Where Judith has been and where she’s going…
January 14 Library Con. Lac La Biche County Libraries. Lac La Biche, AB. Do you like science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, comics, gaming, or anime? Then come join us at our Library Con! This is a pop culture convention taking place during our Winter Reading Club.
October (various dates): Young Alberta Book Society TALEBLAZERS Lit Fest. Presenting to schools and public libraries across Alberta including.
May 7-14: TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Province where I’m touring: NOVA SCOTIA. “Twenty-nine Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada throughout the week. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Over 28,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, in partnership with the Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, and is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and funders.”
February 20: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. Screenwriting, Heroes Without Capes, and Fiction to DIE For workshops.
January 22-23 Library Con. Lac La Biche County Libraries. Lac La Biche, AB. Do you like science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, comics, gaming, or anime? Then come join us at our Library Con! This is a pop culture convention taking place during our Winter Reading Club.
October 26: Teacher Institute Day. Lakeland Catholic District. Cold Lake, AB. FANFIC IN THE CLASSROOM: Join local author Judith Graves (published by Bloomsbury Spark, Orca Book Publishers, Leap Books, and Compass Press) in this introduction to Fan Fiction, or fanfic. Fanfic consists of writing stories with already established characters from pop culture (TV shows, movies, gaming, the classics, etc). For example, you could write a Doctor Who story taking the Doctor on a new adventure, or mashing-up characters from different worlds. The possibilities are endless. Judith was recently hired (along with several other writers) to beta test a new fanfic collaborative writing community and has learned how this format can be used to generate interest in writing – especially for those who struggle with traditional creative writing assignments.
October 19-23: Retribution Book Tour. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Cold Lake, AB. Team Retribution (Judith Graves, Sigmund Brouwer, Natasha Deen) will be presenting at schools across Alberta, promoting their love of literacy as well as launching their new trilogy with Orca Book Publishers.
October (various dates): Young Alberta Book Society TALEBLAZERS Lit Fest. Presenting to schools and public libraries across Alberta including: Mary Butterworth School (Edmonton), Confluence Campus Library (Red Deer), Tofield Public Library (Tofield), Wainwright High School (Wainwright), Notre Dame High School (Bonnyville), Dr. Brosseau Middle School (Bonnyville), St. Dominic’s Elementary School (Cold Lake), Holy Cross Elementary School ( Cold Lake).
May 27-31: Book Expo America, New York, NY. Signing advance reader copies of EXPOSED (Retribution Trilogy) at the Orca Book Publishers booth, meeting bloggers and fellow authors at the Blogger/Author Meet Up that I organized, spreading the word about Leap Books, and documenting my travels on Instagram.
April 20: Kehewin High School. Kehewin, Alberta. FICTION TO DIE FOR presentations to grades 7-12.
February 21: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. THE BONES OF THE STORY: Screenwriting and FICTION TO DIE FOR workshops
October 31: Virtual visit to the Red Deer Public Library during their fantastical After Hours Adults Halloween Party where, “Literary characters and cosplay are encouraged.”
October 25: Cold Lake Zombie Walk. Cold Lake, Alberta. Organizing the first zombie walk fundraisor in my home town. Proceeds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
August 15: Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference. Helena, Montana. Speaking as a keynote during the Young Reader’s Choice Awards (YRCA) program Author Luncheon.
March 21: JR Robson High School. Vermilion, AB. Four hour long sessions with grades 7-12 students. I’ll be talking writing craft, screenwriting, and more!
February 22: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. THE BONES OF THE STORY: Screenwriting and FICTION TO DIE FOR workshops
I’ll be sharing my experience writing scripts for film and television and offering tips on the craft of screenwriting. We will delve into how to plot a script using my outline structure, The Bones of the Story. From gripping logline to epic showdown, I’ll provide students with the foundation they’ll need to create their own dreadfully cool scripts. Fiction to Die for: this horror writing session will help you dig deep and unearth the killer themes lurking in your horror and thriller fiction. This genre isn’t just writing tales of blood and guts – it’s creating fiction to DIE for. Learn how to get under your reader’s skin, play on their primal fears, and hold mirrors up to their own inner monsters. These FANGtasic tips will keep your readers turning the page…to the dire end.
October 24-27: Surrey International Writers Conference. Surrey, BC. This conference has been on my list of “MUST DOs” for a long time. Wonderful to be attending this year and I can’t wait for all the fantastic sessions and opportunities to hang out with writerly folk. I’ll be signing books at the conference Book Fair – open to the general public!
July 16: Cold Lake Public Library. Cold Lake, AB. Joined the library book club for a question and answer session about Under My Skin. So thrilled they took UMS on as one of their reads.
February 23: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. THE BONES OF THE STORY: Screenwriting and FICTION TO DIE FOR workshops
I’ll be sharing my experience writing scripts for film and television and offering tips on the craft of screenwriting. We will delve into how to plot a script using my outline structure, The Bones of the Story. From gripping logline to epic showdown, I’ll provide students with the foundation they’ll need to create their own dreadfully cool scripts.
January 28: Family Literacy Night. Dr. Bernard Brosseau School, Bonnyville, AB. As a guest speaker, I’ll be doing a reading from my steampunk short story, The Steadfast Steam Soldier, published in Winter Wonders, and discussing the trip to Europe that inspired the tale.
December 14: The Bones of the Story (St. Dominic Elementary, Cold Lake, Alberta) I’ll be chatting with grade 6 students about story structure and creating your own superhero – the singing of theme songs may be required.
October 22: Screenwriting to DIE for / Author Visits to DIE for – ATA Institute Day for Lakeland Catholic and Northern Lights School Disticts. Cold Lake, Alberta. Two separate 90min workshops that will hopefully inspire teachers to incorporate screenwriting techniques and script reading into their classrooms, as well as feature the beauty that is a Skype author visit.
July 3: Introduction to Screenwriting. Cold Lake Public Library (6pm Grand Centre Branch. Adult Program)
May 3-6th: Alberta Association of Library Technicians Annual Conference. Canmore, AB. Author Visits to DIE for. Judith Graves offers an overview of what makes a virtual author visit successful, the technology basics, and how to connect students or library patrons with authors willing to provide this wonderfully interactive (and inexpensive!) service. Popular young adult author, Shannon Delany will be dropping in via Skype to model a successful virtual visit.
April 13th: FRIDAY THE 13th Double Launch and Gothic Tea Party: Cold Lake, AB.
March 23rd: SPIRITED Launch Party and Fundraiser. Edmonton, AB. Join me, Dawn Dalton, and Halli Dee Lilburn, three Alberta authors featured in the SPIRITED anthology for one wickedly cool launch party and fundraiser event. Proceeds from the night will go to an Alberta-based literacy charity. Help us slay the scary beastie known as illiteracy and rock out while doing so…we’ll have the awesome band, Calista, providing tunes to keep our hearts racing.
February 25th: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. THE BONES OF THE STORY: Screenwriting workshops.
Young adult paranormal author, JUDITH GRAVES and adult thriller / suspense author, DAWN IUS (who also writes young adult fiction via the name DAWN DALTON) share their experiences writing scripts for network television and offer tips on the craft of screenwriting. Graves and Ius will delve into the benefits of collaboration, including the power of Google Docs and screenwriting programs such as Scrivener, as well how to plot a script using their outline structure, The Bones of the Story. From gripping logline to epic showdown, they’ll provide you the foundation you’ll need to create your own dreadfully cool scripts.
November 18-20th: Pure Speculation Fest (Edmonton). I’ll be connecting with my inner geek and being general fangirl at this amazing sci-fi/fantasy convention. Can’t wait to sit on more panels with the Steampunk Scholar and other wonderful authors. If I get my ass in gear (pun intended) there’s a chance I might actually have a steampunk costume to die for.
August 11: Stettler Public Library. A 30 minute Skype visit with the library’s teen Splash Summer Reading Program talking about all things young adult authorish.
June 11: Writer’s Guild of Alberta. Calgary, AB. WGA 30 Years 2011 Conference: Writing the hiStory, Inscribing the Future. Speaking on a panel: Walking the Line; Writing for Young Readers— YA and Children’s Lit. 1:00-2:00pm. What are the writing guidelines for children’s books? How about the key differences between a middle grade and a YA novel? Or just what, exactly, appeals to teen readers and how do you tailor your writing and market it to them? This panel of published children’s authors will provide you with some valuable insight into the realm of children’s literature. Featuring Children’s Authors: Dianne Linden, Glen Huser, Judith Graves, Hazel Hutchins.
May 28: Young Alberta Book Society’s AGM. Red Deer, AB. Imagery to DIE for: Booktrailers, vlogs and more. I will introduce the importance of engaging readers online through the use of enticing booktrailers, informative yet entertaining vlogs, as well as how to create podcast readings that leave them craving more. Beef up your social media presence using these tools and watch your promotions go viral (but not in a zombie apocalypse sorta way).
May 28: Alberta Association of Library Technicians Annual Conference: 2011 Get Connected. Edmonton, AB. Author Visits to Die For. Judith Graves offers an overview of what makes a virtual author visit successful, the technology basics, and how to connect students or library patrons with authors willing to provide this wonderfully interactive (and inexpensive!) service.
May 14: Edson Public Library. Edson, AB. Four, 40 min writing workshops. Behind the scenes with a YA author, Fiction to DIE for, and anything the fine folks in Edson want to chat about. Starting at 10am-2pm. Sign up at the Edson Public Library 780-723-6691
February 26th: Young Authors’ Conference. Sherwood Park, AB. Writing workshops – what makes fiction to DIE for, how to develop characters that ROCK, and how to REVAMP your work, aka revision with BITE! Be prepared for writerly battle as she introduces you to the beasties known as concept maps and character cards. Once tamed these tools can help with plot structure and character development.
February 25th: Highlands Young Readers’ Conference. Edmonton, AB. Presenting sessions to groups of grades 6-9 students. Fiction to DIE for: how to develop characters that ROCK, and how to REVAMP your work, aka revision with BITE!
February 4-6th: Winter Wordsworth (Young Alberta Book Society). Bragg Creek, Alberta. “Imagine yourself immersed in beautiful Bragg Creek, AB with a group of like-minded peers. You’ll write. You’ll draw. You’ll create. All under the guidance of an inspirational roster of talented — and familiar — Alberta literary artists.” My session blurb: Young adult paranormal author, Judith Graves, explores what makes fiction to DIE for, how to develop characters that ROCK, and how to REVAMP your work, aka revision with BITE! Be prepared for writerly battle as she introduces you to the beasties known as concept maps and character cards. Once tamed these tools can help with plot structure and character development.
January 28th: Virtual Author Visit. Musquodoboit Rural High School. Middle Musquodoboit, NS. Grade 7 students and I chatted about: Characters that ROCK, the writing process and had a great question and answer session (once I caught my crazy labs and tucked them away). Thanks for having me, Ms. Stewart! Your bookmarks are on the way.
January 17th: Author Visit. Dr. Bernard Brosseau Middle School. Bonnyville, AB. Speaking with the school’s writing club, as well as with several junior high classes. We’ll talk drafts, revision and fiction to DIE for.
January 8th: Author Visit. Okotoks Public Library. Okotoks, AB. 1-2pm. Join Alberta-based YA author, Judith Graves, for a look at the dynamic world of young adult fiction, steps to publication and the life of a YA author. If you’re writing fiction and want more information about the publishing industry, query process, etc…this is the session for you. This event will also be available live via the RISE network. “The RISE Network is an innovative project that helps southern Albertans access the information they need, right from their local library. By equipping 78 libraries with videoconference equipment, people in 89 municipalities can gain new knowledge and skills through a wide-range of library-based programs and information sessions.”
December 4th: Book Lovers Christmas Sale. Edmonton, AB. Edmonton Public Library, Stanley Milner Branch. Offered by the Writers Guild of Alberta, this sale featured the work of 44 Alberta authors. “1:30 pm—Bring a clove of garlic for protection, and come to listen as author Judith Graves reads from her Young Adult vampire-ish title “Under my Skin”. Note: the WGA shall not be deemed responsible for fang marks on anyone’s neck.”
November 28th: Booksigning at the Chapters on Whyte Ave. Edmonton, AB from 11:00pm-3:00pm. Part of AUTHORGANZA a series of authors being featured each Sunday in November.
November 7th: Booksigning at the Indigo in North Town Mall. Edmonton, AB from 11:00pm-2:00pm (9450 – 137 Avenue). Drop by for a chat, we’ll talk books, and NANO, and whatever.
November 4th: Young Alberta Book Society and the Children’s Literature Roundtable and partnering once again to present the Celebration of Authors on Thursday, November 4, 2010. I’ll be around to present my books and chat with librarians, teachers, and readers in general.
October 23-24th: Pure Speculation Fest (Edmonton). I’ll be connecting with my inner geek and being general fangirl at this amazing sci-fi/fantasy convention. I’ll be working too, sure I will. I’m particpating in a panel discussion and presenting a session, “YA Paranormal Fiction: More Than Twilight”.
October 22nd: Young Alberta Book Society TALEBLAZERS Lit Fest. Author visit in Grimshaw, AB.
October 6th: Bonnyville Municipal Library. Bonnyville, AB. 6pm-8pm. A look at the dynamic world of young adult fiction, steps to publication and the life of a YA author.
October 5th: Young Alberta Book Society TALEBLAZERS Lit Fest. Red Deer College Confluence Campus (Rocky Mountain House, AB).
October 4th: Parkland Regional Library School PD Day (Lacombe, AB). Session on Skype Author Visits and making the most of author related videoconferencing in a library setting.
October (dates TBA): Young Alberta Book Society TALEBLAZERS Lit Fest. Touring schools and libraries across Alberta, discussing my journey from singer/songwriter to Young Adult Paranormal fiction author. I explore what makes fiction to DIE for, how to develop characters that ROCK, and how to REVAMP your work (revision with BITE!). I can’t wait to meet all students, library staff and teachers from across the province. Book me now: www.yabs.ab.ca
September 18th: Northern Lights Library System Conference Elk Point, AB: “YA Fiction to DIE For” a quirky look at the road to publication from singer/songwriter to author of paranormal YA fiction and co-president of the Class of 2k10, a group of 23 debut YA and MG authors from Across North America.
September 14th: Backstage With A YA Writer (Cold Lake Public Library, 6pm): Sponsored by the Cold Lake Public Library and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta. “Get a glimpse at what it is to be a young adult author and the steps to get there.”
May 22-29th: NYC Tour
Book Expo America
Jacob K. Javits Center
Look for Class of 2k10 titles at the New Title Showcase pavilion. Also, we’ll be hanging out at our publisher booths, autographing areas and attending the “Day of Education” conference. Judith will be featured at the “Speed Dating with Children’s Authors” event.
The Voracious Reader Bookstore
1997 Palmer Avenue
Class of 2k10 authors (Judith included!) will do short readings, answer questions, and sign your books! Plus swag giveaways!
New York Public Library
St. Agnes Branch Library
444 Amsterdam Ave, NY-Upper West Side
Class of 2k10 Young Adult and Paranormal authors(Judith included!) will participate in a panel discussion, meet with readers and answer any questions you have!
Books of Wonder
13 members of the Class of 2k10 (Judith included!) will introduce their books and be available for questions/signings – and swag giveaways!
MAY 15th: THE WGA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MINI-CONFERENCE: “Skypediving: Virtual Author Visits” Joan Marie Galat with virtual guest “Judith Graves”. Saturday, May 15, 2010. 9:15 am to 5:00 pm Delta South Hotel, Edmonton.
APRIL 24th: Big par-tay in my home town of Cold Lake, AB to celebrate the launch of UMS! Beantrees Coffee House was overrun with friends and family. Awesome tunage provided by “Shenanigans“ (all girl band). Whoopa! READ the Cold Lake Sun article and here’s the follow up.
February 27th: Young Authors’ Conference Sherwood Park, AB: Facilitating YA Fiction To Die For! workshops for grade 4-9 students. Some of the other authors presenting: Marty Chan, Colleen Heffernan, Sigmund Brouwer, Jacqueline Guest, Gord Steinke, Gail Sidonie Sobat, David Poulsen, and more!