Upcoming events

public speakerYou can catch me on the first Monday of every month leading the Portsmouth Writers’ Night Out at the Portsmouth Book and Bar, Portsmouth NH. Holidays may affect date held; check the N.H. Writers’ Project website for details.

Public speaking

In addition to fiction ghostwriting and editing, I am a public speaker and presenter. If you are interested in having me speak to or on behalf of your organization, drop me a line at jeffdeck [at] jeffdeck.com. I’d be happy to speak about how to put together and edit your manuscript, or anything else about the craft of writing. There are aspiring authors in every crowd!

Here are testimonials from my recent webinar on how to edit your own book manuscript:

“I really enjoyed Jeff Deck’s webinar. I learned a great deal, and it was very practical advice I can use right away.” — Kerry Kellogg

“I was impressed at how the presentation was so thorough and informative. Thanks for all you do to support the New Hampshire Writers’ Project!” — Jessie Crockett, NHWP chair


And here are a few endorsements for other speaking engagements:

public speaker“Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson put on a great presentation on typos — funny, informative, and completely engaging. The audience loved it.”
—Will Shortz, Director, The Wonderful World of Words (NY)


“With mannerly dry wit and congeniality, Jeff Deck recounts the story of his cross-country trip in search of spelling and punctuation errors in public places. He is an amusing storyteller and an earnest guru for good grammar-the images of ‘problem’ billboards and signs brought a response of laughter from an appreciative crowd. Thank you Jeff Deck for an unforgettable evening.”
—Betsy Hurley, Lancaster Literary Guild (PA)

“When I announced to our conference planning committee that Jeff Deck had agreed to appear, there was an audible squeal of collective delight. I knew Jeff’s presentation would be a popular draw for our attendees, none of whom left disappointed! Mix equal parts of humor, charm, and wit; fold in a smidge of sarcasm and bake until it rises — you’ll feed a lot of happy minds. Jeff has an open invitation to speak to us any time!”
—Claire Natola, New Hampshire Mensa (NH)

“Jeff Deck’s engaging talk helped to make the NaNoWriMo Kick-off a success. He delighted the crowd with his humor, his accessible demeanor, and his clear and knowledgeable answers. We were so grateful for his enthusiasm too. It was contagious!”
—Heather Armitage, Portsmouth Public Library (NH)

public speaker“The program Jeff Deck presented for the Central Arkansas Library System was great. He was entertaining and educational. Everyone in the audience now knows the difference between plurals and possessives. This was the first program we’ve presented where people were standing up in the back of the room to make sure they didn’t miss what was being shown – and laughing while they did. ”
—Susan Hill Gele, Central Arkansas Library System (AR)

Selection of past events:


Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Local Authors’ Fair – Eliot, ME

Tuesday, June 6, 7-8:30 p.m. — An Evening of Pulp Fiction: Crossroads of Film Noir – Chesley Memorial Library, Northwood, N.H.

Thursday, June 8, 7-9 p.m. — Wyrd: A Horror Reading Event – Koto, Salem, MA

Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25 — PortConMaine 2017 – Portland, ME

Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 — Editing panel at NECON (Northeastern Writers’ Conference) 37 – Portsmouth, RI

Wednesday, August 9 — Webinar: “Awakening the Monster: How to Edit Your Book Manuscript,” to benefit the New Hampshire Writers’ Project

Tuesday, September 19, 7-8:30 p.m. — An Evening of Pulp Fiction: The Crossroads of Film Noir – Haverhill Public Library, Haverhill, MA

Wednesday, October 18, 12-1 p.m. — Dartmouth Club of Maine speaker: “How to Edit Your Book Manuscript” – Falmouth, ME

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Host, NaNoWriMo wrap-up party, Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH


Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m. — Author Night at the North Hampton Public Library – North Hampton, N.H.

Monday, February 8, 7 p.m. — Judge at Seacoast Three-Minute Fiction Slam – Newmarket, N.H.

Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. — Reception for the Friends of the South Berwick Public Library – South Berwick, ME

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. — Author Night at the Hampton Falls Free Library – Hampton Falls, N.H.

Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. — Local Horror Showcase – South Berwick Public Library, South Berwick, Maine

Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16, 2016 — Rock and Shock – Worcester, MA

Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Portland Comic Expo – Portland, ME

Saturday, October 29 – Sunday, October 30, 2016 — Bangorefest – Bangor, ME

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Photo courtesy Portsmouth Public Library

Sunday, October 30, 6 p.m. — 5th Annual Midcoast Halloween Reading – Bull Feeney’s, Portland, ME

Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. — Citywide Portsmouth Literary Festival – Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH

Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. — Haverhill Public Library BookFear Before Christmas – Haverhill, MA


Wednesday, September 16, 6 p.m. — Portsmouth Public Library Local Author Fair – Portsmouth, N.H.

Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Author Booth at Hooksett Old Home Day – Hooksett, N.H.

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  • Michael Godfrey

    If you’re looking for things to correct, try Microsoft Office 2010. In the Publisher program, the words business and colorful are misspelled. One would think software that enhances your business would take care that there are no mistakes.

  • David

    Hi, I heard Benjamin and Jeff on NPR’s “Here and Now”. Interesting interview and I was thinking that if spelling is going to be corrected then maybe pronunciation should also be corrected. On “Here and Now” one of you said “To err is human”. The correct pronunciation is “er” not “air”.

    • I am pretty sure that err can be pronounced both as “air” and “urr,” but tomato tomaHto, right?