I’ve attended the past 4 or 5 (I can’t remember) SCBWI conferences in the Rocky Mountain Region. Each time I go, it gets better and better. It’s been amazing in the past few years to watch my friends publish their books, get agents, finish that book - and it’s at this conference that we celebrate the hard and fun work we all love to do. This year we had amazing faculty (we have amazing faculty every year, btw)! In the past I’ve learned from Laurie Halse Anderson, Judith Byron Schachner, even Lin Oliver. This year we were blown away by the crazy talent of Elana Arnold (Damsel), - literally blown away. She said she has synesthesia and it was amazing to listen to her speak about building tension. We also had fabulous and smart agents Kate Testerman (KT) and Molly O’Neill (Root) and editors Sylvie Frank and Tiffany Liao. What a lineup. Anyway, I’ll be in a quiet room just letting the ideas settle as I move from conference life to IRL. Until next year — or the next conference!
What a wonderful weekend full of discussions, readings, and workshops in Boulder, CO! I was lucky to lead a workshop for teens called From Fantastic Worlds to the Future: Writing YA SFF. The groups was wonderfully willing to go along with my odd writing exercises. (Thank you!). Lovely turn out.
The Colorado Authors Reading Series included Tree Bernstein, Reed Bye, Ramona Ausubel, and Marcia Douglas and myself. Marcia was one of my favorite teachers at CU when I was there for my master’s in creative writing. She’s the author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim. Ramona read a hilarious short story from her collection Awayland: Stories. My heart is full, and now fall has arrived and it’s a good time to write!
I am SO excited for the Zee Jaipur Lit Festival here in Boulder this September 21-22nd! This year I’ll be teaching a course for teens on writing YA science fiction and fantasy! I’ll also be reading from a current novel in the Colorado Author Series! Stay tuned for more details! The line up is amazing— so many stunning thinkers, authors, speakers that I’m going to be star-struck the whole weekend.
I am happy to announce that I will be reading at the Boulder Bookstore with two other local authors in October.
WHEN: October 14th 2:00PM
WHERE: Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO - On the Pearl Street Mall
Looking forward to seeing you there!