Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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The Bookshelf, Madeira, OH
Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Saturday, March 17, 2018
*Special: The first hardcover copies of Not That I Could Tell will be available for purchase/signing in advance of official on-sale date!
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Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 p.m.
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Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, PA
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7 p.m.
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Books & Co., Dayton, OH
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7 p.m.
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Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (Faculty)
University of Dayton, OH
April 5-7, 2018
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MIND IF I JOIN YOU?

BOOK CLUBS
I attend private book club meetings fairly regularly, and am happy to join your group via Skype or even in person! Visit the contact page for discussion guide questions and to inquire about availability.
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CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS 
Looking for an experienced speaker or panelist who offers a seasoned editor’s expertise as well as a writer’s perspective? Contact me! Session topics include (not a complete list):
  • 10 Top Lessons From 10 Years of Bestselling Author Interviews: This session distills a decade of collected wisdom into the all-time best insights into the creative process, the writing life, the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Get new perspectives on revolutionizing your writing routine, following the path of your story, revising with the right mindset, persevering through rejection, and more—from award-winners and bestsellers including Alice Walker, David Sedaris, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwell, Khaled Hosseini, Brad Meltzer and Lisa Scottoline.
  • Acting Out of Character: Once you’ve established who your characters are, you can thicken your plot by giving them reasons to act out of character. (Think of the meek heroine who suddenly lashes out, the reliable parent who runs off, or the villain who shows an unexpected kindness—all make you want to know why.) Learn how this underutilized technique can be used on a large scale (propelling an entire plot) or a small one (adding twists, turns and interest) to create page-turners sure to satisfy.
  • How to Become a Regular Contributor to Any Publication: Becoming a regular contributor is the dream scenario in terms of steady paychecks, easier-to-come-by assignments, and more byline opportunities for freelance writers, and yet so many freelancers go about this the wrong way. This session teaches you how to make ANY assignment the first of many, build relationships with editors, recognize opportunities other writers miss, earn more money with less effort, and strengthen your freelance writing career without driving yourself query-crazy.
TESTIMONIALS
  • “Jessica delivered exactly what we look for in faculty for our writers’ conference – a luncheon keynote and instructional sessions that both inspired and elicited interaction. She was engaging, insightful and stimulating. Her presentations generated a memorable experience for our attendees and quite a number of “aha” moments. She was a delight.” —Jama Kehoe Bigger, Director, Midwest Writers Workshop
  • “Jessica delivered the kickoff ‘inspiration’ talk at the Saturday Seminar portion of our 32nd Annual Writers’ Workshop ... and an inspiration it was! Her carefully prepared, yet warmly delivered keynote offered plenty of reassurance, encouragement and guidance, coupled with practical how-tos and tips. After her presentation, Jessica also took questions from our audience of fifty-plus writers in a manner that was gracious, thoughtful and insightful. Jessica provided a winning combination: in-depth experience from years of working with the top authors of our day plus a humble presentation style that conveyed that we’re all on this writing journey together equaled exactly what our audience of beginning to more advance writers needed: inspiration and roll-up-your sleeves techniques that set a positive, energizing tone for our whole conference. Our post conference survey results showed that Jessica is one of the most popular speakers we’ve engaged. I would gladly recommend Jessica as a speaker for any writing conference, and look forward to having her back in the future at our conference.” —Sharon Short, Executive Director, Antioch Writers’ Workshop
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PAST EVENTS

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (Sponsor Representative)
University of Dayton, Ohio, March 31 – April 2, 2016

5th Annual Books-in-Progress Conference (Featured Speaker)
Carnegie Center, Lexington, Kentucky, June 3, 2016

Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Almost Missed You Launch / Signing!)
Rookwood Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

March 28, 2017, 7 p.m.

Penguin Bookshop (Almost Missed You Launch / Signing)
Sewickley, PA

April 6, 2017, 6 p.m.

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH

April 8, 2017

Colorado Springs, CO

May 5-6, 2017

May 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

Erlanger, KY

May 16, 2017, 7 p.m.

Antioch Writers’ Workshop LitSalon (Featured Author)

May 21, 2017, 4-7 p.m.

Green Tree Public Library (Joint Event With Author Rebecca Drake)

Pittsburgh, PA

June 29, 2017, 7 p.m. (discussion of my Almost Missed You, Rebecca’s Only Ever You and the domestic suspense trend, followed by Q&A and book signing)

Oakmont, PA

July 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Antioch Writers’ Workshop (Instructor)

Yellow Springs, OH

July 8, 2017 (daytime workshop + evening faculty signing)

Midwest Writers Workshop (Keynote Speaker / Panelist)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

July 20-22, 2017

Main Campus, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH

August 1, 2017, 7 p.m.

Florence Freedom Better in a Book Night (Celebration of Local Authors at the Ballpark)
UC Health Stadium, Florence, KY

August 4, 2017, 7 p.m.

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, Lexington, KY

August 10, 2017, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Info / Registration ($30 Fee)

Writer’s Digest Conference (Speaker / Sponsor Staff / Panelist)
New York Hilton Midtown, NY, NY
August 18-20, 2017
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Free & Open to the Public!
Discussion, Q&A, Signing (With Authors Charlie Lovett & Fred McGavran) 
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2944 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, OH
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1 p.m.
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