Become a Speaker

WordCamp Asheville is now accepting applications for speakers for this summer’s conference! It’s a great opportunity to help the local Asheville WordPress community by sharing your knowledge and love of WordPress.

Deadline for speaker submissions extended to 11:59 PM March 22, 2017.

This year’s theme is “Community,” with a focus on unity, as we all seek to share, learn, and develop. A supportive community is what WordPress and WordCamps are all about. It’s not required to have the theme as part of your presentation, but we’d love to challenge you to include it.


We’re looking for speakers willing to engage their audience about a topic related to WordPress. We look to have a diverse lineup of speakers and sessions that focuses on all aspects of the WordPress Community. We’ll be spreading speaker talks across beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics and are most interested in talks that are new and unique with real-world examples.


  • Full-Length Talks will be allotted 45 minutes, plus time for Q&A. You can adjust the talk time if you incorporate Q&A during the presentation.
  • Lightning Talks* will be allotted 15 minutes total.
  • Speakers will be offered free admission to WordCamp Asheville 2017 and attend a speaker dinner alongside the organizers and sponsors.
  • Since we’re volunteer-run, we cannot reimburse travel, lodging, or other expenses.
  • All sessions will be videotaped. You will need to sign and return the A/V form prior to speaking.
  • We encourage multiple submissions from the same speaker. If you have more than one idea, go ahead and submit multiple topics, and we’ll get back to you about which one we think fits best with the final schedule. You’ll need to submit a form for each presentation idea. (If you submit multiple topics but have a preferred choice, just make a note for us when you submit the form.)
  • You will be contacted with a yes/no as soon as the organizing team has made a decision about the presentations.

*Returning in 2017: Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 15-minute talks on one topic. The idea is to cover a topic quickly to give folks an overview. We encourage speakers submitting a full-length talk to also submit a Lightning Talk on the same or multiple subjects. This is a great way for attendees to “wet their feet” and hear a bit about a topic without committing to the full length talk — in other words, a great way to spark new ideas!

Submit Your Talk

We’re accepting applications now so don’t delay — get your submission in today!

Be a good friend and send a link to this page to someone you think might make a great WordCamp speaker.