From book talks and signings to writing conferences and workshops to book clubs and retreats, here are just some of the places you can find me throughout the year. If you see me anywhere, I hope you’ll introduce yourself! I love meeting readers and writers, talking about books, and sharing whatever wisdom I can to help aspiring writers along the way. Check back every so often as new events are added. Email me at erinbartelswrites@gmail.com to set up your event.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY 2
Author Talk & Booksigning – Baker Book House – Grand Rapids, MI
7:00pm-8:00pm EST – Join me at Baker Book House on East Paris near 28th Street to hear about my newest release, Everything Is Just Beginning, get your questions answered, and get your books signed! I’ll even bring my guitar to play a couple songs from the book. REGISTER HERE to get the Zoom link to attend virtually if you can’t make it in person!

FEBRUARY 16
Author Talk & Booksigning – 2 Dandelions Bookshop – Brighton, MI
6:30pm-7:30pm EST – Join me at 2 Dandelions in charming downtown Brighton to hear about my newest release, Everything Is Just Beginning, get your questions answered, and get your books signed! I’ll even bring my guitar to play a couple songs from the book.

MARCH 9
Author Talk & Booksigning – Sleepy Dog Books – Mt. Pleasant, MI
7:00pm-8:00pm EST – Join me at Sleepy Dog Books in delightful downtown Mt. Pleasant to hear about my newest release, Everything Is Just Beginning, get your questions answered, and get your books signed! I’ll even bring my guitar to play a couple songs from the book.

MARCH 10
High School Visit – Farwell, MI (private event)
I am so delighted to be a guest at a high school English class that has used my debut novel, We Hope for Better Things, as one of its texts this year. I’ll be talking to students about the themes of the book, the periods of American history it touches on, and the state of race relations and reconciliation in our country. I’ll also be talking about being a writer and showing them how it is a viable vocational option for anyone from any background.

APRIL 15
Rally of Writers – LCC West Campus – Lansing, MI
8:30am-4:00pm EST – I am so excited to be back at Michigan’s longest running writers conference! In the morning I will be conducting the extremely popular First Page critique (last year it was standing room only, so get your seat early) where you have a chance to get your first page read aloud and critiqued in the moment (believe me, it sounds awful but it’s so helpful when you are hoping to attract agents and editors). In the afternoon, I will be teaching my Writing with Empathy workshop (see full description on this page) for all those any times we find ourselves writing outside of our own personal experience. See the full slate of speakers and topics here.

JUNE 29
Publishing 101 Workshop – St. Clair County Library System – Port Huron, MI
6:30pm-8:00pm EST – Aspiring authors! Join me at the Dodge Auditorium in Port Huron for a thorough overview of the traditional publishing process and a survey of self-publishing options. We’ll talk pros and cons, how to avoid problems and pitfalls, and how to get your writing into the best shape possible before querying agents or hiring editors to save you time, money, and wasted effort. Anyone who is thinking of pursuing publication of their work would benefit from this workshop! Plus, you know, Port Huron in the summer. Ahhhh…