Speaking and Teaching

I’m currently an adjunct professor at LIM College in New York City, teaching undergraduates about journalism and new media. I also offer multiple writing workshops and author visits for students of all ages. I’m also happy to develop a custom workshop or proposal based on your needs!

To arrange a book-related in-person or virtual speaking engagement, please view my SPEAKING PROFILE and contact Authors OutLoud:


Christie Hinrichs, Authors OutLoud

christie@authorsunbound.com | (541) 797-2217

For teaching opportunities not related to my books, please reach out to me directly via my contact page.

Current Workshop Offerings:

Muhammad Najem And The Story Of Syria

Focusing on the story behind Muhammad NajemWar Reporter, I’ll introduce young readers to Muhammad through his original videos when he was 13 years old, through to the story of how I met him, his incredible bravery in reporting on Syria, and finally how we wrote our book together. I’ll show behind-the-scenes videos and drafts of the graphic novel, and will include a special video message from Muhammad!

Inside The Wonderful World Of Graphic Novels

Using Muhammad Najem, War Reporter as a guide, I’ll walk students through the process of writing a graphic novel. Yes, WRITING! You might think of graphic novels as primarily art-based, but the stories behind your favorites still need words to come to life. I’ll show students the evolution of the graphic novel “script” through edits through to sketches, inks, and colors, and inspire them to create their own.

This talk is somewhat based on this popular Substack post: https://noraneus.substack.com/p/how-do-you-write-a-graphic-novel

**This can also be done as a workshop or with a workshop add-on, in which I can walk students through writing the first page of their graphic novel from scratch and/or provide feedback and criticism on a few pages of their original graphic novels.

Journey Through Journalism

This presentation introduces students to journalism concepts, with examples from Muhammad Najem, War Reporter and my own career as an Emmy-nominated journalist including stories from my reporting in Ukraine and in local news. This presentation can also touch on news literacy concepts, including what is “fake news” and how to spot it, and how to be an informed news consumer, which can complement thee news literacy standard recently added to the Common Core standards.

**Note: This can also be aimed at teachers and parents as a development activity to discuss how to teach news literacy and journalism, even to younger students.

**Note: This could also be a workshop or have a workshop addition with a school newspaper, yearbook or TV station, or a journalism class. I could either walk students through the creation of a new article/piece, enabling them to walk out of the room with a piece of journalism, or can provide feedback and criticism on some of their existing projects.