Mar
4
8:30 am08:30

Serendipity 2017: From Beginning to End (Life, Death, and Everything In Between)

  • UBC Ike Barber Library

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.

 

Jun
17
6:30 pm18:30

All that Jazz at the Seattle Public Library

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.

 

Jun
10
7:00 am07:00

SCBWI Florida

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!

Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

In Conversation with the Comma Queen

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!

How to Query a Literary Agent
Apr
17
2:00 pm14:00

How to Query a Literary Agent

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. 

A Kansas City adventure
Mar
10
Mar 12

A Kansas City adventure

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.

Feb
11
Feb 15

SCBWI NY Annual Conference

I'll be blogging from NYC at this annual conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. 

Sunset Club Lecture: Language, literature, and responsibility
Jan
27
11:00 am11:00

Sunset Club Lecture: Language, literature, and responsibility

  • Sunset Club

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.

Oct
25
3:00 pm15:00

Sorry Not Sorry - Comedy Night

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.

Taping of That Stack of Books
Oct
18
6:30 pm18:30

Taping of That Stack of Books

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.

Midwest Writers Workshop
Jul
25
8:30 am08:30

Midwest Writers Workshop

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. 

Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati
Jun
21
5:00 pm17:00

Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati

  • Joseph-Beth Booksellers

After stuffing our faces with Graeter's, we'll have a bit of classic jazz music, talk about the story behind The Game of Love and Death, and have fun celebrating the book at one of Martha's favorite stores.