All topics can be tailored to any location; Stephanie creates new presentations for each venue and audience.

All presentations can be accompanied by a slide presentation or without (depending upon the venue’s technological capabilities).

Motivational Speeches

  • Art for Life: Lessons from Art and Storytelling: apply lessons from art and storytelling to improve your life, motivation, and career. Lessons from my career as a bestselling novelist, passionate art historian and award-winning national television producer applied to your life and business
  • Find Your Genius: Learn from the greatest artists in history (the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Gaudi, Picasso, Dali, Monet, Cezanne, Pollock, O’Keeffe) of how to tap into your own genius and apply your creativity and personal voice to any project
  • Michelangelo’s Keys to Overcoming Obstacles: Michelangelo Buonarroti is perhaps the best known example of a troubled, pained artist. Learn from his life and approach of how to overcome your own agonies and achieve your own kind of ecstasy in life and work
  • Dream Like Da Vinci: We’ve all heard of thinking like Da Vinci, but really, if we could all tap into the power of dreaming like Leonardo, our world would be a more creative and interesting place. You’ll learn tips on how to see the world like Leonardo and perhaps become a Renaissance Person, too
  • Modern-Day Renaissance: I believe we are in the middle of a new Renaissance and that we all have the potential to become the next Renaissance Man or Woman of our age. Learn how to apply the lessons from the great Renaissance masters to our own age… and become a Modern-Day Renaissance Person.

For Museums

  • Art History Presentation focusing on rivalry between Michelangelo and Leonardo and the art of the Italian Renaissance
    • Can be tailored, specifically, to any museum collection or exhibit. Connections to any kind of art/presentation makes Italian Renaissance Art relevant to any collection — Modern American, Asian, Folk Art, South American, Indian… and any collection in between
  • Creation of Art Presentation (Or Making Artists Human)
    • For museums, galleries or exhibits who want to focus on the process of creating art — on making artists human, a major theme of Oil and Marble.
  • Science/Technology Presentation: Leonardo the Scientist
    • Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most brilliant scientific minds in history; this presentation brings Leonardo’s scientific mind to life

For Schools
(all talks have varying degrees of difficulty — appropriate for 3rd graders through college students)

  • Art History Presentation: Michelangelo versus Leonardo da Vinci
    • Underlying Theme: By learning from these two Renaissance masters, you too can achieve greatness
  • Creative Writing Presentation: The process of writing and publishing a novel
    • Great for English students or any group of students who need to be inspired to learn to write (and revise) well
  • Hollywood Presentation: The truth about working in Hollywood
    • For broadcasting, drama, theater, or writing students. Also appropriate for any age or any combination of students.
  • Combination — combine any or all of the above
    • By combining art, writing and/or broadcasting students, usually Q&A leads to an interesting mix of questions… Art feeds writing feeds broadcasting…

Writing Workshops

  • “Serving Story”
    • An overview of lessons from art history, screenwriting, acting, directing and how each of these subjects helped me — and can help other writers — craft better stories
  • “Conquering the Novel”
    • Many writers want to write a novel, but they are daunted by how to conquer something so long and unwieldy. This workshop will help writers develop a plan for writing and FINISHING their novel
  • “Acting for Writers”
    • Breaking down lessons from acting to help writers create better dialogue, character action, motivations, and stories
    • Perfect for any writer who wants to go deeper into character, but who does not want to study acting/get up on stage
  • “The Art of Writing”
    • Lessons from Art and Art History. How the visual arts can teach all of us to tell better stories
  • “Historical Fiction”
    • Overview of the issues specifically facing Historical Fiction writers: how to organize research, questions of artistic license vs. “fact”, avoiding stilted dialogue while being true to the time period, etc
  • “Writing with Research”
    • Delves deep into the issues surrounding research — historical or any research — involved in writing fiction or non-fiction. How to organize, choose sources, what to cut to keep the story moving, etc.











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