Previous Events

Shallow vs. Deep POV – ACFW Workshop Speaker

Georgetown, TX
08/11/2018 10:00 am08/11/2018 12:00 pm
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What's the difference between a shallow and a deep point of view for fictional characters? This workshop defines and explores these differences by presenting three enemies that hinder, and four tips that can help deepen a character’s POV. The workshop includes a Powerpoint to illustrate the concepts presented and to stimulate discussion. Handouts and prompts will also be provided, allowing writers time to process and practice the items discussed. Length: approximately 60 minutes

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Rio Del Mar School Visit

Aptos, CA
10/21/2016 10:00 am10/21/2016 5:00 pm

I got to meet students at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. I had great interactions with them regarding inspiration and motivation in writing, and in life in general. I also loved watching their campus video via a drone. Notice the ocean in the background of this picture!s at Rio Del Mar in Aptos, CA. I had great interactions with them regarding inspiration and motivation in writing, and in life in general. I also loved watching their campus video via a drone. Notice the ocean in the background of this picture!

Union Middle School

10/13/2016 10:00 am10/13/2016 5:00 pm

I recently spoke at Union Middle School where students posted questions for me using an online tool called TodaysMeet.

Polish Festival

09/18/2016 10:00 am09/18/2016 5:00 pm

I recently had the pleasure of signing books from book one of my WWII series,Rising Hope, at St. Brother Albert Chmielowski’s church.

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Book Launch – The Silver Coin

08/31/2016 10:00 am08/31/2016 11:59 pm

Lawson Middle School

10/12/2015 10:00 am10/13/2016 2:00 pm

Usually when I visit a school, I sign and sell books to the students during break and lunch. At Lawson, however, they organized it differently. They took preorders before I came so that I had the students' names legibly written down and knew how many books to bring for the school, and the staff collected the monies beforehand. This allowed me to quickly meet with each student purchasing a book and sign it for them after each talk instead of waiting until snack break or lunch to sign the books. As at Kennedy MS, we met in the library, 2-3 classes at a time for their class periods over a two-day timeframe.Then, during snack break and lunch, only the students who wanted to meet with me personally were allowed to come to the library, and I had the time to sit with them in smaller groups to answer questions, chat, take photos with them. Several of them took photos (they all had a iPad!!) of the artifacts. What a fun two days at Lawson!

Kennedy Middle School

10/01/2015 12:00 pm10/02/2015 12:00 am

Oct. 1 and 2 I got to visit with the 6th graders at Kennedy Middle School (there are 600 of them!) and shared what it’s like to be a writer. I also showed them my 3,000-year-old bronze dagger, Egyptian alabaster jar, and Phoenician coin. We met in small groups of 60 so the students would have more “hands on” time with the artifacts. We also talked about having dreams and the persistence needed to pursue those dreams. One of the students was wearing the top in the above picture, and I pointed it out as a great slogan for what we were talking about. The next day she brought the shirt back so I could take a picture of it. What a sweet student!

SCBWI Writer’s Conference

07/30/2015 10:00 am08/01/2015 12:00 am

I’ll be in Los Angeles July 30 - Aug. 1 for the SCBWI writer’s conference. I’m looking forward to soaking up more about writing, and mingling with other authors, agents and publishers - because writing can be a lonely profession!

Author’s Night, Holy Spirit School

San Jose, CA
03/12/2015 10:00 am03/12/2015 12:00 pm

, March 12, 2015

Brian 3 15 HS
I recently spoke at Holy Spirit School in San Jose, CA for their Author’s Night where I shared with parents, teachers and students about being an author. I’ve always dreamed of being an author. I shared how dreams can be like a hard boiled egg. They are hard to crack, messy to unpeel, but worth the effort. I love meeting with students, teachers and parents!

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Challenge Your Creativity

School Assemblies
11/01/2014 10:00 am11/30/2014 5:00 pm

One of my critique partners, Rick Crawford, aka Ricky Bruce, and I held two assemblies for 1st-8th grade students at Alma Heights in Pacifica in November. When we addressed the 1st-4th grade students, we had them volunteer for “challenges” (singing, acting, walking with a book on their head), and then spoke on the challenges of reading and writing. We shared about challenges we’ve faced in writing, read a few paragraphs from our books, and then had time for questions and book signing. For the older students, we conducted a science experiment that involved lighting a match and dropping it into a bottle in order to create a vacuum that would suck the egg into the bottle. We then related the scientific principles illustrated in the experiment to principles students can employ when challenging their creativity. We also gave examples from our writing experiences of how we've dealt with challenges to our creativity and how applying the principles we shared made our writing stronger. Thanks, Alma Heights, for your warm reception and the chance to visit your beautiful city on the coast!

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Linden Tree Book Signing

Los Altos Linden Tree Books
10/03/2014 6:00 pm10/03/2014 8:00 pm

The Book Talk at Los Altos' Linden Tree Books brought together four different authors writing in four different genres. Many thanks to the community-minded booksellers at Linden Tree who made it possible. They even served punch and cookies! I highly recommend a visit to Linden Tree Books. One boy who bought The Bronze Dagger after the book talk later informed me via his mom that he "loved the book, thought it was cool," and told all his school friends about it. I was so excited to hear that because Bryan is exactly the kind of person I wrote the book for - boys who don't usually like to read!

Hicklebee’s Book Signing

08/23/2014 7:00 pm08/23/2014 10:00 pm

Hicklebee's was bursting with people and fun at our recent book signing! If you missed it, join us Monday, Oct. 3 at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos from 6-8pm.

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Hicklebee’s Bookstore Local Author Book Signing

San Jose
08/23/2014 2:00 pm08/23/2014 4:00 pm

Hicklebee's Bookstore in San Jose will sponsor a Local Author book signing day Saturday, August 23 at 2pm.

Spring 2014 School Visits

04/28/2014 10:00 am05/09/2014 1:00 pm

April 28 I visited classrooms at Union Middle School in San Jose. I loved being in the classroom again with students, talking about writing and answering their questions. Of course, as usual, they loved seeing the 3,000-year-old dagger up close!

On May 9, Rick Crawford and I shared our books with students at Morgan Hill Christian Assembly school. At the Morgan Hill event, the moms had a "tea" with their sons (although a few girls came). After the tea, Rick and I shared about writing, about our books, and then had a book signing. It was great being with the kids, and also interacting with the parents. We'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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