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.


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Book Club – Bestsellers Books, Mason, MI
6:15pm EST – I’ll be chatting and answering questions about my novel All That We Carried with the book club that meets at Bestsellers Books & Coffee in lovely downtown Mason. Contact the store to find out more about the book club.

The Faithful Crossover Writer – panel discussion hosted by Baker Book House – Online
7:00pm-9:00pm EST – Too Christian for secular readers. Too secular for Christian readers. What’s a crossover writer of faith to do? Are some topics (or words) off-limits? Who sets those limits? And, perhaps most importantly, are those limits rooted in Scripture or are they cultural holdovers from the eras of Queen Victoria and June Cleaver? Novelists Kathleen Basi, Rachel Mans McKenny, and Erin Bartels discuss these questions and more as they attempt to navigate the fraught world of publishing fiction written from a worldview steeped in the Christian faith that doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional Christian Fiction genre. Register for this FREE online event here.

WFWA’s Annual Writers Retreat, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is proud to bring agent, teacher, and author Donald Maass to Albuquerque for our annual retreat (west) for three days of working on the craft of writing, networking, socializing, and mutual love and support. This members-only event is full. Click here to learn more about WFWA and our many programs.

Library Journal Day of Dialog – Fiction: Aiming to Heal panel discussion – Online
3:30pm-4:30pm EST – I’ll be joining authors Jodi Picoult, Vanessa Miller, Xavier Navarro Aquino, and Weike Wang for a virtual panel to discuss stories that help us heal from trauma of various kinds as part of Library Journal‘s popular, long-running librarian-only gathering.

St. Luke Book Club – Haslett, MI (private event)
3:00pm-4:00pm EST – Discussing The Words between Us

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water Book Launch Event – Grand Rapids, MI
7:00pm EST – Join me at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids to celebrate the release of my fourth novel! I’ll talk about the book, do a short reading, take your questions, sign your books, and give you prizes just for being you and being there. 🙂  Everyone who comes gets entered into a raffle to win an original print from Dutch fine art photographer Eva van Oosten whose beautiful photography graces the cover of the novel. Bring a friend to get entered twice (both you and your friend)!

Rally of Writers – Lansing, MI
9:00pm-4:00pm EST – Rally is back! I’ll be teaching one of my most popular workshops, Revising Like a Pro, and critiquing first pages. More info to come as we get closer to the event. Learn more about A Rally of Writers here.


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