Speaking Engagements

Andi is available to speak to school groups, book clubs, genealogy groups, history organizations, and college classes.  She speaks about:

  • the history and legacy of slavery in Virginia.
  • African American genealogy
  • the practice of writing.

Upcoming Events

Researching and Relishing All Our Family Stories with Andi Cumbo-Floyd – January 14, 2019 – Orange Arts Center – Orange, VA

This workshop will focus on researching and treasuring the harder stories that we all have in our family histories. We’ll talk about how to research the history of enslavement in our families, about how look into criminal histories, about how to locate family members lost (or found) through adoption, and much more. Then, we will discuss the ways we can come to terms with these hard stories, how we might want to share them with family and beyond, and how our own processes of research and acceptance can be helpful to people who are researching their own hard histories.
This workshop is designed for genealogists, family historians, or anyone with a family history that intrigues or troubles them. No specific skills needed. Bring a piece or two of family history in the form of a photo or document that tells or symbolizes a hard part of your family story, along with a notebook and pen or a laptop.
Date: Monday, January 14
Time: 5–8pm
Ages: Adults
Registration $50

Reading from Love Letters to Writers – January 18, 2019 – Orange Arts Center – Orange, VA

Come and meet me for an evening of discussion and support for writers and would-be writers at The Arts Center In Orange. Love Letters to Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling is a collection of 52 letters that I crafted for members of the writing community I  coordinate. The letters explore everything from making time to write to what happens when we are surprised by the emotion that comes up when the words flow.  There are no prescriptions or demands here, just gentle hope and support for a writer’s spirit.

Date: Friday, January 18
Time: 5–7pm
Ages: All Ages
Registration: FREE

Create and Craft Realistic Characters in Fiction and Memoir – February 11, 2019 – Orange Arts Center – Orange, VA

In this workshop, we will discuss the necessaries for creating complex, real-to-life characters in your fiction or memoir writing.  From physical description to dialect, from behaviors to beliefs, we’ll talk about various ways to get at who your characters—even if they were/are real people—are on the page. Andi will lead exercises to help you explore your characters when you feel like you need new insight into who they are.
This workshop is designed for writers of all experience levels. No experience necessary.  Bring a notebook and pen or your laptop.
Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 5–8pm
Ages: Adults
Registration: $50

Writers’ Retreat at God’s Whisper Farm – June 21-23, 2019 – Radiant, VA

Join Andi and her co-hosts Shawn Smucker and Kelly Chripczuk at Andi’s farm at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains for a weekend of connection, relaxation, and craft.  Get all the details and register here.