August 3, 2019 in Nashville, TN 

How to Write Young Adult and Middle Grade that Sells taught by Jessica Burkhart. Jessica will take writers through creating a YA or MG novel that sells. Jess will use forty-five minutes to explore: brainstorming a concept and idea, outlining and what kind of outline Jess uses, creating relatable characters, constructing an interesting setting, crafting realistic voice and realizing the importance of a strong chapter ending. Jess will include her favorite list of resources, too, that will be helpful to both new and veteran writers. The remaining workshop time will be dedicated to Q&A.

Publicity and Marketing 101 for New Authors taught by Jessica Burkhart. Jessica will teach workshop participants how to market and publicize their book no matter if one is from a small house or a large one. With a minuscule to non-existent publicity budget, Jess was able to help her books sell over 1 million copies. Jess will begin with a brief introduction about why self-promotion and marketing are important. Then, she will detail how and when to begin putting together a marketing plan which includes a monthly to-do list as far as 18 months from publication. Jess will share the best tips and tricks she learned in her ten years promoting her books. The remaining workshop time will be dedicated to Q&A.



I'll be at SOKY Book Fest in March! Details to come!


I'm teaching at the 2020 Writing Workshop of Chicago this June. Come learn with me! 



I'd love to visit your school or library! I also attend several writing conferences each year and am available to lead workshops or speak on panels. 

If your class or book club reads one of my books, I'd love to do a free Skype visit with you! Ask a teacher or librarian to send me an e-mail or message me via social media. We'll set up a date to chat. 

I'm also available for in-person visits. 


September 29, 2018 (Saturday)

Chattanooga's Celebration of Young Adult and Middle Grade Literature 

Free to the general public

Check out the event schedule here!