Speaker Fees

Adoption Community

Paula has created a unique and compelling Triad Talk, suitable for all members of the adoption triad – birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees – as well as social workers and adoption specialists. She uses a carefully curated selection of passages from Umbilicus to paint a vivid picture of how adoption affects different members of the triad at pivotal points in their parallel journeys.

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Johannesburg and Pretoria: R1,000 + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R1,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Paula directly to book a Triad Talk.

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Writing Community

Paula has created two talks for authors, where she takes you behind the scenes of a #writerslife, and offers loads of practical advice.

A) The Age of the Authorpreneur talk is suitable for first-time indie authors, and traditionally published authors who are considering self-publishing their next book. Paula shows you how to produce, market, and distribute a self-published book, and shares some innovative ideas on how to use your ‘book as business card’ (both fiction and non-fiction), to grow your career as an ‘authorpreneur’.

B) The Birthing a Book Baby talk is suitable for budding fiction authors keen on learning more about the nuts and bolts of crafting a full-length novel, and the differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Paula shares several tips, tricks, and techniques she uses in her own writing process, and some creative ideas on how to best position yourself and your work in a very competitive marketplace.

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Johannesburg and Pretoria: R2,000 + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R2,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Paula directly to book an Age of the Authorpreneur or Birthing a Book Baby talk.

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Schools

Paula believes that preaching abstinence before marriage to already sexually active teens is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It is outdated, unrealistic, and unhelpful, especially to teens who find themselves facing a crisis pregnancy, and at a terrifying crossroads in their young lives.

She has created an educational and inspiring Teen Talk, suitable for girls and boys in Grades 8 – 12, where she provides factually sound information on abortion, adoption, fostering, and teen parenthood options, as well as food for thought on how the choices teens make now will impact on every facet of their future wellbeing, over both the short and long term. She is not prescriptive in her advice, and advocates neither a pro-choice nor pro-life stance. Rather, she calls for introspection and critical thinking from the teens themselves, pointing them to geographic-specific resources, like family planning and abortion clinics closest to their school, and encourages ownership of all matters related to their sexual and reproductive health.

At the end of her talk, Paula opens the floor to questions. She lets the teens know they are in a safe space, and that no question is off limits. She is cognisant of the fact these are sensitive topics, and that members of the audience will be coming from different cultural, religious, and family backgrounds. Teachers observing this interactive session will be able to pick up on areas where they feel the teens need more information, and fine-tune the focus of their in-class discussions and debates going forward.

Paula’s talk will particularly resonate with any lost or troubled souls who may be secretly facing seemingly insurmountable challenges in their own lives – to let them know they are not alone, that there is help out there, and hope for healing. She firmly believes if a teen makes a mistake, he/she shouldn’t have to spend the rest of his/her life carrying the burden of that mistake. Everyone deserves a second chance.

One of Paula’s main objectives in sharing her testimony and knowledge is to help reduce not only the number of teen pregnancies, but also the number of teen suicides, backstreet abortions, and the scourge of abandoned babies in South Africa today.

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Johannesburg and Pretoria: R3,000 (ex VAT) + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R3,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Michelle Kirk at Elite Agents to book a Teen Talk.

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Click here to view the PDF transcripts of all Paula’s talks.

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