Appearances

I love interacting with readers and writers of all ages either in person or via Skype. Full day school visits and workshops are $500. Individual programs (up to 90 minutes) are $150. Book chats via Skype (up to 30 minutes) are free. Representative topics include:

Novels: A Road Map
Hands-On Poetry
Telling Stories in Pictures and Words: How to Write Graphic Novels
Creating Characters You Can Sit Down and Talk With
Behind Platform 9 ¾: Building Compelling Worlds Through Fiction
Creating Transmedia: Big Stories, Collaboration, and Cross-Pollination
Tackling Tough Topics: From Grief to Sex
Writing from Nature

To get a printable flyer click here. To set up an appearance please email me.

UPCOMING APPEARANCES — In Reverse Chronological Order

September 16, 2017
SCBWI Inland Northwest Conference, Spokane, WA

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

June 10, 2017
Storytime: A MG & YA Intensive Workshop, Portland, OR, 10:00-4:00
Manuscript Critiques and Consultation

May 23, 2017
Literary Arts, Portland, OR
Pushing Back: Feminism and the Female Body
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold, moderated by Sara Gundell, 7:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

May 22, 2017
Location TBA, Portland, OR
WRITING WORKSHOP: Crafting the Right Story for the Right Reader

May 21, 2017
A Children’s Place Bookstore, Portland, OR
Middle Grade Mayhem with Elana K. Arnold, 2:00
Book signing for QUARTZ CREEK RANCH and A BOY CALLED BAT

May 20, 2017
Secret Garden Books, Seattle, WA
Pushing Back: Feminism and the Female Body
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold,
moderated by Martha Brockenbrough, 4:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

May 13, 2017
Avid Readers, Davis, CA
Middle Grade Mayhem with Elana K. Arnold, 1:00
Book signing for QUARTZ CREEK RANCH and A BOY CALLED BAT

May 12, 2017
A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
Pushing Back: Feminism and the Female Body
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold, moderated by Stephanie Kuehn, 7:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

May 11, 2017
Logos Books, Davis, CA
Writing For and About Young Adults
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold, 6:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

May 6, 2017
Herringbone Books, Redmond, OR
Under the Skin: Writing Our Truths into Fiction, a free writing workshop, 1:00-2:00
Reading and Book Signing for POINTE, CLAW, 2:30-3:30

April 29, 2017
Gatsby Books, Long Beach, CA
Pushing Back: Feminism and the Female Body
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold, 5:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

April 29, 2017
Once Upon a Storybook, Tustin, CA
Middle Grade Mayhem with Elana K. Arnold, 2:00
Book signing for QUARTZ CREEK RANCH and A BOY CALLED BAT

April 28, 2017
Pop-Hop, Highland Park, CA
Pushing Back: Feminism and the Female Body
A conversation with YA author Elana K. Arnold, 7:00
Book signing for POINTE, CLAW and WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

April 24, 2017
Oregon Book Awards, Portland, OR
THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN is a finalist for the Leslie Bradshaw Award, 7:30

April 20, 2017
Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR
SEVEN STITCHES & POINTE, CLAW: A Conversation with Ruth Tenzer Feldman, 7:00

February 22, 2017
Roundabout Books, Bend, OR
Talking to Kids about Sex, a parent discussion group, 7:00-9:00

January 28, 2017
SCBWI’s Great Critique, Portland, OR
Sign up for critique of your MG or YA novel, 9:30-12:00

January 21, 2017
Roundabout Books, Bend, OR
Launch Party for the QUARTZ CREEK RANCH series, 6:30-8:30

December 11, 2016
Roundabout Books, Bend, OR
Launch Party for OREGON READS ALOUD, 12:00-12:00 pm

November 26, 2016
Indie’s First 2:00-4:00, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, OR
Bookseller for the Day!

November 26, 2016
Indie’s First 10:00-12:00, Herringbone Books, Redmond, OR
Bookseller for the Day!

November 5, 2016
Wordstock, Portland, OR
OPB’s Girl Power Hour, Winningstad Theatre, 1:30 pm – 2:30

November 4, 2016
Lit Crawl, Portland, OR
Grief Rites: Community and Connection, Literary Arts Studio, 7:00 pm
Sex, Death, and Other Unmentionables, Cassidy’s Restaurant, 8:00 pm

October 14, 2016
Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference, Bend, OR
Breakfast and Author Panel, 8:00 am – 9:15
Stories and Identity: One Author’s Circuitous Path through a Life in Words, 4:00 pm – 5:00

October 11, 2016
Launching Oregon Reads Aloud, Portland, OR
Powell’s City of Books, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

June 11, 2016
Barnes & Noble Teen Book Fest, Bend, OR
Games, readings, signings & more with author Janet Summer Johnson 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

June 4, 2016
Klindt’s Bookseller, The Dalles, OR
6th Annual Spring Author Festival  from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

June 3, 2016
The Dalles High School, The Dalles, OR
School Visit

June 3, 2016
The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles, OR
School Visit

May 19, 2016
SheBop, Portland, OR
Sharing Stories about First-Time Sex: Open Communication with Young People at 7:30 pm

April 22, 2016
Deschutes Public Library Teen, Bend, OR
Teen Writing Workshop at 4:00 pm

April 21, 2016
Oregon Library Association Conference, Bend, OR
The Art of Creating Children’s Books at 4:00 pm

April 16, 2016
Oregon Association of School Librarians Conference, Wilsonville, OR
The V-Word: True Stories of First-Time Sex

April 15, 2016
West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR
Teen Writing Workshop at 6:30 pm

April 8, 2016
Crush Bar, Portland, OR
Booklover’s Burlesque–Performance and Reading from THE V-WORD (Buy tickets here)

March 11, 2016
Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland, OR
Contributors to THE V-WORD read their essays and sign books

March 5, 2016
Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, OR
Parent Discussion Night–How to Talk to Your Tweens and Teens about Sex

February 18, 2016
University Bookstore, Seattle, WA
Book signing for THE V-WORD

February 18, 2016
Montlake Elementary, Seattle, WA
School Visit

February 17, 2016
SCBWI-Western Washington Professional Series, Seattle, WA
YA Romance and Hot Sex

February 13, 2016
League of Exceptional Writers, Powell’s City of Books at Cedar Hills, Portland, OR
Writing from Nature

January 23, 2016
Barnes & Noble, Bend, OR
Book Signing for THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN

November 28, 2015
Indie’s First 2:00-4:00, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, OR
Bookseller for the Day!

November 28, 2015
Indie’s First 10:00-12:30, Paulina Springs Books, Redmond, OR
Bookseller for the Day!

November 7, 2015
YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, Portland, OR
Book Blitz

October 23, 2015
Deschutes Public Library Teen Writing Workshop, Bend, OR
Write like Filmmaker

October 18, 2015
A Children’s Place Bookstore, Portland, OR
Reading and Book Signing at 2:00 pm

October 17, 2015
Secret Garden Books, Seattle, WA
Reading and Book Signing at 5:00 pm

October 3, 2015
Oregon Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference, Concordia University, Portland, OR
There’s No Such Thing As a Book For Boys (or One for Girls): Degendering Youth Reading

October 2, 2015
Pacific NW Booksellers Association Fall Trade Show , Portland, OR
Celebration of Authors

April 17-19, 2015
SCBWI-Western Washington Spring Conference, Seattle, WA
Down & Dirty: An Author and an Editor talk about Teens, Sex, and the Edge in YA

January 31, 2015
Ooligan Write to Publish Conference, Portland, OR
Writing Difficult Subjects–Talking Sex

January 24, 2015
SCBWI-Oregon
The Great Critique

June 28, 2014
SCBWI-Oregon Southern CONNECTIONS, Ashland, OR
Step off the Page: An Exploration of Voice
The Business of Kidlit: Finding Your Place

May 17-18, 2014
SCBWI-Oregon Spring Conference, Wilsonville, OR
Inside Local Success Stories

April 10, 2014
Skagit Valley Writers, Mt. Vernon, WA
Inside the Business of Children’s Book Publishing

March 2, 2014
90 Second Newbery Film Festival, Portland, OR
I’ll be co-hosting the festival with author, James Kennedy.  There will be singing!

November 16, 2013
The Next Level: Professional Series for Writers & Illustrators, Tabor Space, Portland, OR
The Annual Check-Up for Creatives: Making Sure Your Web Presence Is Up-To-Date

October 7-8, 2013
Pacific NW Booksellers Association Fall Trade Show, Portland, OR
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators booth

October 5-6, 2013
Wordstock Book Festival, Portland, OR
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators booth

June 28-29, 2013
Leaky Con, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
Behind Platform 9 ¾: Building Compelling Worlds Through Fiction
Creating Transmedia: Big Stories, Collaboration, and Cross-Pollination 

May 16, 2013
Clear Creek Middle School, Gresham, OR
Writing Mini-Comics 

April 25-26, 2013
OLA/WLA Joint Conference
Bringing SCBWI to Librarians Everywhere 

April 12, 2013
Book Fan Friday, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills, Beaverton, OR
Talking Transmedia

March 5, 2013
Young Willamette Writers, Old Church, Portland, OR
Talking Transmedia 

October 19-21, 2012
Toad Hall Writing Retreat, Turner, OR
Novels: A Road Map

October 13, 2012
Oregon Association of State Librarians Annual Conference, Seaside, OR
Writing for Children about Science and Adventure

October 4, 2012
Highland Elementary School, Gresham, OR
Paddle My Own Canoe: An Adventure Poem Comes Alive
Telling Stories in Pictures and Words: How to Write Graphic Novels
Family Write Night: Creating a Mini-Comic 

August 3-5, 2012
Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, OR
Creating Transmedia: Big Stories, Collaboration, and Cross Pollination
Using a Critique Group to Enhance Your Writing Life

May 1, 2012
Hayhurst Elementary, Portland, OR
Telling Stories in Pictures and Words: How to Write Graphic Novels
Family Write Night: Creating a Mini-Comic

April 29, 2012
Stumptown Comic Con, Portland, OR
Stepping into the Future: Transmedia Storytelling

April 28, 2012
Ooligan Press Write To Publish Conference, Portland, OR
Stepping into the Future: Transmedia Storytelling
The Other Side of the Tracks: Non-fiction
Vampires, Cancer, and Road Trips: Publishing for Young Adults

February 17-18, 2012
South Coast Writers Conference, Gold Beach, OR
Learning to Read for Writers & Illustrators
Graphic Novels: Get a Grip on a Rising Genre
Using a Critique Group to Enhance Your Writing Life

October 19, 2011
Multnomah County Library Teen Librarians, Portland, OR
The Future of Transmedia Storytelling: Angel Punk, Pottermore, and Skeleton Creek

September 16-17, 2011
KidLitCon 2011, Seattle, WA
The Future of Transmedia Storytelling: Angel Punk, Pottermore, and Skeleton Creek

March 11, 2011
Young Writers Workshop, Portland, OR
Creating Characters

February 28, 2011
James John Elementary, Portland, OR
Paddle My Own Canoe: An Adventure Poem Comes Alive

February 8, 2011
SCBWI-Western Washington Professional Series, Seattle, WA
Learning to Read for Writers & Illustrators

February 5, 2011
St. Mary’s Academy Career Day, Portland, OR
Writing as a Career

AND THE REST IS GONE TO THE ANNALS OF HISTORY…