Events

Creative Writing Workshops for Kids at Makers Mess in March! *postponed*

I’m super thrilled to be offering a series of three creative writing workshops for kids at Makers Mess in Silver Lake here in LA! The coolest part? Each session is offered at two different times to fit your and your child’s schedule—Thursday afternoons or Saturday mornings! 

One of my favorite things is helping kids express and develop their unique voices and imaginations, and that’s exactly the goal of these workshops for 8 to 12-year-olds! We’ll start with the beginning, of course, crafting a character and writing the scene that starts the engine of the story. In the other two sessions, we’ll write action and comparisons, we’ll revise, and participants will get to be inspired by one another and have some writing conferencing with me as the facilitator. At the close, kid writers will get to take away a Storymap, their story(!), and a special surprise to honor their creativity and accomplishment throughout the three sessions. 

The first workshop? Thursday, March 12th or Saturday, March 14th.

All the details and sign-ups are right here!

 

nErDCamp SOCAL, July 19

I’m super excited to be part of the very first NerDCamp in Southern California this summer! If you’re a teacher, librarian, or administrator in the area (or not in the area!), registration is open now for this very special July 19th “unconference” in Torrance.

It’s a free event where educators (and some lucky kidlit creators) come together to “learn and lead” about literacy in all subjects for all students.

Here’s a sampling of some of the authors and illustrators who will be there!

In addition to networking, sessions, and book signings, there are special events at Barnes & Noble Torrance as well for readers young and grown. You’ll find me there on Saturday, July 20th at 1pm for a talk, signing, and pom-pom yarnbombing craft. Andrea J. Loney and Tara Gilboy will be there presenting their books too!

Here’s the registration link if you’d like to join!

SCBWI LA LitMingle

This Saturday, the talented and inspiring Roda Ahmed and I will be presenting on our debut publishing experience followed by a Q&A at the SCBWI LA West San Gabriel Valley LitMingle. Perfect for those curious about what happens after the book deal—all are welcome!

More info and RSVP here.

zinnia and the bees is going on the road

Zinnia, the bees, and I are traveling up the coast in August! If you’re in L.A., Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver, I truly hope to see you at one of my events!


 

The following links will take you to each Facebook event for more details, and to let me know if you can make it:

Skylight Books 

Green Bean Books

Third Place Books

Collage Collage

 

Happy summer, and hope to see you there!

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Festival of Books Follow-Up

I had a total blast at the L.A. Times Festival of Books last weekend. What a thrill to be a on a middle grade panel with terrific writers I admire so very much and to give away and sign 10 advanced copies of Zinnia and the Bees.

 

Pictured below, clockwise from my left: Erin Entrada Kelly, Pseudonymous Bosch, Steven B. Frank, and A.S. King. This photo makes me very happy.

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a quick video of me describing yarn bombing.

LA Times Festival of Books

I’m thrilled to be part of The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC this year—my favorite annual event!

You’ll find me on this panel Sunday, April 23rd at 11AM in Taper Hall 101:

Middle Grade Fiction: Growing Up The Hard Way, conversation 2121.

 

It’s moderated by Pseudonymous Bosch and Erin Entrada Kelly, A.S. King, and Steven B. Frank will all be on the panel. (I know, right?!)

Tickets will be available on April 16th (they’re free with a $1 service fee).