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Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


Dr. MaryAnn's Speaking Schedule

une 19-21, 2012

Dr. MaryAnn will be teaching at the St. Davids Christian Writers' Conference
from June 19-21, 2012. For more info, click here.

Are you looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, Spirit-filled speaker for an upcoming event? Look no farther.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio offers four series of seminars: the TopNotch Living Seminar Series, the Workshops for Writers Seminar Series, the Small Business Seminar Series, and the School Visit Series.

Popular speaker, award-winning author, and graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services), Dr. MaryAnn offers a variety of workshops and seminars to meet the needs of your group. Each seminar runs approximately 60 minutes. Seminars can be booked singly or in groups of two to six. Half-day programs may include two or three seminars. Whole-day programs may include five or six seminars.

To book Dr. MaryAnn for a speaking engagement, please call (856) 488-0366 or send an email to A Speaker’s Packet will be sent to you upon request.

Topics in the Workshops for Writers Series
(Suitable for Writers’ Workshops, Seminars, or Conferences)

Creating Unforgettable Short Story Characters (60 minutes)
When you think of your favorite short stories, what do you remember most? Usually the characters, right? Characters are the core of a good short story. In this workshop, you will learn how to create short story characters that come alive on your page and jump right into the hearts of your readers.

Short Story Fiction Essentials (60 minutes)
This class will cover the basics of what you need to know to write excellent short stories. We will cover characterization, plot, and setting. We will also explore the techniques of some of the best short story writers.

Getting Started in Writing (60 minutes)
Have you always wanted to become a writer but don’t know where to start? Then start right here with this basic seminar for beginners. You will learn what it takes to be a writer, how to get started, and how to develop a writing career that touches lives while giving you the fulfillment you’re looking for.

Life Management for Writers (60 minutes)
Artistic people often struggle with setting priorities and organizing their lives. In this exciting workshop, we will learn ways to manage your life in such a way that you will be more productive and successful in your writing and in every area of your life.

The Basics of Article Writing (60 minutes)
In this seminar, you will learn the three elements of a good article, how to analyze a good article, how to develop a powerful lead, how to tailor your article to a publication’s needs, and how to submit your manuscript for publication.

Writing for Magazines (60 minutes)
Would you like to touch millions of readers through your writing? Then magazine writing may be for you. In this class, we will discuss where to get ideas, how to develop them, how to write a query letter, how to structure your article, how to format your manuscript, and how to find the right market for your work.

Writing Short Stories for Children (60 minutes)
Have you always wanted to write short stories for children but do not know where to start? If so, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to find a story idea, how to focus it, how to create the one-sentence summary, how to develop the three-part story structure, how to create dramatic tension, and how to create well-rounded characters. You will also learn the basics of marketing your short stories to a publisher.

Writing Non-Fiction for Children (60 minutes)
Are you an expert in a particular field? If not an expert, are you fascinated by a certain topic and would love to research it? Then you have the makings of a non-fiction writer for children. Non-fiction is the fastest growing children’s market. In this workshop you will learn how to find ideas, how to research a non-fiction article or book, how to organize your piece, how to write a query letter, and how to prepare your manuscript for submission to a publisher.

Writing the Personal Experience Article (60 minutes)
Turn your life experiences into articles that touch lives. This workshop will show you the goldmine of ideas hidden in your own life. It will show you how to tap into that goldmine to retrieve nuggets that can be shaped into powerful, personal experience articles of great impact.

Writing with Pizzazz! (60 minutes)
Learn how to write words that sparkle and captivate both editor and reader. Create articles and stories that rise to the top of the slush pile. In this hands-on session, we will explore the power of word pictures and how to create them.

Topics in the TopNotch Living Seminar Series on Life Issues
(Suitable for men’s and women’s groups, men’s and women’s breakfasts, mother-daughter events, father-son events, church-related functions, business meetings and events, civic groups, etc.)

Finding Your Life Purpose (60 minutes)
God has given everyone a song to sing. Many people, however, die without ever singing their song. Don’t let this happen to you! In this seminar, we’ll explore ways to discover your life purpose and practical steps you can take to fulfill that purpose.

Freeing the Woman (the Man) Within (60 minutes)
(Suitable for women’s breakfasts and mother/daughter events; men’s breaksfasts and father/son events)

Many women (men) are in bondage to lies that are keeping them from experiencing the abundant life that Christ died to give them. This seminar explores some of the most common lies that women (men) believe and shows them how to replace the lies with the truth of God’s Word.

Goal Setting for Mental and Spiritual Health (60 minutes)
Goals are the blueprints of life. People who set goals are generally healthier, happier, and more successful. This seminar explores Biblical reasons for setting goals and Biblical principles for achieving them.

Grasshoppers and Giants (60 minutes)
The way you think determines your success or failure in life. In this thought-provoking seminar, you will learn how failures (grasshoppers) think and how winners (giants) think. You will also learn specific strategies for thinking and acting like a Giant!

Growing Up in Christ (60 minutes)
Christ is coming back for a church “without spot or wrinkle.” In other words, He is coming back for a Bride who is spiritually mature. This seminar examines the dichotomy between the flesh and the spirit and discusses Biblical ways for subduing the flesh and living in the spirit.

Healing: the Children’s Bread (60 minutes)
God wants His children well. This seminar will cover Biblical principles for receiving healing and common hindrances to healing.

How to Receive from God (60 minutes)
Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) or to receive from Him. In this seminar you will learn what faith really is, how to acquire it, and how to use it effectively to produce the results you desire in your life.

It’s Time for Meat! (60 minutes)
Far too many Christians are stuck at the baby stage. This seminar shows believers how to become a mature Christian and to possess all that God has for them.

Making Your Marriage Work (60 minutes)
Based on Dr. Diorio’s book by the same title, this seminar addresses five Biblical principles for building a marriage “made in Heaven”.

Overcoming Fear and Worry (60 minutes)
We live in an age of heightened danger. This seminar will demonstrate how we can live in safety and peace in no matter what situation we find ourselves.

Parenting with Pizzazz! (60 minutes)
Parenting is an art. It is also a science subject to specific Biblical laws. This seminar will discuss the laws of parenting and provide practical suggestions for raising Godly children.

Selling Yourself On You: Discovering Who You Are in Christ (60 minutes)
Based on Dr. Diorio’s popular book, this seminar helps the believer understand his identity in Christ and the freedom that comes from that understanding.

The Blessings of Brokenness (60 minutes)
The end of one’s rope is a wonderful place to be for it is there that we come face to face with God and realize that He is all we really need.

The Lies We Believe (60 minutes)
Defeat comes from believing the lies of Satan. This seminar covers Biblical strategies for identifying those lies and replacing them with the truth of God’s Word.

The Overcoming Power of Faith (60 minutes)
Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). In this seminar you will learn what faith really is, how to acquire it, and how to use it effectively to produce the results you desire in your life.

Understanding Spiritual Warfare (60 minutes)
Christians are in a war. But unless we understand the tactics of the enemy, we will be defeated every time. This seminar explores Satan’s tactics and how to resist him.

Your Personality Style (60 minutes)
(Especially great for Sweetheart Banquets, men’s and women’s events, teen events)
God created each of us with a unique way of looking at life. This seminar examines the four temperaments and how they affect our relationships.

Topics in the Small Business Seminar Series
(Suitable for Business Meetings, Business Events, and Business Seminars)

Developing a Loyal Team (60 minutes)
Teamwork is an essential key to building a successful business. Learn how to take a group of disparate personalities and shape them into a unified team that can accomplish anything together.

Finding Balance between Your Personal Life and Your Professional Life (60 minutes)
Many people today are burned out because they have not learned how to find balance between their personal lives and their work lives. They continually have too much on their plate and feel overwhelmed and stressed. If this describes you or your organization’s members, this seminar will be of great benefit to you.

Leading like Jesus (60 minutes)
What does it take to be an effective leader? In this seminar, we will explore the concept of servanthood as the highest form of leadership. We will study the leadership characteristics of Jesus Christ and learn how to apply them in a practical way to our work environment.

Topics in the School Visit Series
(Suitable for elementary (K-6) and junior high school students)

What’s It Like Being an Author? (30-45 minutes)
In this session, targeted to elementary school children, Dr. MaryAnn discusses the life of an author. She covers how to know if you should be a writer, what to do to prepare, and how one actually enters the publishing world. She will also answer questions from students.

Writing a Poem (30-45 minutes)
In this fun-filled session, Dr. MaryAnn will guide the class in creating a short poem. She will discuss the elements of poetry, including word choice, similes and metaphors, rhythm, and rhyme. By the end of the session, students will have created a short poem to take home. Some classes will want to compile the poems into a class poetry booklet.This session is targeted to middle-grade and junior hight school students (ages 8-14). Dr. MaryAnn will explain the elements of a good story, including characterization, plot, dialogue, and setting. Under her guidance, students will outline a short story that they can then complete later in class or at home. Teachers may wish to compile the stories into a class booklet.

Writing a Short Story (45-60 minutes)
This session is targeted to middle-grade and junior high school students. Dr. MaryAnn will discuss the key elements in writing a good story, including characterization, plotting, dialogue, and setting. Students will be encouraged to outline their story for completion later at school or at home. Teachers may wish to compile the stories into a class booklet.

N.B. Custom Presentations: In addition to the above topics, Dr. Diorio will, on the basis of her expertise and experience, be happy to work with you on a topic that will specifically meet the needs of your group.

FEE LIST provided upon request.

When you contact Dr. Diorio, you will be sent her Speaker’s Packet which includes her fee list and other helpful and detailed information for the sponsoring organization.


By email: maryann@maryanndiorio.comBy snail mail: Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, PO Box 1185, Merchantville, NJ 08109

By telephone: (856) 488-0366

By FAX: (856) 488-0291



“A knowledgeable and engaging Christian speaker, Dr. Mary Ann Diorio radiates great joy in the Lord, and communicates the importance of possessing vibrant and expectant faith to all who hear her. My congregations have received great blessing from her seminar on faith and healing, her guidance shared in women’s Bible studies, and her insights into the ministry of Christian writing. If your church or group would benefit from a good dose of Spirit-filled inspiration and encouragement, book Mary Ann today!”
Pastor Stephen Elliott
Delanco United Methodist Church
Delanco, New Jersey

“Your presentation to us…was particularly helpful. Many times speakers are largely anecdotal, with little reference to scripture. You helped us to see the real roots of Christ’s healing ministry, an emphasis too often overlooked.”
The Rev. J. Wesley Vanaman
Christ Episcopal Church
Millville, New Jersey

“I’ve been blessed to know Dr. Mary Ann Diorio for a number of years and appreciate her heart for the Lord, her desire to help others grow in their relationship with Him, and her work to equip others to serve Him through the ministry of writing. Her workshops are practical and encouraging. She is a blessing!”
Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D.
Director, Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference
and Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference

“Conferees gave Mary Ann high marks for her morning challenge as well as her workshops on writing for children. Those who attended her Life Management seminar raved about the principles she shared. Her content, organization, countenance, and demeanor reflected the love of Christ all week. It was a joy to have her minister to us with competence and grace.”
Patti Souder, Director
Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference
Montrose, Pennsylvania

“I had the privilege of working with Mary Ann at my Delaware Christian Writers Conference. As a workshop leader, her skills are top notch, and the audience was captivated by her presentation and knowledge of the subject. I received many e-mails and heard from many participants who said they were blessed by having Mary Ann at the conference. If you are looking for a speaker for your next event, I highly recommend Dr. Mary Ann Diorio.”
John Riddle, Director
Delaware Christian Writers’ Conference
Newark, Delaware


MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA, MPhil, MA, BA, CLC. CBC, CPRW
Certified Life Coach / Certified Behavioral Consultant / Certified Biblical Counselor /
Certified Professional Résumé Writer

To contact Dr. MaryAnn directly:
For general information:

Owner, TopNotch Communications Group, LLC
TopNotch Writing Solutions
TopNotch Life & Career Coaching
TopNotch Translation Services
PO Box 1185 Merchantville, NJ 08109
(P) 856-488-0366 (F) 856-488-0291

Author and Writing Coach

Founder & Director of The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers

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