I had a fabulous time Friday, February 7, 2020, catching up with other children's authors at the CCIRA Literacy Conference, one of the largest literacy events in the state of Colorado. Below I am presenting one of my books to a lucky raffle winner.
After wrapping up with the other children's authors at the SCBWI booth, I changed hats (not really, I kept the hat) and manned the booth for ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association) talking to teachers about dyslexia.
I met so many friendly and wonderful educators. I can't wait for next year's event.
September 22, 2018 - I flew to sunny San Diego to give a presentation for their IDA branch on "Story Frames." I took a side trip to Moonlight Beach and the Shwarma Gardens.
November 2017 was a little crazy with a presentation on Friday morning in Atlanta for the IDA national conference and a presentation the next day on Saturday on the same topic for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's Annual Conference in Los Angeles - "Story Frames: Using Story Structure to Improve Writing, Comprehension and Executive Functions." Paula Moraine and I squeezed in a book signing after our presentation and before I hopped on a plane for the west coast.
October 2017 I took a wonderful trip to beautiful Vail, Colorado where I gave two presentations for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association - One was on Storytelling and Executive Functions and the other was entitled Adventures in Verse.
October 28, 2016 - I presented with Paula Moraine, M.A., at the Annual IDA Conference in Orlando Florida - "Using Story Schema to Improve Reading, Writing and Executive Function Skills." I still managed to make it over to Epcot Center one afternoon for some fun and relaxation with new friends.
February 2015 - I had great fun presenting a 3-hour writing workshop at the Annual Conference for the Southwest Branch of IDA for students with dyslexia with APS OT and Technology Coordinator, Megan Shanley and High School English Teacher, Stan Shanley. By the end of the session the students had so many wonderful and creative stories to share.
November 12-16, 2014 - San Diego, CA - International Dyslexia Conference
I flew to beautiful San Diego, CA for the annual IDA conference. I'm the program planning chairman for the 2016 conference of our local Southwest Branch of IDA, so I took the opportunity to scout out presenters. There was still plenty of time to take morning runs along the marina. (Read More)
In addition to hanging out in the exhibit hall with authors like my good friend Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (above), I attended the Coffee Klatch on Sunday morning. It's like Speed Dating with librarians. (Read More)
February 2, 2013 - The Woodlands, TX - Montgomery Book Festival
I was invited to the Montgomery Book Festival to serve on a panel of authors of Contemporary Young Adult Fiction. Jonathan Maberry (above) was the keynote speaker and several zombies were present. (Read More)
I travelled with several New Mexico Young Adult authors to give a panel presentation at YALSA. Our topic was A Matter of Facts and Fiction: Giving Teens a Research Edge through YA Author Panels. (Read More)
April 2012 - Chicago, Ill - International Reading Association
Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire was the topic of an all day panel I organized for the 2012 IRA Conference. (Read More)
February 2012 - Albuquerque, NM - School To World
Great fun manning the booth for SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Some of the Lobos were kind enough to stop by for a photo with our book display. (Read More)
Pictured above with author Dian Curtis Regan during the Young Authors Luncheon. We were invited to give writing workshops for the Young Writers Festival. (Read More)