Renee’ La Viness:
Writer / Editor / Speaker
At thirteen years old, Renee made her first career move as a professional ventriloquist who wrote her own skits and booked her own engagements. Later, while raising her family, she wrote for magazines, newspapers, and other small projects.
From 2013 to 2018 at 4RV Publishing, Renee’ worked her way up from Acquisition Editor to a two-year position as the first Children’s Corner Imprint Editor before promoting to Special Projects Editor. She resigned in January of 2018 due to family health issues. During her time at 4RV, she also represented the company at multiple conferences: showing books, taking pitches, and speaking on a publisher’s panel.
She has held multiple writing workshops (Designing the World with Words) as a licensed instructor for the City of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She also spent a full school day, in Bixby, Oklahoma, teaching large groups of sixth grade students about the importance of editing their work.
Renee’ speaks at conferences and other events…
Previous Conference Presentations:
––– Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat, AR – 2016
––– The Craft of Writing Conference, Tulsa, OK – 2016
––– Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat, AR – 2017
––– Arkansas Writers Conference, Little Rock, AR – 2017
––– Tulsa Genealogical Society, Tulsa, OK – 2017
––– The Craft of Writing Conference, Tulsa, OK – 2017
––– White County Creative Writers Conference, Searcy, AR – 2018
––– Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat, AR – 2019
––– The Craft of Writing Conference, Tulsa, OK – 2019
As a labor of love for her fellow writers, she organizes the annual Meet the Publishers! event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, every March, since its inception in 2015.
Renee’ is a co-founder/co-organizer of the Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat in Little Rock, Arkansas, since 2016.
She enjoys sponsoring multiple writing contests. She leads a committee of judges for these contests and serves as a judge for a few others.
…1. Middle Grade Fiction for Boys – Ozark Creative Writers Conference, since 2015
…2. La Viness Award for Living Mystery – Arkansas Writers’ Conference, since 2017
…3. La Viness Read.Write.Share! Contest – Read.Write. Share! Retreat, since 2019
…4. La Viness Short Story Writing Contest – www.jespiddlin.com/writingcontest, since 2019
…5. Junk Drawer Contest – (link coming soon), since 2020
She founded and led Tulsa Area Children’s Book Writers, a critique group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for six years. (2012-2018)
Since 2015, she’s been a co-organizer of the Critical Ink writer’s critique group in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2000, using the pseudonym of JesPiddlin, Renee’ co-authored an educational book which taught basic HTML and computer skills. Being a time-sensitive subject for earlier operating systems, it is no longer in print.
She now writes for children through middle grade under the pseudonym of JesPiddlin. For young adult and up, she uses her full name, Renee’ La Viness.
She has published one paperback book/journal – Blood Pressure Diary: Keeping it Simple, and one short story ebook – Absent Reality, and multiple short stories in a variety of anthologies. (See her Author page on Amazon.com.)
Renee’ has been contracted by Oghma Creative Media for a children’s picture book, expected to be published in 2019 or 2020.
As Project Coordinator/editor for an international anthology in 2014, she worked with multiple international authors of different first languages.
Currently, Renee’ freelances as an editor for short stories and children’s books, offers occasional workshops, and she designs and updates all her own websites with a purposeful aim toward simplicity.
Having thirty writing awards so far, Renee’ encourages other authors to enter contests as a tool to help develop their own writing skills.
Since 2009, Renee’ has enjoyed reading to her grandchildren’s elementary school classrooms throughout the school year.
Renee’s Workshop Subjects:
Bring Your Characters to Life
Edit Your Fiction Story
EZ-Write Your Life Story – Good for family history events
Stop the Head Hop
The Twisted End (O. Henry Endings)
Tips & Tricks for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Writing for Children
Writing Short Stories
Author Website – www.reneelaviness.com
Children’s Author Website – www.jespiddlin.com
Family History and more – www.jespiddlin.net
Writing Workshops – www.jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Author.ReneeLaViness
JesPiddlin’s Facebook – www.facebook.com/JesPiddlin
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/reneelaviness
Amazon – www.amazon.com/author/reneelaviness
Smashwords – www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ReneeLaViness
Meet the Publishers! – www.jespiddlin.com/publishers
Annual Writing Contest – www.jespiddlin.com/writingcontest