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Upcoming Events:

October 2019, SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference, Sterling, VA

Previous Events:


May 4, 2019, "Murder with a Sense of Place." Panel Moderator at Malice Domestic Mystery Convention, Washington, DC


May 1, 2019, Parent-Teen Book Club featuring Operation Oleander, Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, VA


March 6, 2019, School Visit to Center City PCS, Brightwood Campus, through the Writers in Schools Program, PEN-Faulkner Foundation, Washington, DC 


October 2018, Conference Co-chair, SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference, Sterling, VA


October 2017, Conference Co-chair, SCBWI Mid-Atlantic Fall Conference, Sterling VA


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


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

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