Writing conferences, workshops, and author readings are a great source of learning and inspiration. These gatherings provide me with insights about craft, ideas for new stories, and advice on how to handle the challenges of making writing my life’s work. They offer opportunities for creative collaboration and artistic alliances—these are places where we can come together. I also attend and participate in writing workshops and conferences to connect with my fellow writers and support the writing community.

If you are aware of other gatherings, please contact me; I am happy to share this information with my readers.



  • November 1-3: NonfictioNOW in Phoenix, AZ
  • September 5, 2018: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
  • May 15-21, 2018: Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat, Montpelier, VT
  • April 12-14, 2018: Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • March 7-10, 2018: Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Tampa, Florida.
  • February 26, 2018: Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, St. Joseph County Library, South Bend, IN.



  • Family stories from the attic coverMay 13, 2017 – You are invited to a book launch and reading for the anthology, Family Stories from the Attic, at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company on 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211.  I will read from my essay, Without Words, which is included in this collection of stories, essays, and poetry, published by Hidden Timber Books.





  • February 9-11, 2017 – Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • January 26, 2017 – Claudia Rankine and Solmaz Sharif were at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN as part of the Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading. There was an  afternoon Q and A session and a reading later that evening. Rankine is a 2016 recipient of the MacArthur Award; her book Citizen was a National Book Award finalist. Sharif is a poet and lecturer at Stanford University.