Stories are how we make sense of just about everything--especially difficult subjects.

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I love any opportunity to talk to teen readers about mental health, depression, substance abuse, and suicide prevention, along with my novel ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT.

Or we can just talk about writing and books.



Ann's professionalism is such a great example for high school kids. From the materials she sent beforehand to her ability to answer questions spontaneously, Ann is a treat to host.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Snow, CJE
Media Specialist | Library
Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA




January 27th

Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA


January 28th

YANovCon Young Adult Novel Convention

San Mateo Public Library

1-5pm Millbrae Library


February 16

World Read Aloud Day! 


March 13-16

Los Altos High School Writers Week

Los Altos, CA

Tuesday, March 14


August 2-3

Workshop and reading at the WCSU MFA in Writing residency

Danbury, CT



Contact me for rates.

California Bay Area high school presentations can usually be arranged on short notice, and at negotiable rates.

Out of State: Mileage, Meals, and Motel, plus honorarium. Contact me for rates and packet of information.

SKYPE visit Q & A's or brief mental health discussions may be arranged FREE of CHARGE. 


High School and Adult Writing Workshops

Good Writing is Re-Writing (Revision)

Fight it Out: The Role of Conflict in Fiction

Mental Health in YA Literature

What Happens Next? Plotting Your Stories


Younger Writers 

Character and Plot

Cooking a Book: From Idea to Bookstore Copy

How to Be a Writer in Two Easy Steps

Short and Sweet: Fibonacci and Haiku Poetry


Please contact The Society of Young Inklings for information on writing mentorships, Bay Area regional writing classes for all ages, and more.

WANT A SIGNED BOOK PLATE for your copy of #RTDITCOL? Contact me with your address, and I'll gladly send you a personalized one! With hearts.



November 16

San Jose State University School of Library Science

iSchool YA Materials Class presentation


November 4

California Library Association Annual Conference

Bay Area YA Author Blow Out 



June 17

Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumni Mini-Residency

Post-Grad Presentation

"Mind the Dark: The Psychology of Young Adult Characters in Crisis"


June 12

Barnes & Noble

Corte Madera Town Center


June 5

Bay Area Book Festival

Berkeley, CA


May 6

California Library Association

The Advocacy Awakens

Ontario, CA 

Mental Health in YA Literature Presentation with

author Stephanie Kuehn


March 15

Los Altos High School Writers Week

Los Altos, CA


January 10

American Library Association MidWinter Meeting

Boston, MA

Macmillan Booth 




Los Altos High School 

San Jose State University School of Library Science

iSchool YA Materials Class presentation

The American Library Association YALSA Young Adult Symposium, Portland, OR

William C. Morris YA panel, and Author Book Blitz

San Mateo County Library #YANovCon

Burlingame High School

RTDITCOL Launch Party

Books, Inc. Opera Plaza, San Francisco

Books Inc, Palo Alto

The American Library Association 2015 mid-summer conference in San Francisco