Harrison Scott Key did the impossible. Our program threw him to the wolves of a drinking, chattering audience of about 300 and he quickly had them in the palm of his wit. They listened, they laughed; you could feel the connection. Smart and funny with just the right touch of tender. We wish we could have him on every week.
— Jim Dees, host, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Oxford, Mississippi
Harrison Scott Key is the either funniest serious writer we’ve seen at Sewanee or the most literate comedian, engaging thoughtfully with the graduate students about literature and humor, then cracking everybody up at a public performance based on his terrific memoir. A wonderful writer on the page, Harrison is equally winning in person.
— Dr. John Grammer, Sewanee School of Letters, University of the South

Harrison speaks from time to time, at festivals, conferences, and universities, if invited. He is so good at talking, you have no idea. He will do it for money. You have to ask. With a background in comedy and performance, Harrison is very comfortable speaking to audiences who are drunk and incapable of feeling human love. Happy, healthy audiences have also been known to respond to Harrison's work. If you would like to invite Harrison to your school, university, conference, bookstore, festival, etc., contact him directly using the form on this page.

THINGS HARRISON WILL DO FOR FUN and MONEY!

  • Write and deliver a keynote talk, tailored to your event ($5,000-$7,500 + travel). We can discuss your event and determine the ideal format and content. I like a challenge! At most of my events, I sign books. We can discuss that process when we talk.

  • Deliver a keynote talk based on (and do a reading from) one of my two books ($3,000-$5,000 + travel). These are fun and varied, some talking, some reading, some images, a Q+A, too. I usually stay and visit and sign books, too. Fans can touch my face and pose for photos with it!

  • Do a little of everything, where I attend a conference, teach a workshop, engage with attendees, do a keynote reading and booksigning, and more (fee is negotiable).

  • Teach a conference writing workshop ($1,000-$2,500 + travel). Topics generally include memoir, nonfiction, humor, storytelling, the publishing process, DOs and DONTs of the writing career.

  • Read and respond to up to 25 pages of a manuscript or book proposal, providing oral comments via phone ($1,000). Calls generally last no more than 45 minutes.

  • Read and respond to up to 25 pages of a manuscript or book proposal, providing written comments via email ($750). Comments generally go from two to three pages.

Please contact Harrison on this page to discuss his speaking at your event.

Harrison, a practicing wizard, hypnotizing the audience at TEDx Savannah in 2019.

Harrison, a practicing wizard, hypnotizing the audience at TEDx Savannah in 2019.

Harrison making bold accusations of a Sunday night crowd at The Neshoba County Fair in 2016.

Harrison making bold accusations of a Sunday night crowd at The Neshoba County Fair in 2016.

Some Places Where Harrison Did Things

  • American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (New Orleans, LA)

  • Arkansas Literary Festival (Little Rock, AR)

  • Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)

  • Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)

  • Decatur Book Festival (Atlanta, GA)

  • Fall for the Book at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

  • Florida Heritage Book Festival (St. Augustine, FL)

  • Georgia Ob-Gyn Society (Sea Island, GA)

  • GIANTS of Design Conference (Savannah, GA)

  • John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)

  • Literary Death Match (Nashville, TN)

  • Literary Guild of St. Simons Island (St. Simons, GA)

  • Miami Book Fair International (Miami, FL)

  • Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS)

  • Novel Memphis (Memphis, TN)

  • Savannah Bar Association (Savannah, GA)

  • Savannah Book Festival (Savannah, GA)

  • SCAD Atlanta Ivy Hall (Atlanta, GA)

  • SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, GA)

  • SCADshow (Atlanta, GA)

  • Seersucker Live! (Savannah, GA)

  • Ships of the Sea Museum (Savannah, GA)

  • South Carolina Book Festival (Columbia, SC)

  • South on Main (Little Rock, AR)

  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Annual Discovery Show (Savannah, GA)

  • Southern Lit Alliance (Chattanooga, TN)

  • St. John's Public Library (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

  • T-Bones Records and Café (Hattiesburg, MS)

  • Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (Tampa, FL)

  • Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX)

  • Thacker Mountain Radio (Neshoba County Fairgrounds, MS)

  • The Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge)

  • The Mid-South Book Festival (Memphis, TN)

  • The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Festival (New Orleans, LA)

  • The Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)

  • The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)

  • Virginia Festival of the Book (Charlottesville, VA)

Some Bookstores Where Harrison Read for Audiences of Approx. 5 to 6 People

  • A Capella Books (Atlanta, GA)

  • Alabama Booksmith (Birmingham, AL)

  • Blue Bicycle Books (Charleston, SC)

  • BookPeople (Austin, TX)

  • Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)

  • E. Shaver Books (Savannah, GA)

  • Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)

  • G.J. Ford Books (St. Simons Island, GA)

  • Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)

  • Hub City Bookshop (Spartanburg, SC)

  • Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS)

  • Malaprop's Bookstore (Asheville, NC)

  • McIntyre's Books (Pittsboro, NC)

  • Nightbird Books (Fayetteville, AR)

  • Octavia Books (New Orleans, LA)

  • Page and Palette (Fairhope, AL)

  • Park Road Books (Charlotte, NC)

  • Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)

  • Pomegranate Books (Wilmington, NC)

  • Purple Crow Books (Hillsborough, NC)

  • Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)

  • Square Books (Oxford, MS)

  • The Book Lady (Savannah, GA)

  • The Booksellers at Laurelwood (Memphis, TN)

  • The Wild Detectives (Dallas, TX)

  • Turning Pages (Natchez, MS)

  • TurnRow Book Co. (Greenwood, MS)

  • WORD (Brooklyn, NY)

Some Workshops Where Harrison "Taught" Writing

  • Auburn Writers' Conference (Auburn, AL)

  • Austin Peay University (Clarksville, TN)

  • Belhaven University (Jackson, MS)

  • Benjamin Franklin High School (New Orleans, LA)

  • Chamberlain-Hunt Academy (Port Gibson, MS)

  • Douglas Anderson Writers Festival (Jacksonville, FL)

  • Florida Heritage Writers Conference (St. Augustine, FL)

  • Giving Voice Festival, John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR)

  • Highland Park Literary Festival (Dallas, TX)

  • Jackson Preparatory School (Jackson, MS)

  • Millsaps College (Jackson, MS)

  • Mississippi School of Math and Science (Columbus, MS)

  • Mississippi School of the Arts (Brookhaven, MS)

  • Mississippi Theater Association Annual Festival (Vicksburg, MS)

  • New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA)

  • The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Festival (New Orleans, LA)

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

  • Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL)

  • Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

  • The University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)

  • The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)

  • The Writing in Place Conference (Spartanburg, SC)

Harrison at an event in Little Rock, Arkansas, really getting into it.

Harrison at an event in Little Rock, Arkansas, really getting into it.