Join me, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and other favorite Scholastic Authors at this event, jointly hosted by Eagle Harbor Book Company and Liberty Bay Books. (More details to come!)
Join me, Samantha Berger, and Dave Pressler for some hair-raising reading, a giant puppet and photographic fun at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove. We'll read BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BIGFOOT and other hilarious titles, hand out stickers and bookmarks, and enjoy one of the last summer Saturdays before school starts up again.
More details to come, but I'll be part of this great event!
I'm thrilled to be speaking with 250 wonderful Texas librarians about the range of my work, from fiction to nonfiction for kids at all reading levels.
I'll be one of two dozen or so authors meeting booksellers and consumers at each table, talking about books and answering questions about books, writing, and—if my dream come true—puppies.
Learn how to write a sparkling query letter and get an agent’s attention, with novelist and nonfiction writer Martha Brockenbrough.
Knowing how to talk about your work and make it compelling is vital when you’re looking for an agent. Learn what to do—and what to avoid—when querying. We’ll also take a look at writing a synopsis of your book.
I'll be on the faculty for this regional conference for children's writers and illustrators.
I'll be speaking to this outstanding group of children's and young adult librarians in Tacoma, Washington.
I'll be ringing in the holiday season with Random House author Susan Adrian, who wrote NUTCRACKED!
We'll have music, cookies, and lots of good cheer.
The First 500 Words
Every word in a book is important, but few are more vital to nail than the first 500 words. It’s a surprisingly complex endeavor, and Martha Brockenbrough will show you the six elements you need to master to attract the attention of a literary agent or editor. What’s more, developing the same elements throughout your book will make the work as a whole stronger.
Martha Brockenbrough writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers and adults. Her novel The Game of Love and Death won a Washington State Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Forthcoming titles include Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, the first young-adult biography of the founding father. She teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts writing for children and young adults MFA program.
I'll be giving a keynote speech and more at this fantastic conference for Ohio teachers.
My pal Lish McBride and I are going to make you laugh, cry, and maybe even throw up a little bit in your mouths at the fantastic Liberty Bay Bookstore in Poulsbo, WA. Don't miss it.
I'll be celebrating the great work of readers in this Silverdale School District.
Serendipity 2017 looks to the stages of development between childhood and teenage years, from the humorous antics of Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s exploration of young life during the Holocaust in A Night Divided, and Martha Brockenbrough’s Game of Love and Death, a tale of destiny and personal choice throughout various times and places. The work of these three phenomenal artists, from picture books to nonfiction to historical novels, will make you laugh, cry, and think about humanity in surprising ways.
More details to come. I will be available for a school visit on Friday.
I'll be thanking The Seattle Public Library's volunteers for their amazing support of the Library and the community. We'll start with a jazz concert featuring Lucy Berliant, and then I'll talk about The Game of Love and Death, how I researched it, and how libraries are invaluable support for the arts. This is a private event for invited volunteers and their guests.
I'll be talking about the craft of writing YA novels in an all-day session at the SCBWI Florida conference at Disneyworld. Come for my talk--and then exorcise your demons in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion!
How do you write a query letter, find an agent or get more involved in the writing community. We’ll discuss the writing process, finding our way to our best writing genre, and defining success in a writing career.
Join me at this spectacular bookstore for live music, and we'll chat about what went into the writing of THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH.
I'll be joining some of my favorite authors at this outstanding festival for readers. More details to come!
I'm spending two days with the students and community at this private day school in Sismbury, CT.
Mary Norris, a long-time copy editor at The New Yorker, will join me at University Bookstore (branch TBD) to talk about grammar and other aspects of language. Come geek out with us!
The Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library is hosting this event as part of its Seattle Writes program, and I'll teach you how to write a query and a synopsis that puts your work in the best possible light for literary agents.
I'm stopping by the Mill Creek Library to talk about THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH with their mother-daughter book club. Join us!
I'll be doing several events with the Johnson County Library in Kansas City: an evening at the library, a school visit, and a book club chat. Join me if you can, and stay tuned for more details.
I'm thrilled to be one of 15 authors at this fundraiser for literacy in King County, where I grew up.
I'll be blogging from NYC at this annual conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
Here's the official description:
Language and literature: What no one ever taught you about grammar, and the obligations of readers and writers in an ever-changing world
Martha Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and the author of several books for children, teens, and adults. Her latest novel, The Game of Love and Death, is an interracial love story set in Seattle in the 1930s, and was selected by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the year’s top 10 romances, and is a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize.
Stay tuned for more details.
I'll be with a wonderful group of YA authors in Portland. Schedule yet to come, but I can't wait!
All writers get bad reviews. Some are so bad, they're funny. A group of YA authors will read the best of the worst and talk about what it means to have your work publicly savaged. Suckers and cupcakes will be provided.
I'm honored to be the guest at the book club for this all-girls' school in Seattle.
Join me, Steve Scher, and Nancy Pearl for a taping of That Stack of Books. The show will be about grammar and puns and other things that make word nerds laugh.
Join me all weekend at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. More events as I get my schedule.
I'll be at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association's celebratory dinner.
I'll be in Austin Texas for a few days celebrating the fact that THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. If you're there, please say hello!
I'm moderating this panel of multi-published authors discuss their writing processes and adventures in publishing. They'll share solid tips on making your book the best it can be -- and getting it into the hands of readers.
I'm joining the faculty of this Muncie, Indiana workshop and plan to offer an intensive five-hour workshop on various aspects of novel writing, followed by a few one-hour lectures. Stay tuned for details about these.
For this, I'll shine up my National Grammar Day founder badge and show how knowing grammar rules lets writers break them in ingenious and work-transforming ways.
We're not in this business alone: Sabrina York, another TBA author and I will talk about how to cultivate a writing community, and how it can help your career.
More details to come.