Invite Me to Speak

One of my most, best, absolute favorite things to do is visit quilt guilds, libraries, writers groups and social service organizations to talk about my work as a writer, book publisher, quilter, and the Parkinson’s Comfort Project.

For LIBRARIES and WRITERS GROUPS

Publish Your Book Your Way
Publish Your Book Your Way

What Would William Shakespeare Do? is an overview of the contemporary world of book publishing, its pitfalls and pinnacles. Here’s a link to lots more information about this lively program.

Find out how your writers group would benefit for a facts-on-the-ground program about independent publishing by an experienced professional.

I learned to be a writer through the public library in my hometown of Holden, Massachusetts. As you can imagine, libraries hold a special place in my heart, and I try to give back whenever I can. I have a speical deal for your library if you book a What Would William Shakespeare Do? program with me by December 31, 2016.

Here’s how you can do that.

For QUILT GUILDS

Teach Yourself Visually Quilting
Teach Yourself Visually Quilting

Stitching Together a Writer’s Life has been presented at guilds all over New England and at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. The lecture includes:

  • My trial-by-fire introduction to the quilting universe. (Hint: it involves writing and sewing a how-to book for beginners.)
  • How quilting influenced my Carding novels.
  • How my love of quilting led to the founding of the Parkinson’s Comfort Project.

Find out how your guild can share in my quilting adventures as well as participate in the Piecing for Parkinson’s sewing program.

And here’s a link to a collection of posts about quilting and the Parkinson’s Comfort Project.

For SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp.
Olivia was one of the recipients who smiled all day. Her quilt was made by Joanne Shapp.

In 2011, I founded the Parkinson’s Comfort Project to bring the warmth, beauty, and comfort of handmade quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease.

Since then, we have been gifted with and distributed more than 300 quilts made by folks all over the U.S.

Parkinson’s disease impacts more than a million people in the U.S. alone, and unfortunately, that number grows by the day. In fact, you probably know someone who has Parkinson’s disease.

Please help us spread the word about the work that we do by inviting me to speak to your social service organization, Parkinson’s support group, or religious groups. The best way to contact me is via email: Sonja@SonjaHakala.com

Thanks.

This quilt was made by Polly Ellerbe of Montpelier, Vermont.
This quilt was made by Polly Ellerbe of Montpelier, Vermont.
A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson
A daughter wraps her father in a quilt by Bob Johnson

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Author of the Carding, Vermont novels, quilt books, and book publishing guides.

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