Dec 7, 2023 Ridglea branch of Fort Worth Public Library 6:30pm – presentation on writing
Oct 7, 2023 DFWCon writers’ conference in Hurst, TX – presentation of “The Big Three: Hero’s Journey, Beat Sheet, Heroine’s Journey”
Oct 6, 2023 Latinx Kidlit Book Festival (free!), moderating panel “Finding Familia” on YouTube from 2-3pm CT
July 13, 2023 Region 7 Bilingual Education Conference, Kilgore, TX — book signing
July 11, 2023 North Richland Hills library, “How to Write Characters of Various Cultures” session for teens
April 21-23, 2023 Texas Library Association conference, Austin TX — Middle Grade Gusto! Fri, 4/21 1:30pm, plus signings of SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ! with Chronicle and short story anthology BOUNDLESS at Inkyard Press booth #1731 — HAD TO CANCEL 😦

March 31, 2023 Zoom visit to bookclub
March 27, 2023 Venus Middle School
March 24, 2023 Reading Rockstars visit to El Paso schools, sponsor – TxBkFestival

March 18, 2023 Poetry in Prose presentation on Zoom for Writers’ Block
March 4, 2023 North Texas Teen Book Festival, Irving TX


Nov 17-20, 2022 NCTE Annual Convention, panelist Making it Personal: Narrative Stories in the Classroom Fri, 11/18: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM PST Room: 258-A
Nov 5-6, 2022 Texas Book Festival panelist in Austin, TX; Girl Power! with me and Saadia Faruqi 11:00am Sun 11/6 Next Chapter Tent
Oct 29, 2022 Online discussion for Palm Beach Library, FL with Las Musas Book Club
Oct 15, 2022 SCBWI Fall Conference (North Texas Chapter) at Hurst Conf Center; 9:00am keynote address, session on “Writing, Querying, and Selling Your Novel” 11:00-11:50; Register here: NTx SCBWI Fall Con
Oct 14, 2022 Latinx KidLit Book Festival 11:00CT premier of panel on YouTube: “Nuestro Mundo: Kids Navigating the Contemporary World” with Angela Dominguez, Nina Moreno, Sallie Anne Rodriguez, & Monica Brown
Oct 8, 2022 DFW Writers Conference at Hurst Conference Center, presenter of “How to Write and Sell Middle Grade Fiction” and panelist

August 21, 2022 Books of Wonder (free, online) 3pm ET, 2pm CT; Four MG authors share their newest! Details here!
July 15, 2022 NerdCampPA (online) – panel – Writing Bravely in an Era of Book Banning
July 8, 2022 Read OKC (in person) 9:30-10:30 Boys’ and Girls’ Club; Capitol Hill Library 12-1pm and 1-2pm, Oklahoma City, OK
June 10-11, 2022 nErDcampCT (online) 6/10 — 9:00ET presentation “The Power of Story”; 6/11 — 10:00-10:45ET – Immigration/Refugee stories with me, Alda Dobbs, Susan Hood, and Jeanne Zulick Ferullo
May 21, 2022 San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, TX – McNutt Garden Tent 11:45

May 20, 2022 James Russell Lowell Middle School, San Antonio, TX
May 7-8, 2022 Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA
May 4 , 2022 BOOK LAUNCH of Shine On, Luz Véliz! at Interabang Books in Dallas, TX, 6:00pm

May 1, 2022 Monkey & Dog Books 3:00pm for Independent Bookseller’s Day, Ft. Worth, TX
April 26-27, 2022 Texas Library Association Conference in Ft. Worth, TX

ARC signing Tues. 11:30-12:00 at Chronicle Booth #2240
Spirit of Texas panel Tues. 3:00-4:00 Room 104
YART Texas Tea Wed. 1:30-3:30 Ballroom E & F
Permabound Happy Hour 4:00-6:00pm Reata

April 22, 2022 MPIBA SpringCon Texas, San Antonio, Courtyard Riverwalk
April 20, 2022 Int’l Festival, Int’l Leadership of Tx, 3-3:45pm, North Richland Hills, TX
April 8, 2022 Venus Middle School, TX – whole-day school visit for 6th & 7th graders
March 20, 2022 Dallas Literary Festival, morning “LitNight” Reading at SMU campus 9:00-10:15AM
Feb 8, 2022 Dallas Area Writers Group presentation, “What Happens After You Get an Agent?” (virtual)
Feb 2, 2022 World Read Aloud Day, virtual visits to seven schools
Jan 21, 2022 Behind the Book, second session with two classes of Bronx 6th graders (virtual)
Jan 11, 2022 Tough Love: How to Make Students Love You for Enforcing Your Syllabus; Tarrant County College, NE Campus (virtual)


Dec 17, 2021 Behind the Book, virtual school visits with two classes of 6th graders in the Bronx
Dec 9, 2021 Children’s Literature Symposium; enjoy author FlipGrid videos about how they write at which you can watch with a gmail address 🙂
Dec 9, 2021 Opening event of Latinx KidLit Bookfest 9:00am CT – I am interviewing Torrey Maldonado, “Books as Teachers: Building Connection, Empathy, and Imagination” (virtual)
Nov 18, 2021 NCTE panel – virtual “on-demand” session becomes available – “Diverse Bookshelf: Centering Latinx STEM Fiction in Middle Grade”
Nov 16, 2021 San Antonio Public Library author visit (virtual)
Nov 12, 2021 Wollaston Elementary School visit for 4th and 5th graders (virtual)
Oct 16, 2021 Mid-Cities Bookfest in person, 2 panels, book signing
Oct 7, 2021 School Library Journal free, online Day of Dialog “Growing Pains” panel (virtual)
Oct 2, 2021 SCBWI Panel “How Much Revision is Too Much?” 3-4:30pm CT (virtual)
Oct 2, 2021 Breakfast with the Authors – Santa Barbara County Education 11:00-1:30 CT (virtual)
Sept 24, 2021 TACHE “Passion is Your Passport” presentation 1:00pm
June 12, 2021 nErDCamp CT 11:00-11:45 (ET), Room 6 (virtual)
June 8, 2021 nErDCamp Kansas, educator’s conference (virtual)
May 12, 2021 Behind the Book, virtual school visit with 7th graders in South Bronx
April 22, 2021 Texas Library Assoc conference — virtual signing with SCBWI at 12:30 CT
April 11, 2021 Las Musas webinar on Paths to Publishing with three other excellent authors; 4pm CT; Watch here:
January 30, 2021 Battle of the Books Finale virtual event, Kempsville Area Public Library, Virginia Beach, VA


December 4-5, 2020 Latinx Kidlit Book Fest — free and online! I’ll lead this panel: Machismo and Toxic Masculinity 2:00-3:00 Sat. 12/5 with Fred Aceves, Matt Mendez, Ruben Degollado, and Anika Fajardo
November 22, 2020 NCTE online (two sessions)
“The Writer in the Composition Classroom” Panel, recorded; “Affirming Identities & Building Empathy Through MG and PB Latinx Literature” Roundtable at 9:30-11:45am, live on 11/22
November 20, 2020 Romanian conference for university students; I analyzed and translated a poem by Lucian Blaga:
November 14, 2020 Breakfast with the Authors 2020, Pajama Party Zoom Edition, Santa Barbara County Education Office
October 16, 2020 Mid-Cities Teen Book Fest, “The Power of Women: Writing Strong Female Leads” — free and online for folks who register with NRH Public Library online
October 14, 2020 Metropolitan Library System, Hispanic Heritage Month virtual visit 6:30pm CT; Oklahoma City, OK
September 30, 2020 ¡VIVA! San Francisco Public Library’s Latinx Heritage Month, author panel, 5:00 PDT — on their YouTube channel
August 1-2, 2020 Middle Ground Book Fest: Panel “Inside-Outside: Finding Identity Between Assimilation and Heritage”; “From Boring to Bling-y!” writing video for teachers and students — free and online!
July 26, 2020 Tremendous Tweens! Rebecca joins Anika Fajardo (What If A Fish?) and Reina Luz Alegre (The Dream Weaver) on Wild Rumpus Bookstore’s panel series — free and online!
July 16, 20209:00-Noon nErDCampPA — Diversity and #OwnVoices in Kid Lit panel 9:30, Kids Need Books of All Kinds panel 10:00, Rock What You Write! Using Literary Devices 10:30, Bi-Cultural and Bi-Racial Identities in KidLit: Assimilation vs. Heritage 11:00 pm — Noon-1:30 Guest of Bedford Bookworms Book Club Zoom session
June 28, 2020 Pura Belpré Award Ceremony 2:00pm CT on YouTube! ALA channel: YAY!
COVID CANCEL June 1-2, 2020 nErDcampKS in Hesston, KS
May 26, 2020 Zoom presentation to K-12 teachers in New Orleans and Massachusetts
COVID CANCEL May 20, 2020 Battle of the Books presenter at Texas Christian University
COVID CANCEL April 4, 2020 Librarypalooza, Frisco, TX.
COVID CANCEL March 25, 2020 Texas Library Association conference, Houston, TX;
Signing 4-5ppm
COVID CANCEL March 20-22, 2020 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane, LA.
March 9, 2020 school visit via Skype, Portland, Oregon
February 29, 2020 Marine Creek Writing Conference, Keynote speaker, Tarrant Count College’s NW Campus; free and open to the public
February 28, 2020 school visits to two Austin, TX schools
February 20, 2020 Carrollton Writers Group presentation on creative writing TX.
February 12, 2020 LitTalk 6:00-7:00pm at Interabang Books — on panel “Exploring Identity in Fiction”
January 31, 2020 World Read-Aloud Day at North Richland Middle School and North Ridge Middle School, TX
January 25, 2020 Teen Bookfest by the Bay, Corpus Christi, TX.
January 11. 2020 SCBWI North Texas Pot-luck Panel, Bedford, TX.


December 9, 2019 School Visit: Harwood Junior High, Bedford, TX
December 7, 2019 Barnes and Noble in Hurst, TX; book signing 1:00pm
December 2, 2019
Bedford Public Library, TX; “Agents, Editors, and Publishers, Oh My! How to Get Your Book Published,” 6:30-8:00pm

November 21-24, 2019 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), Baltimore, MD.; two panels including “Imagination and Inquiry: Celebrating and Honoring International Stories for Children and Adolescents”

November 13, 2019 Coffeehouse Conversations on NE Campus of Tarrant County College — featured author; 11:00-12:20 and 6:30-8:00pm.

October 28, 2019 Turner High School Literary Night 6:00-8:00pm, Carrollton, TX.
October 26, 2019 SCBWI Author Panel, 1-4pm , Fort Worth, TX.
October 19, 2019 TweensReads, Houston, TX.
October 16, 2019 Tarrant County College, Hurst TX “Am I Too American For My Parents?” panel for Hispanic Heritage Month; 11:00-12:20 in NSTU’s Center Corner
October 12, 2019 Barnes and Noble, 1:00-3:00pm, Southlake, TX (for everyone!)
October 11, 2019 Southlake Public Library 11:00-Noon (kids’ event)

September 15, 2019 Texas Bookseller’s Association, Masonic Temple 1100 Henderson, Fort Worth, TX
September 12, 2019 Follett Open House 2:30-6:00pm (signing 4:00-5:30) 2430 E. Arbrook Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, TX.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 4-6pm at Monkey and Dog Books, Fort Worth, TX. The book launch, part 2 of THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY! Everyone welcome!
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:00pm at Interabang Books, Dallas, TX. The book launch, part 1 of THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY! 20 min. of discussion, 20 min. of Q&A, then book signing. Everyone welcome!

August 19, 2019 Writers Guild of Texas “Wielding Metaphor in Poetry and Prose,” Richardson, TX.

July 20, 2019 North Texas Romance Writers of America “The Heroine’s Journey”; 11:00am, Colleyville, TX.

June 22-24, 2019 ALA (American Library Association), Washington, DC.; signing at Chronicle Books’s table 11-noon on Sunday 6/23
June 8, 2019 SCBWI North Texas, Bedford, TX First Impressions Critique Day, PALS critique-giver

May 17, 2019 Career Day, Stemmons Elementary, Dallas, TX.

April 27, 2019: SCBWI Ft. Worth Meet-up 1-4pm “Finding Your Voice: Exercises, examples, and discussion about character voices, your author’s voice, and how revision creates voice! 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft Worth, TX
April 16-18, 2019: TLA (Texas Library Assoc. Annual Conference), Children’s Round Table Panel: Family Dynamics in Children’s Literature (4/17 2:45-3:45pm), book signing (4/17 9:00-10:00am); Austin, TX
April 9, 2019 Dallas Area Writers Group, 7:30pm, presenting “The Magic of Voice.”

March 23, 2019: “Write Your Heroine’s Storyline Now!” at 11:30 and “Life After Your First Edit Letter” at 2:30pm, with Urania Fung, at WORDFest, a free writers’ conference-type event on Tarrant County College’s NE Campus, Hurst, TX. 9:00-4:00pm
March 16, 2019: The Write Stuff group, “Industrial-grade Editing, Revising, and Critiquing” from myself and author Urania Fung, 10:30-12:30, Hawkes Downtown Public Library, Arlington, TX.

February 1, 2019: World Read-aloud Day, reader at North Richland Middle School, North Richland Hills, TX.


November 3, 2018: Marine Creek Writing Conference at NW campus of Tarrant County College, presenter of  “Behind the Scenes: First Novel Journey from Agent to Bookshelf”
March 24, 2018: WORDFest at Tarrant County College’s NE Campus; presenter of “How I Got an Agent,” panelist on “Writing Other Identities,” panelist on “Writing Sustainably: Achieving a Life-Writing Balance”
February 8-10, 2018: Writers Conference at Dallas Central Library; presenter of “The Feminine Hero’s Journey: The Other Archetypal Story Structure”


November 4, 2017: Tarrant County College’s NW Campus’s Marine Creek Writing Conference
10:45-11:45 “Heroine’s Journey: The Other Archetypal Narrative Structure
1:00-2:00 “How I Got an Agent and Why I’m Glad I Did!”
October 21, 2017: Arts Goggle street festival on south side of Ft. Worth; on Magnolia between Adams St. and Washington Ave. Reading at 3:00pm in Leaves Bookstore tent.
October 14, 2017: Fort Worth BookFest; exhibitor
September 16, 2017: North Texas Romance Writers of America in Colleyville, TX; presenter of “Finding Your Voice”
August 8, 2017: Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club Career Day; panelist
April 8, 2017: WORDFest in Hurst, TX; presenter of “Finding Your Voice”


April 22, 2016: Harmony Science Academy, Euless  TX, Poetry Night, featured speaker
April 13, 2016: Dallas Book Festival; panelist with fellow Her Texas authors, reader

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