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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaching Harry Potter to Creative Writers Released!

My newest book, Teaching Harry Potter to Creative Writers: An Educator's Guide has been released! My co-author, educator Dalton Perkinson, and I will be celebrating this newest release at an event at Stone's Education Superstore in Raleigh, NC on Friday, November 18, starting at 4 pm. We will present a section of the teacher's guide including handouts, and will also have door prizes that include gift cards and tickets to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Please join us!

It is our aim with this new book to help teachers of creative writing struggling with engaging their students to better help them channel their creativity to empower their own voice through storytelling.

You can read more about the book on my blog post here.

Press: For Press Releases and the Media Kit, please visit my publisher's website at Deep River Press here.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Presenting at The Harry Potter Conference!

Harry Potter conferences are so much fun! I'm thrilled to be presenting two workshops at The Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College on October 21, as well as signing copies of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter.

The workshops are: "Revealing Wormtail: Following the Trail of Clues in Harry Potter” and "Myths and Archetypes in Harry Potter."

If you're able to come to this fabulous weekend event near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, please join me!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Signing Tomorrow in Durham B&N and Presenting at SavvyAuthors Online Conference

I will be presenting and signing A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter on Saturday, Sept. 9 starting at 1 pm at the Barnes and Noble at Southpoint in Durham, NC. If you're nearby, please come by!

Also, next week, I will be presenting a mini-intensive as part of the SavvyAuthors Annual Online Conference. My topic is: Embrace Your Inner Tonks: Transforming as a Writer for the Changing Market. The conference is free, so be sure to sign up!

A few more signings and conferences will be added to my schedule soon, so be sure to check my Upcoming Appearances for updates!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Upcoming Workshop for A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter at CCCC

I will be teaching the newly updated and expanded edition of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter at Central Carolina Community College. The class starts July 14 and runs through August 4 on the Pittsboro, NC campus. If you're anywhere near central North Carolina, I hope you will join us.

This class will be the first to use the soon-to-be released student workbooks for the Guide. I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes. And the Guide has been updated to include what we know so far of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

If you'd like to sign up for the class, registration is here. Note, the class is called "The Crafting of a Bestseller," but it's my WGHP class, just under a different name.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Attending ALA Orlando

I will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference this coming weekend in Orlando. Deep River Press, my publisher for the upcoming new edition of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter, will be participating in The Independent Book Publishers Association booth on Saturday and Sunday. If you will be there and want to hook up, contact me at SPSipal AT gmail.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Short Listed in Turkish Ex-Pat Anthology

I'm so honored to announce that my short story -- Turkey: Where the Coffee is Strong but the Women are Stronger -- has been shortlisted for SOFRA: A Gathering of Foreign Voices Around the Turkish Table. This creative nonfiction story was a pleasure to write as it centers on four generations of women I admire tremendously: my husband's grandmother, mother, sister, and niece.

I hope to be able to share more details of the publication with you before too long.