Valerie O. Patterson

credit: Anne Lord


Upcoming Events:

April 30, 2017. "Start'em When They're YA's." Panelist at Malice Domestic, Washington, DC.

Previous Events:

May 2, 2015. Malice Domestic Conference, Bethesda, MD. Moderator of Panel "Do You Know the Dewey Decimal System? Research," featuring Laura Bradford, Sujata Massey, Carolyn A. Mulford, and Laura Lebow.

May 1, 2015. Leesburg, VA. First Friday. "Keeping Your Reader Oriented," a presentation with Linda Budzinksi.

October 2014. Mid-Atlantic Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Fall Conference, Dulles, VA.

September 28, 2014. Presenting two workshops at JustWrite Writers Conference, Belcamp, MD: "Your Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel: How to Start--and Finish--your First Draft" and "Make Settings Come Alive: The Importance of Place." Will also serve on a panel on "Crossover Writing."

September 13, 2014. Panel discussion at the Smithsonian Associates. Writing Young- and New-Adult Fiction. Featuring Kathryn Johnson. Other panelists include Lamar Giles (Fake ID) , Diana Peterfreund (Secret Society series, Darkness Shows the Stars, and The Killer Unicorn), and Priscilla Cummings (Red Kayak and The Journey Back). See http:/​/​​Events

June 25, 2014 Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. Panelist on "Breaking into the Market" and "The Nitty-Gritty: Market Research, Writing Query Letters, To Agent or Not, Marketing via Blogs, etc."

May 4, 2014. Moderating Panel "Crossing the Line: Sleuths with Ethics Issues" at Malice Domestic mystery convention, Washington, D.C.

March 29, 2014 Cascades Library Authors' Event, Sterling, VA

March 1 2014 Christopher Newport University 33rd Annual Writers Conference. Workshops on "Places I Have Known" and "Beginning Your YA Novel"

October 26, 2013 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Mid-Atlantic Conference, Dulles, VA

October 17, 2013, Richmond Public Library, celebrating Virginia authors and young readers for teen read week. The authors included Kathryn Erskine, Meg Medina, Gigi Amateau, Lana Krumweide, A.B. Westrick, Hannah Barnaby, Steve Watkins, Madelyn Rosenberg, Sylvia Whitman, Susan Cokal, Erica Orloff, and Sarah Sullivan.

September 22, 2013 Fall for the Book, YA panel, One More Page, Falls Church, Virginia

Guest Blog Tour February 25 - March 11 2013

April 20, 2013: Bethesda Literary Festival

April 18, 2013: Virginia State Reading Association Conference, Panel on Fiction and Military Families with Sara Lewis Holmes

March 22, 2013: Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia

May 5, 2012: Washington County Reading Day, Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Maryland, from 10 - 3 pm.

March 27, 2012: School Visit SEED School of DC

October 16, 2011: Book Signing, Barnes and Noble, Morgantown, WV.

September 18, 2011: "YA Author's Panel" at One More Page in Arlington, Virginia, as part of the Fall for the Book Festival. Panelists include Pam Bachorz, Amy Brecount White, Sarah Collins Honenberger, and Jon Skovron. For more information, please see

July 28, 2011: "The Girls of Summer: A Conversation with Authors Who Celebrate Strong Girls." A panel with Gigi Amateau, Meg Medina, Steve Watkins, and Rebecca Lauren. 6:00-8:30 at the Children's Museum of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia.

June 24, 2011: "The Green Land of Adolescence: Writing the Young Adult Novel." Panelist with Virginia Euwer Wolff, Amanda Cockrell, and Heath Gibson. 11:00 - 12:15. Children's Literature Association conference, Roanoke, Virginia. For more information, see http:/​/​​chla_conference.html

May 21, 2011: Mid-Atlantic SCBWI New Member Welcome and Regional Get-together. Reston Regional Library: 11925 Bowman Towne Dr.2:00-2:45 Meet and Greet. 2:45-3:30: Panel on "The Creative Life: Navigating the Peaks and Valleys of Writing and Illustrating for Children" along with other panelists Lezlie Evans and Jackie Urbanovic. Moderated by Ellen Braaf.

May 12, 2011: Library of Virginia. "Books on Broad" Talk and Book Signing for The Other Side of Blue. 5:30 - 7:30 pm at The Virginia Shop.

May 7, 2011: Washington County Reading Day, Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Maryland, from 10 - 3 pm.

March 19, 2011: Panel participant on "YA Books: Great for All Ages" at the Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia. Thrilled to be with panelists Jacqueline Kelly (The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate), Tammar Stein (Kindred), Steve Watkins (Down Sand Mountain) and John Connolly (The Gates, The Book of Lost Things). For complete listings, please see

April 30, 2011: Moderator for panel on "Town and Country: How Setting Affects Story" at Malice Domestic mystery convention. Panelists include Donald Bain, Meredith Cole, Molly MacRae, Renee Paley-Bain, and Penny Warner. Panel begins at 10:15. Book signing afterward. See for more details.

June 30, 2010: Guest Speaker at Hollins University. Valerie Patterson M.F.A. '08, reads and talks about the craft and the road to publication of her debut YA novel, The Other Side of Blue.
June 30, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia

May 1, 2010: Panel participant on "Big Truths and Mini Sleuths: Agatha Best Non-Fiction and Children's/​Young Adult Nominees." 1:30 pm. Malice Domestic 22 mystery convention, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia. For more information on the conference, please see

April 2, 2010: Barnes and Noble, Pensacola, Florida. Author appearance/​book signing from 5-7 p.m.

January 17, 2010: Barnes and Noble, Reston, Virginia. Book talk and signing beginning at 1 p.m.

November 14, 2009: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference, Arlington, VA

November 7, 2009: Chesapeake Chapter, Sisters in Crime event and book signing, Kensington, MD. For more information on the Chesapeake Chapter, please see http:/​/​​meetings.htm.

October 2, 2009: An Overnight Success (after fifteen years of blood, sweat, tears, and workshops). Northern Virginia Writers, 2009 First Friday Events, Leesburg Town Hall, 25 Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176. 7:30 p.m.

Debut author Valerie Patterson—and Northern Virginia Writers Steering Committee member, former NVW Co-chair, Writer’s Center workshop alum, and Hollins MFA graduate—will share the stage with her agent, Sarah Davies, founder of Greenhouse Literary, a place “where writers grow,” and discuss the often circuitous path to publication.

Selected Works

"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family. -- Publisher's Weekly Junior Library Guild Selection 2013, VOYA Top Shelf Selection Middle School 2013
Teen Fiction
“A story tender and true...each word seems to shimmer.”
–Han Nolan, National Book Awardee

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