WorldCon writing & submitting panel

My second panel is now on the draft schedule for WorldCon 75, and this one is about when it's time to stop fussing over your stories and get them out into the world. And, honestly, don't come to this one to hear me talk--come to this one to hear the wisdom of the other amazing panelists!

Thursday, August 10 at 12:00

Messukeskus 101d

Just Send It!: When to Stop Rewriting and Just Get Your Work Out There

Ken LiuKali WallaceEllen DatlowKatri Alatalo

The plot works, the character interactions and dialogue flow well but, there's just "one or two more things" you need to fix. This way lies madness. Edits and rewrites are part of the writing process but at some point you need to stop polishing your work and submit it. Our panelists offer advice on figuring out where that point is and getting enough confidence in your work to submit it.

WorldCon YA panel

The preliminary WorldCon 75 schedule is online, so I can announce my participation in the following panel! (As always, details may change.) I am very excited for this chance to talk about representation and diversity of stories in young adult literature. If you're going to be at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki in a few weeks, stop by to join the conversation!

Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 in Messukeskus 203a


Marguerite KennerLaura LamPeadar Ó GuilínKali Wallace

Are asexual characters well - or at all - represented in YA fiction? Is romance such an integral component of Young Adult fiction that it simply cannot be left out at all?

The Foundry: A Literary Reading Series

On Saturday, June 10, I will be reading at The Foundry #5, a literary reading event hosted by San Diego's So Say We All, a literary and performing arts organization. The Foundry is once again taking over the Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa, CA. The readings will begin at 7 p.m. I'll be there along with writers Matt Young, Hari Alluri, Elizabeth Marro, and Steph Cha.

Please join us for an evening of literature and food and drinks! Everybody is welcome.

The Foundry #5 - Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

Public Square Coffee House

8278 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

March 11 at Mysterious Galaxy

Join me and fellow YA authors Elizabeth Briggs and Emily Skrutskie this Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego! It's part of Elizabeth's tour to launch her novel FUTURE THREAT, and we'll be talking about speculative fiction world-building in a changing world, writing kickass female characters, and the ups and downs of being an author. 

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m.

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111

First Draft Live! Halloween event in Pasadena

I am happy to announce that I will participating in First Draft Live!, an author panel put together by Sarah Enni of the First Draft podcast.

The first live event will take place at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA, at 2 p.m. on October 31. I will be there with the incredible YA writers Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites) and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) to talk about scary stories and why we love them. 

If you're in the Los Angeles area on Halloween and want to meet some great writers and readers of spooky stories, come on out to join us!