I had the wonderful opportunity of working with Jen Tidwell at Earper Homestead Convention Canada’s inaugural event in August 2018. Jen was the moderator for a panel of talented fictional writers, and she was integral to the formation of said panel. Leading into the event, Jen coordinated with the guests of the panel to ensure that everything would run smoothly. During the panel, Jen was engaging with both the guests and those in attendance, and she did a great job facilitating discussion. It was a delight to work with Jen, as she was organized, competent, dependable and more. I look forward to working with her again in the future
Bonnie, Chairperson of EH Con Canada
Watching Jen moderate the fanfiction panel at EhCon 2018, I was struck by how naturally she fell into the role. Working alone to cover various discussions relating to the topic, she guided the conversation and the participants to make sure everyone was given an opportunity to speak and to allow exchanges between the panelists, while knowing when a natural end was coming so she could be ready with a new question or comment. I found the whole panel engaging from start to finish and I credit Jen with making that happen.
Panels can be anxiety provoking, especially for new panelists, but Jen’s intelligent questions, open personality, and effortless control make her, in my opinion, the triple threat of what she does. As a moderator, she toes the line between panel participant and friendly guide. ...she knows when to ask the tough questions and how to encourage further discussion without ever being intrusive. She exudes confidence and warmth – the audience is her friend and her classroom. Basically, Jen knows what she’s doing and we’re all the better for it!
Dr. Lauren Chochinov, PhD
Jen was attuned to us as panelists, structuring the discussion and flow to make sure we all got a chance to express ourselves while still ensuring we stayed on course. Jen is quick witted, kind and endlessly able to make even the most anxious panelist feel both comfortable and seen, bringing out the best in us. ... I felt encouraged and supported to be vulnerable about their questions. [The experience was] driven by Jen's vibrancy as a host & her attention to each detail. I'd be on another of her panels in a heartbeat.
Jen is an insightful, thorough moderator. No stone is left unturned with her and it leaves the watcher feeling completely satisfied in the end. I’ve had the honor of being interviewed by her several times, as well as being a consistent listener to her podcasts, and with each interview she brings a level of comfort that is unparalleled. The interviewee feels right at home immediately. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
From Guests on the Earp Fiction Addiction
[Jen] was an absolute professional who carefully took the time setup and set an expectation for the next hour of our time together. I was very impressed when she subtly (and smartly) lightened the mood to calm my slight nerves before pressing the Record button. Knowing Jen, I shouldn’t have been at all surprised by her continuously brilliant questions, competent follow-ups to my more unexpected answers, and inherent ability to keep the conversation flowing easily and naturally.
I absolutely loved being a guest on Earp Fiction Addiction. Jen, the host, was warm and friendly from the start, and was very clear about how the whole process would work. When it came time to record, I didn’t have to worry. Everyone involved in the episode jumped right in and chatted like old fandom friends. I’m a big fan now, and I would appear on the podcast again in a heartbeat.
I was a little nervous before my first recording of the EFA podcast, but Jen did such a wonderful job of making it so easy for me, it was completely stressfree once I knew how it was all going to work....establishing rapport and making me feel like I was chatting with friends, and not recording a podcast for however many people to listen to! Jen was so organised and even managed to accommodate some last minute time adjustments on my part....Thanks so much for making it so much fun!
I enjoy this podcast tremendously, to the point that I look forward to Mondays. Your witty conversations keep me smiling and engaged. There is just the right balance of thoughtful insights into the stories and welcoming humor. Listening to the podcast feels like sitting down with friends at a dinner party.
This is by far my favorite podcast.
I so look forward to listening to your new episodes on my drive home from work on Monday evenings...!! You *always* make me smile, laugh and I love that I can fangirl with you!