Interested in booking Angele for one of her popular workshops exploring the connections between writing, creativity, dreaming big, and, yes…personal finance? Email for workshop details and availability. Angele supports equity and inclusivity in the world of books and beyond. She is not available for events that discriminate against historically excluded, marginalized, or underrepresented communities.

Angele’s most requested class – Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success, perfect for writing, investment, and other conferences or retreats – is available as a one-, two-, or three-hour workshop, or as a full-day master class. Contact Angele for details on creating a customized version of this workshop for corporate and training events.

Angele’s other workshops include

  • Your Best Year Yet! (60 and 90 minute versions)
  • Dream Big, Do Big (60 minutes)
  • Do You Have a Book Inside You? (eight hours total, can be divided into four two-hour sessions, or one- or two- day options)
  • Three-Act Story Structure: Bringing the Magic of Screenplays to Your Novel (six hours total, can be divided into three two-hour sessions, or one- or two-day options)

Angele also offers group and individual strategy and planning sessions for writers through her McQ+You programs, including weekday online co-working sessions and monthly online goal-sharing/accountability groups, as well as quarterly and annual deep dive sessions for those looking for more focused guidance on celebrating past successes and sorting through future projects to choose their next big dreams to work towards.

Sign up for Angele’s newsletter to stay up to date on her latest classes, workshops, speaking events, and McQ+You programs. Can’t make it to one of her events in person? Check out Angele’s online classes!

2021 events:

Mid-December 2021 (dates to be announced soon)

McQ+You 2021 Successes/2022 Big Dreams Planning Circles

Gather in a private room online with Angele and a few other writers to assess (and celebrate!) all you’ve accomplished in 2021, then sort through and decide on your highest priorities (both career and personal) for 2022.

This will be an illuminating, supportive, joyous opportunity to look back at your 2021 and look forward to your 2022, with plenty of guided exercises both beforehand on your own and together during the session to help you identify what worked well and what exceeded your expectations this past year, and what you can’t wait to create in the year ahead.

If you’re interested in learning more, send Angele an email to be added to the announcement list. She can’t wait to hear all about your 2021 successes and help you dream big for 2022!

September 25, 2021 10 a.m. ET

Using Financial Podcasts in Your Investment Education (online)

Financial podcasts can be an unexpectedly entertaining way to learn more about personal finance and investing from a wide variety of voices and perspectives. Join BetterInvesting’s “Book Value” columnist and financial author Angele McQuade online on Saturday, September 25 at 10 a.m. ET for an overview of many of her personal favorite financial podcasts, plus an opportunity to share your own favorites with everyone, too!

Register online for this free webinar, Invest in Your Education with Financial Podcasts, presented by the Maryland Chapter of BetterInvesting. There was not nearly enough room for Angele to mention all of her own favorite financial podcasts in her May 2020 cover story in BetterInvesting magazine, so she’ll be sharing a handout with an even bigger (and newly updated!) list during this live event.

2020 events:


August 11, 6 pm CT, hosted by The Writing Barn
Get Inspired, and Then Get Going: The Motivating Magic of Craft & Creativity Podcasts
Join author Angele McQuade for a curated tour of some of her current favorite podcasts on creativity, writing/illustrating for kids, the publishing industry in general, and the business side of being a creator. With so many choices to explore, you’re sure to discover new favorites of your own for an instant flash of inspiration and creative joy.

Past events:

(Canceled due to COVID-19) March 13-15, 2020 – SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Annual Conference
Three-hour expanded Cash & Creativity master class/intensive + panels and manuscript critiques during the weekend conference

January 11, 2020 – “Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success” (2 hours) and Your Best Year Yet!(1 hour) – Washington Romance Writers, Bethesda, Maryland

2019: Speaking hiatus due to novel and picture book revisions

February 24, 2018:  “Your Best Year Yet!” workshop
Inn Boonsboro, Boonsboro, MD (private event)

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October 2017: James River Writers Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Join Angele for a special, expanded two-hour Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success master class, as well as multiple panels during the conference.

October 2017: SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Conference (near Washington, DC)
Join Angele for a special three-hour intensive, combining her popular Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success and a brand-new workshop all about navigating the business side of writing.

June 12 – July 2, 2017: Cash & Creativity three-week class  (online)

February 25, 2017: Dream Big, Then Do Big!
Inn Boonsboro, Boonsboro, MD (private event)

February 11, 2017: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success
Virginia Romance Writers (VRW) chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Glen Allen, VA

September 17, 2016: Dream Big, Then Do Big!
Washington Romance Writers, Bethesda, Maryland Join Angele for a fun, interactive session designed to help you uncover your deepest dreams and then create a plan to make them happen.

July 14-16, 2016: Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual National Conference, San Diego, CA
RWA2016Angele will be presenting Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success on Friday, July 15 at 11 a.m. as one of the workshops at RWA’s annual conference. Registration is now open – register early, as this national conference always sells out!

May 9-29, 2016: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success, a three-week, interactive online class for the YA chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), open to all.

May 20-22, 2016: Better Investing National Conference (BINC), Chantilly, VA Join Angele for the very first live Book Value book club discussion on Saturday, May 21, as well as an exclusive BINC-personalized version of her popular Cash & Creativity class on Sunday, May 22, all about how cleaning up your finances can re-energize your career and investing portfolio. More information about registration and BINC’s free, open-to-the-public Saturday sessions are now online.

April 29-May 1, 2016: Washington Romance Writers 32nd Annual “In the Company of Writers” Retreat/Conference in Westminster, Maryland Angele is absolutely honored to have been chosen to deliver the inspirational closing keynote at this year’s three-day event.

January 9, 2016: Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success
Washington Romance Writers (WRW) chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

October 28 – December 2, 2015: NaNoWriMo: Let’s Do This!  Whether you’re a National Novel Writing Month first-timer or a ten-time NaNoWriMo winner, come join NaNoWriMo success story Angele McQuade as she hosts YARWA’s high-energy, inspiration-filled online support group to help you turn your November novel writing goals into reality by writing 50,000 words in one month.This group is open to any and all writers–YARWA member or not–looking for a friendly, supportive environment that cheers them on while also providing daily accountability.

October 17, 2015: Teens Read (and Write) event, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA Moderator for the Hooray for History panel featuring Hannah Barnaby (Wonder Show), Caroline T. Richmond (The Only Thing to Fear), Ronald L. Smith (Hoodoo) and Jessica Spotswood (The Cahill Witch Chronicles series)

May 14-17, 2015: Writing retreat in Palm Coast, Florida (private event)

February 11, 2015: Speaking engagement at the Arlington Neighbors’ Club (Arlington, VA)

Past events in Berlin, Germany:
(15 June 2013) The Three Act Story Structure: Let’s Talk Story
This two-plus hour interactive workshop takes our exploration of the Three Act Story Structure to the extreme as we talk our way through an entire film. You’ll be able to observe (and practice identifying) the story elements we’ve been talking about over the arc of an entire story. You’ll also be introduced to more screenwriting tricks and tools that can help you bring more life to your own novel.

(25 May 2013) The Three Act Story Structure: Act II, Part One
This two-hour interactive workshop (second in the Three Act Structure series) will use scenes from recent films to more deeply explore the story elements often included in the first half of Act II up to the Midpoint. You’ll learn in greater detail why this storytelling structure is so popular and how you can use the secrets of screenplays to discover and strengthen the plot of your own novel. 25 May 2013, 4-6:00 p.m. (16:00 – 18:00)

(27 April 2013) The Three Act Story Structure: Bringing the Magic of the Screenplay to Your Novel This two-hour interactive workshop that will introduce you to the basics of the three act/eight sequence structure used in many screenplays. You’ll learn why this form is so popular and how you can use the secrets of screenplays to discover and strengthen the plot of your own novel. 27 April 2013 (Saturday/Samstag), 4-6:00 p.m. (16:00 –  18:00)


23 March 2013: Rüdi-Net LESEFEST, Berlin, Germany
Come hear Angele’s talk What an American Author Loves About Living in Berlin , a part of the Rüdi-Net LESEFEST on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at the IBZ Clubraum, Wiesbadener Strasse 18 in the Rüdesheimer Platz neighborhood in Wilmersdorf, Berlin (U3: Rüdesheimer Platz). Angele will repeat her talk hourly at 16.00, 17.00, 18.00 and 19.00. Rumor has it there will be coffee and cake available, too!

You can find a complete schedule, list of participating authors and many more details on the two-day LESEFEST here.

January-March, 2013: Do You Have a Book Inside You? Saturday Workshop Series
Feb IBZ writing workshopWill 2013 be the year you finally write the book you know you have inside? Join American author Angele McQuade for a four-part series of interactive workshops designed to help you discover the kind of book you’d like to write and then set you on the path to start it. Whether you’re interested in writing for adults or children, fiction or non-fiction, essays or novels, Angele will help you uncover the ideas you’re most interested in and then learn how to begin to turn them into a book.
Dates: Saturdays 19 January, 2 February, 16 February, 2 March, 2013

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26 January 2013: An Afternoon of Story Fun for Young Readers and Writers!

Join American author Angele McQuade for a reading from her in-progress children’s novel. As a part of the reading, Angele will lead her young audience through an interactive (and sometimes silly!) introduction to some of the most essential elements of a page-turning story.

Language: The reading and activities will be in English but readers and writers of any language will be warmly welcomed.

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About Angele: Angele McQuade is the author of two non-fiction books, including Investment Clubs for Dummies, as well as picture books and middle grade novels for children. She is the monthly Book Value columnist for Better Investing magazine, and has published almost four hundred reviews, profiles, features, cover stories, and other articles since 2000. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.