was invited to give a FED talk on overcoming failure at the BBC, following an article I’d written on the subject for the Guardian.
The talk got such a positive response that, in 2018, I decided to take it on tour.
If you feel your workplace, organisation or college could benefit from a workshop or talk on overcoming failure and how to turn setbacks into success, please get in touch via the CONTACT form below.
You can read my article on overcoming failure on the Guardian website here.
Watch me giving the Making Friends with Failure talk at Inspiring Talks Brighton…
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your talk on making friends with failure. Many people were talking about it in the office for days after. It really got us thinking. Inspiring.” Kayleigh Keam, CBeebies, Children’s BBC
‘Siobhan was a superb speaker on the Literacy Live stage at this year’s Victorious music festival – she brought a lot of energy to the stage and quickly engaged the audience with her heartfelt stories and sense of fun on how to harness creativity and how to make the most of every chance you have to write and create. She was amazing!’ Esther Harris, Bookollective
‘I have had the good fortune to work with Siobhan Curham on two occasions this academic year. As Director of Research within the School of Literature and languages I organise a number of annual events for our postgraduate students in Literature and Creative Writing, one of which was a symposium on the concept of ‘Ghosting’ which took place on the 8 October 2018 in collaboration with the Guildford Book Festival. I invited Siobhan to speak on her work as a ghost writer, and was so impressed by her that I asked her to speak again at a recent careers event held for our MA and Level 6 students on the 29 April 2019. Siobhan is not only a talented, award-winning writer, but also a wonderful motivational speaker. She combines her wide knowledge of the publishing and media industry with a warm personality and open demeanour that made these events both inspiring and accessible for our students. What I particularly liked about Siobhan’s talks was her willingness to share not only the pleasure of her successes, but also to give advice on those moments of perceived personal failure as a writer that may seem insurmountable, but can be springboards for innovative approaches to writing. Given that so many students in Higher Education suffer from the pressures to achieve academic and/or financial success, Siobhan’s positivity and perspective make her an excellent role model and her practical advice on writing and the vagaries of the industry, gleaned from a long career as a published novelist, journalist, media guest, and speaker at schools, universities, national and international literary festivals, make her a natural tutor. I recommend her highly and without reservation.’ Patricia Pulham, Professor of Victorian Literature, University of Surrey
‘Siobhan’s speech at Inspiring Talks Brighton was called Making Friends with Failure. It was brilliantly crafted with a wonderful flow to it that kept us all engaged right through until the end. She took us on a journey through her own failures and low points and then excited us with the hope of what can happen when we keep moving forwards. Her speech ended beautifully with some very valuable takeaways. She is, without a doubt, a natural speaker, with effortless delivery but most importantly she’s very entertaining.’ Sally Garozzo, Founder, Inspiring Talks Brighton
“I was truly inspired by your talk and your journey.”Tee Cee, TV vlogger, journalist, author
“Inspirational stuff!”Alexander Harris, BBC Radio Producer
‘We have discovered a gem in Siobhan Curham. She kept her audience of 450 students mesmerized with her formula of “How to write a great story” and “How to create a great life” and would now be our number one author to go to for a workshop or talk.’ Nessie Mason, Hay Festival
‘I was delighted to be hosting Siobhan’s interactive True Face presentation at this year’s Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. Siobhan encouraged young women and girls to participate in a thought provoking workshop focusing on how they themselves can create happy and fulfilling lives. This was supported by Siobhan’s popular book, True Face, which covers the issues that these young girls worry about eg. social media, body image, finding real friendships. It was an informative and practical talk designed to help them overcome the pressures placed on them by society to be something they are not. Siobhan provided good advice on how they can overcome these fears and insecurities and identify their passions and strengths. An inspirational session – thank you.’ Jeremy Lewis – Patron, Cheltenham Festivals
‘Siobhan Curham visited Epsom College to address 60+ pupils to discuss her life’s journey as a writer, coach and speaker. She shared some useful techniques on encouraging young women to simply be the best they can be. The workshop focused on pride, inner strength, courage, facing adversity, being creative and confident and the importance of sharing things with people you value. Goal setting and achieving your dreams in stages were also explored. It was certainly well-received by the girls, who returned to the houses buzzing with ideas, inspiration and a new fresh perception of how to see their teenage world in preparation for their futures.’Helen Keevil, Head of Personal & Social Development, Epsom College
‘Siobhan Curham worked with Centrepoint between June and July 2012, running a series of workshops aimed at inspiring and empowering young people to write creatively. From the outset, Siobhan engaged the group, working with the mix of personalities and ensuring everyone had a say. Each young person was encouraged to draw from their own experiences making the pieces very personal, powerful testaments, particularly considering the backgrounds of the individuals the charity works with. Always looking to the future, Siobhan focused on the group’s dreams and aspirations as inspiration and brought the series to a close with a final competition available through her website Siobhan went on to mentor the winner of the competition, with stunning results. The resident and Siobhan developed a great working relationship, whereby Siobhan would set weekly exercises for her completion, on top of which the young person was able to secure a work experience placement at a children’s publishing company through Siobhan’s contacts. Siobhan was professional, warm, friendly, boundaried and carried out excellent work with the young people at Centrepoint and comes highly recommended.’ Teresa Redman, Assessment and Training Officer, Centrepoint
‘From the start of her fascinating talks as part of the Sharjah Reading Festival, Siobhan captured the audience’s attention – teen boys and girls and the staff. With her natural rapport she with them so successfully that they were willing to share their dreams in public, which takes courage and confidence.”Corrine Gotch, Sharjah Reading Festival
Get in touch
If you’d like me to give a talk or run a workshop for you simply complete the contact form below…