Mel Ryane is bringing her workshop, "From Page to Podium," to the IWWG after teaching it at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in New Mexico and the Women's Words Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.
In focusing on public speaking for writers, Mel will be drawing from her distinguished acting career on stage and screen in the U.S. and her native Canada. She has also worked as an acting and dialogue coach on film and TV projects, including the hit sitcom "Seinfeld," and taught presentation technique at the corporate level.
Mel was accepted into the Directing Workshop for Women at the prestigious American Film Institute, where she directed her short film, "Stepping on the Cracks." She also wrote a sitcom pilot that was optioned in Canada, and wrote and directed a play for the du Maurier World Stage Festival.
Her memoir, "Teaching Will: What Ten Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't" and first novel, "Nobody's Dolly," have secured literary representation. She is currently in revision on her second novel, "A Novel Class."
An avid blogger, Mel writes about her volunteering experiences at "Teaching Will" and about her travels around the world at "On Location." Both can be found at www.melryane.com.