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.



Lansing Book Launch Event – Talk and Book Signing
7:00pm @ Schuler Books & Music, Meridian Mall, 1982 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI 48864

I’ll share how I learned to see through new eyes as I researched and wrote We Hope for Better Things, which Publishers Weekly called “…a deeply moving story of heartbreak, long-held secrets, and the bonds of family.” The short talk will touch on both national and Michigan history, including the Detroit riot of 1967, and be followed by a Q&A session and booksigning. Also, snacks. Hope to see you there!

MARCH (exact date TBA)

Talk – The Peculiar Joy of the Printed Book
Time TBA @ City of East Tawas Library, 760 Newman St, East Tawas, MI 48730

Whether you read on your phone, with an e-reader, listen to audio books, or turn actual pages with your fingers, I’m happy you’re reading. But there are qualities and characteristics of the printed book that make it a form I believe will never entirely disappear. In this talk, I take book lovers on a journey through the history of the printed book—the novel in particular—discussing how books as artifacts can teach us about ourselves and our history, and offering warnings about what we lose when we switch to digital.


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!


Women’s Fiction Writers Association 5th Annual Writers Retreat
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.



Grand Rapids Book Launch Event – Talk and Book Signing
7:00pm @ Baker Book House,  2768 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Book talk, Q&A, and signing. Thanks to all who attended!