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.
11:00am – 2:00pm @ Fenton’s Open Book, 105 W Shiawassee Ave, Fenton, MI 48430
Join me at Fenton’s Open Book for a booksigning and meet and greet.
The Michigan Writing Workshop
8:30am – 5:00pm @ Embassy Suites by Hilton, 19525 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI 48152
At this day-long Detroit area writing conference I will be teaching two workshops:
– 9:30am – 10:30am: Settings to Make Your Novel Unforgettable
– 2:45pm – 3:45pm: Traditional Publishing 101
The full schedule and slate of speakers (plus agents who will be taking pitches) can be found here. You can also sign up to have your first 10 pages critiqued. I hope if you are a Midwestern writer you will be able to join us for what promises to be an information-packed day!
We Hope for Better Things
2:00pm @ Detroit Public Library, Duffield Branch, 2507 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Join me at the Duffield Branch of the Detroit Public Library, about a mile from where the 1967 Riots started, to hear about my debut novel, We Hope for Better Things. And after the talk, maybe head just down the street to the Motown Museum! Register for this free event here.
Women’s Fiction Writers Association 5th Annual Writers Retreat
@ Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pairing her inspiring speaking style with practical interactive lessons and activities, novelist, speaker, and journalist Nicole Blades will help attendees find strength and encouragement from our own writing communities; expand our single-lens perspectives to develop empathy, compassion, and understanding that will power our stories, engage our audience, and attract a loyal readership; and use rejection to fuel our work instead of our doubts.
Talk – Grappling with History through Fiction
6:00pm @ Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174
Fiction is not simply an escape into another world. Some of our greatest social movements and achievements have been inspired or sustained by fiction. Novels have been instrumental in exposing injustice, raising moral questions, and suggesting solutions to crises. Join this lively discussion about the part fiction can play in our interior lives and in the life of our nation and world if we as readers take its lessons to heart.