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Speaking and Teaching

Do you need a plenary speaker, presenter, moderator, workshop leader, or teacher for your next event?

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My collection of personal essays, All the Colors We Will See, revolves around themes of race, immigration, and belonging. I’d love to come to your event and speak about these themes.

I'm also passionate about topics related to the power of telling personal stories.


  • Our Stories Matter: the Importance of Personal Storytelling

  • Identity: Finding the Stories that Form Us

  • Making Space for Story

Teaching Writing

  • The Basics of Compelling Personal Essays

  • The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Social Change

  • Transforming Essays into a Book

  • Honoring One Another as We Write Across Culture and Race

And so much more! Just ask about the possibilities.

Topics can be tailored to both large and small group settings in places as varied as classrooms, conferences, churches, and corporations.

Additionally, I love to facilitate workshops where participants identify their stories and share those stories with others.


Patrice shines a brighter light on the power of self-discovery and engaging the creative balance of academics and life experience.
Elizabeth Lopez, Making Space for Story attendee

Patrice is a talented speaker. She had a great message and presence. Her talk at ConocoPhillips provided a practical way to inspire and foster an inclusive workplace. People were talking about the presentation for weeks afterwards.
— Vanessa Angel, Making Space for Story attendee

It's amazing how Patrice touches upon the most challenging topics and teaches us how to write about them with such ease, comfort and joy, like it were an ordinary, every day task!
— Surabhi Kaushik, student

I am very impressed with Patrice’s preparation. She is a very natural teacher, and she is one of our most popular guest presenters to date.
—Pam Turner, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library


To Raise a Child on S2 | E4 of the 1stGens podcast

Our Stories Matter at CityChurch

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This is just a small sampling of what I can bring to your next event. For additional information and rates, please email me here.

I’d love to connect with you about your event needs. I look forward to hearing from you.