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Boston/New England Area Events

I always find a lot of great events around Boston, many of them book/writing-related. I always forget to invite people until the last minute, so have some Event Round-ups!

So here are some things on the calendar:

Bookbuilders Bowling Night

Where: Sacco’s Bowling Heaven in Davis Square

When: April 10th from 6-8pm

Cost: $6, and pre-register

Why?: Networking and bowling! Only $6. And bowling!  Continue reading

Author Panel: Rees Brennan, Black, and Bray

“I hate it when you wake up after a party and everyone’s dead.”

–Sarah Rees Brennan

I went to Burlington with the Boston Science Fiction and Fantasy Meet-up Group for an author panel last Friday. Glad I decided to get in on that action.

The writers of the night were Libba Bray, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Holly Black.

Once the authors arrived there was a lot of excitement from the crowd and banter from the stars of the night. Sarah did an interpretive dance of the plot of Libba’s Diviners.

Libba: “I don’t remember writing any of this. Can’t wait to see how it ends.”

We started with each author reading a short excerpt from their books. Diviners is about a flapper girl from the 1920’s with the special ability to get vibrations from objects. The prose was very flavorful and I love the Prohibition-era historic setting.

Sarah read from her novel Unspoken, which all of my friends have now read, so I think that one is next on my reading list. “I have to be standing for this because of reasons,” she said, as she began her reading. Libba spit out her Fiji water when Sarah began stripping.

I am intrigued.

It happened to be Sarah’s birthday, which might explain the delightful energy she had going on.

Next up was Holly Black. Since the closing book of Black’s Curseworkers trilogy Black Heart, has been out for six months, she gave us the special treat of reading from her current work in progress.  Continue reading

Boston GLOW: Fight Like a Girl

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the “Fight Like a Girl” panel. The event was put on by Boston Glow, an organization that fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens. Their latest endeavor is a scholarship contest encouraging young women to come up with local creative initiatives.

“Fight Like a Girl” was a panel of authors, many of whom debuted in 2012, discussing what it means to be a strong girl in young adult and middle grade fiction.

Strong women and girls in literature and the media is something I often talk about with friends, colleagues, and people with ears. It’s what I’m most passionate about as a writer. I’ve been holding off on posting on the topic because there are so many things I want to say, so let these authors say it for me.

AC Gaughen, author of Scarlet, was our moderator that evening. The discussion covered strong females, diversity in fiction, and even some tips on craft for the writers that were in attendance. Continue reading

Ignite Your Journey: Fuel America

Welcome to Boston’s newest American Coffeehouse


It looked like a retro poster from the post-World War 2 era, cryptic graffiti on the side of an empty retail building. It featured a man holding a gasoline dispenser. The caption was “FUEL: Ignite your journey.”

Then the paper went up on the windows and the wait began. Between the Boston College kids, young families, and aspiring writers in Brighton, another café has been sorely needed. I was ready for a new camping ground. Then, one magical day, it was open. The paper was down and the lights were on. I ran in like a crazed maniac that first morning and ordered my first iced latte to go.


Fuel America Café is everything you want your neighborhood coffee house to be. The coffee is fresh and the food is unique and delicious, number one. It’s spacious and open with high ceilings and a variety of different kinds of seating so you can decide whether you’d like to chat up the friendly coffee crew at the bevista bar, sit in the long white booth by the large picture windows, or in the quieter cozy corner of the library. Continue reading

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Why You Should Become a Member, if You’re not Already

I have a few friends who are just beginning to write for children, and I am going to reiterate to them that joining this organization was the best thing I could have done, even just starting out in my career as a children’s writer. I’ve been a member for two years and if you are serious about writing for children, or even just interested, the membership is so worth it.

Reasons to Join

1. Regional Conferences: I would argue this is the number one reason. Although they are a definite expense for me in my current economic class, it’s worth every penny. It’s a full weekend of writing workshops whose faculty include authors and publishers alike. Going to one of the regional conferences per year can get you feedback on your writing from your peers, agents, editors, and published authors. You could also be having lunch next to an agent. (Seriously. I thought that was a line they fed you. That actually happened to me last month.)

2. Resources: Being a member of SCBWI gives you access to grants for children’s writers, published and unpublished. If you’re looking for fellow writers to pow-wow with, they also have a listserv of open critique groups.

3. Networking: Every year, I come back from the NESCBWI conference with contacts for a lot of friendly folk to commiserate and celebrate with online until next year. I’m friends with a lot of writers, but there’s nothing quite like the chance to network with other writers in your specific genre.

You know who you are. You should join up.