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January 24 & 25, San Mateo County Libraries Young Adult Novelist Convention (#YANovCom)


January 26, SCBWI North and East Bay, "Other Paths to Publishing: How to Crowd-Fund Your Story." How we published LILY LO AND THE WONTON MAKER by our friend and colleague, the late Frances Lee Hall. Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley, CA

March 4-7:  WRITERS WEEK, Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA

March 27-30: AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference. Moderating Panel "The Big Black Dog: Children's Literature Takes on Mental Illness," and sitting on the panel "Building a Mystery:The Craft of Thriller-Writing for Young Adults." Portland, OR.

May 4-5: Bay Area Book Festival 


February 8: Book Passage San Francisco, SCBWI Panel, "How to Get Your Children's Novel Published with Big 5, Small or Hybrid Presses"

March 9: Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Tampa, FL. Panel Moderator: "Writing the Mind: Mental Health in YA Novels."

March 12-15: WRITERS WEEK, Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA

April 24: SCBWI Agent Q&A event, San Francisco. Charlie's Corner.

October 26: BAYA (Bay Area YA LIbrarians): Rethink: Mental Health For Teens, Author panel, San Francisco Public Library


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

Los Altos High School; Los Altos, CA

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.
Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA

Or we can just talk about writing and books.

YALSA YA Panel (Young Adult Library Services Association/American Library Association) Portland, OR 2016  

I have invited Ann to speak to my Young Adult Literature class at San Jose State University on several occasions. My students love her presentations. She speaks passionately about writing and discusses the YA books she has written. Students love her describing her writing process. She also brings her personal insights about teen suicide. Most young adult librarians deal with this issue and Ann is a wealth of information when speaking about her experiences working on a suicide crisis line. For me personally Ann is an incredible person to have in my sphere of professional friends.I look forward to a long friendship and professional relationship with her.
Beth Wrenn-Estes, Instructor, School of Information, San Jose State University, Business Manager for the California Library Association (CLA)


Ann Jacobus is an excellent writer and speaker, able to discuss issues that affect teenagers' lives honestly and with sensitivity. For the past three years, she has been a featured speaker at our high school’s Writers Week, where Bay Area writers visit classrooms to discuss their work and their writing process. Ann always gets raves from her student audiences, who love her book, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light and the personal stories that inspired it. Ann draws on both her personal and professional experiences to help students understand issues of depression and suicide in a safe way that encourages dialogue and provides resources for support.
Gordon Jack, Teacher-Librarian at Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA

Western Connecticut State University MFA in Professional Writing Program, Danbury, CT 2017 

Books Inc, San Francisco 


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 (Revise to Get Published)

Fight it Out: The Role of Conflict in Fiction

Mental Health in YA Literature

How Plot Crisis and Climax Drive Your Story

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.

 Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in WCYA Program 2016


January 27th Sequoia High School, Redwood City, CA

January 28th YANovCon Young Adult Novel Convention, San Mateo Public Library, Millbrae Library

February 16 World Read Aloud Day! 

 March 14 Los Altos High School Writers Week, Los Altos, CA 

August 2-3 Workshop and public reading at the Western Connecticut State University MFA in Writing residency, Danbury, CT



San Jose State University School of Library Science, iSchool YA Materials Class presentation

California Library Association Annual Conference, Bay Area YA Author Blow Out, Sacramento

Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults Alumni Mini-Residency, Post-Grad Presentation, "Mind the Dark: The Psychology of Young Adult Characters in Crisis"

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA

Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA

California Library Association, "The Advocacy Awakens," Ontario, CA: Mental Health in YA Literature Presentation with author Stephanie Kuehn

Los Altos High School Writers Week, Los Altos, CA

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