“A.C. is a great speaker with audience rapport. He takes a topic that can be stressful and lead to hesitancy and makes it seem possible and doable.”
-Suvarna Anderson, Anderson Accounting Group

To view a PDF of available classes and workshops, click A.C. Fuller Presentation Topics. Or just browse below.

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A) Media and Journalism Topics–for college students, interested adults, and senior groups

  1. The History of Media in 30 minutes: From Thucydides to the Internet

640px-Albion_Press,_1830s_woodcut_by_George_BaxterThis is a fast-paced introductory talk that will offer attendees a basic understanding of the major developments in the history of media, and how they affected news and information.

Topics covered:

  • Early journalist-historians
  • The invention of the printing press
  • The first newspapers
  • The developments of film, radio, and television
  • Who Invented the Internet?
  • The impact of digital media on news

Time: 30 minutes, plus Q and A

 

  1. Media Law and Ethics in the Digital Age

1660_blk_19329_zoomAlmost everyone now has the tools to be an amateur journalist: a camera phone, a blog, and the ability to gather information and form an opinion. But many don’t understand that the laws that apply to traditional journalists apply to citizen-journalists as well. And many fail to understand the ethical guidelines many journalists live by.

Topics covered:

  • Libel and defamation on the Internet
  • Newsgathering laws and privacy rights
  • First Amendment rights

Time: 45-60 minutes plus Q and A

 

  1. What We Can Learn from Great Journalism Films–A.C. Fuller and Independent Journalist Jennifer Karchmer

120px-35mm_movie_negativeThis presentation will use clips from classic journalism films such as All the President’s Men, Good Night and Good Luck, and Absence of Malice to discuss issues such as:

  • The use of anonymous sources
  • Media responsibility
  • Relationships with sources
  • Harm caused by bad reporting

Time: 90-120 minutes

 

“Your outline was excellent and your comments evince a depth and perception unusual in a successful male writer…You have marvelous enthusiasm and energy …Your humor was delightful.”
-Gail M. Shackel

 

B) Writing Topics–for aspiring writers, college students, and experienced writers who need a boost

  1. One Year, One Book: From Concept to Finished Book in 12 Months

Writing Classes copyThis class is designed for aspiring writers struggling to complete their first book as well as more-experienced writers who want to improve their productivity. We will discus how to:

  • Make time to write in the midst of your busy life
  • Balance “inspiration” and “perspiration”
  • Work through procrastination and the inner critic
  • Plan and track your work so you can finish your book this year.

Time: 90-120 Minutes

 

  1. The Five Stages of Editing: Taking Your Book From First Draft to Submission

cc_red_pen_editIn this class I discuss why a deeper understanding of the editing process can help us write faster and more freely. I also lay out an efficient, five-step process that will help writers do their best work before submitting to agents or self-publishing. The Five Stages of Editing are:

  1. Relaxing
  2. Reading
  3. Restructuring
  4. Rewriting
  5. Refining

Time: 90-120 minutes

  1. Write Your Memoir: An Introductory Class

LJIZlzHgQ7WPSh5KVTCB_Typewriter-1Designed for writers who want to tell a piece of their life story, but don’t know where to start. In this class, we will explore:

  • The difference between memoir and autobiography
  • How to decide what portion of your life to write about
  • The basics of character arc and memoir structure
  • How to develop a writing practice and write your memoir 

Time: 90-120 minutes 

   4. Write Faster. Write Better. Have More Fun: Hack Your Writing Life to Increase Productivity and Decrease Suffering

1020206_21165810Aspiring writers study the craft, but not the process, of writing. Though advice is easy to come by—”write every day” or “don’t listen to the inner critic”—most have a hard time actually living these lessons. Many talented writers are stifled by unexamined assumptions and unhealthy habits that decrease efficiency, limit creativity, and bleed the joy out of writing. In this class, we will:

  • Explore how to fit writing into a busy family and work life
  • Discuss how to balanceinspiration and perspiration in a writing project
  • List the five forms of procrastination and how to work with them
  • Explain how the “inner critic” keeps us from writing the books we really want to write
  • Demonstrate how an understanding of the revision process can free the creative mind
  • Explore how meditation can increase writing productivity and creativity
  • List dozens of tools, apps, and “life-hacks” that improve the life of the modern writer

Time: 90-120 minutes

 

C) Book Clubs

slide2A.C. is available to speak about his debut novel, The Anonymous Source, and will happily combine a book club appearance with any of the above talks. The subject matter of the book ties in especially well with his short talk, “The History of the Media in 30 Minutes.”