Sharon Skinner’s Appearance Schedule
Find out where Sharon will be signing and/or presenting right here. Her appearance schedule is updated as new events are booked.
Upcoming Appearance Schedule:
POSTPONED!: April 18-19, 2020: LA Times Festival of Books, USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA: Brick Cave Booth Signing Appearance
CANCELED!: May 2-3, 2020: Bay Area Book Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley, CA
CANCELED!: April 25, 2020: i.d.e.a. Museum Family Day, 150 W Pepper Pl, Mesa, AZ 85201; Rocket Shoes Storytime and STEM Fun!
October 2-3, 2020: LA Times Festival of Books, USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA: Brick Cave Booth Signing Appearance
January 11, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop–Hooking New Readers: Effective Display and Reader Engagement at Events: Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, Arizona 85282 Library Meeting Room A
Feb-Mar: Brick Cave Writing Master Classes: February 6th & 20th and March 5th & 19th 6:30-9:00pm @ Mesa Chamber of Commerce
February 21-22, 220: Desert Nights, Rising Stars, ASU Campus, Tempe AZ: Brick Cave Booth Signing Appearance (Vending RAINED OUT)
Friday, March 6, 2020 7:30am-Noon: Author Appearance for Read Across America Day, St. Thomas of the Apostle School, Phoenix, AZ.
CANCELED!: March 14-15, 2020: Tucson Festival of Books, U of A Campus, Tucson, AZ: Brick Cave Booth Signing Appearance & Sunday, March 15, 4pm Book Biz Panel
Friday, March 1, 2019 7:30am-Noon: Author Appearance for Read Across America Day, St. Thomas of the Apostle School, Phoenix, AZ.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00am-5:00pm: Cirqu du Livre Writing Conference, Mesa AZ –Panels
SATURDAY FLASH FICTION CONTEST: 10:00-10:50am My Darling Dragon
BETA READERS, YOU NEED THEM: 2:00-2:50pm One-Oh-One Gallery
5,000 BOOK SALES LATER, WHAT I WOULD TELL MYSELF STARTING OUT: 3:00-3:50pm The Nile Coffee Shop
WHY DOES IT TAKE TWO YEARS TO GET A BOOK OUT?: 5:00-5:50pm One-Oh-One Gallery
Arizona State Library Writer-in-Residence at Tempe Library, Feb.-April 2019
Workshop series: Six Steps to Crafting a Strong Story
All classeswill take place in Meeting Room A, lower level of the library
Session 1: Setting: Where in the World…?, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m.
Session 2: Point of View (POV): Who…are…You?, Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – Noon
Session 3: Character: The Arc and the Covenant, Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. – Noon
Session 4:Plot: More than Just a Walk in the Park, Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – Noon
Session 5: Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension, Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.
Session 6: Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail, Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – Noon
September 7, 2019: KMS Young Writers Writing Workshop–Tempe, AZ: All Day
September 20-21, 2019: Host/Facilitator SCBWI AZ Regional Conference–Delta Marriott Phoenix Mesa
November 6-9, 2019: Grant Professionals Association National Conference– Washington, DC
December 14, 2019: Mesa Book Festival–Mesa, AZ
May-July 2018 Arizona State Library Writer in Residence* at Mesa Public Libraries:
Character: The Arc and the Covenant
Sat | June 2 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | Mesa Library Red Mountain Branch-Roadrunner Room
A well-rounded character is critical for believability. All fiction requires some a level of suspension of disbelief, but “real” characters make the plot–and ultimately the story–believable. This workshop will explore a variety of methods for creating multi-faceted, compelling characters who won’t fall flat.
Plot: More Than Just a Walk in the Park
Sat | June 23 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | Mesa Library Dobson Ranch Branch
We’ve all seen that old plotline that looks like the front end of a roller coaster, but plot is more than just rising action based on a series of increasing complications. It’s the engine that drives the narrative and needs to fire on all cylinders to rev up and captivate readers. This workshop will offer methods for creating a compelling plot that leads to a satisfying conclusion.
Conflict reveals character. Raising the stakes and keeping the pressure on will have your reader turning pages to see what happens next. Join Writer in Residence, Sharon Skinner, for a deeper look at the elements in play that create both internal and external conflict and rising tension and keep readers engaged.
Emotion and sensory detail are important aspects of engaging the reader and providing relatable characters and experiences. The first half of this workshop will focus on infusing the story with emotion. The second half of the workshop will provide exercises for including sensory details in your fiction, using all five senses.
*This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
August 25, 2018: San Diego Festival of Books
September 8, 2018, 1pm to 3pm: Booksigning @ Barnes & Noble-Coronado Mall, 6600 Menaul Blvd., Albequerque, NM 87110
September 29, 2018, SCBWI AZ Regional Conference, Mesa, AZ
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 4pm to7pm: Booksigning @ Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble 27460 W Lugonia Ave, Redlands, CA 92374
Saturday, October 13, 8:30am: Storytime and Rocket Fun! 2018 I.D.E.A. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place in Downtown Mesa, AZ
November 3, 2018, 11am to 2pm: Booksigning, Half Price Books, 6555 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85206
December 1, 2018, Booksigning, Arrowhead Barnes & Noble, 7685 W Bell Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382
December 8, 2018, Mesa Book Festival, Mesa, AZ
December 15, 2018: Booksigning, Barnes & Noble Flagstaff, 701 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
December 22, 2018, Booksigning, Poisoned Pen Book Store, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Wednesday March 28, 2018 5:30 pm: Speaking to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, Starfire Golf Club 11500 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
- Brick Cave Booth #207: Saturday 9:30am-2:30pm & Sunday Noon-5:00pm
- Renner Writes Booth #348A: Saturday, 2:30pm-5:00pm & Sunday 9:30am-Noon
Friday, March 2, 2018 7:30am-Noon: Author Appearance for Read Across America Day, St. Thomas of the Apostle School, Phoenix, AZ.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 4:00pm-5:00pm: Imagination Lab Presents: Storytime with Sharon Skinner. Mesa Library Dobson Branch Join us for a special author storytime with Mesa’s own, Sharon Skinner. Sharon will share her new book, Rocket shoes, a rhyming tale for every kid who wants to fly–and wonders when it’s okay to break the rules. Stay afterward for a little science and learn a little about propulsion, and leave with a rocket of your own!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Branch, Hooking New Readers: Presenting Your Work in Public 6:30 pm
December 8-9, 2017: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Holiday Party, 5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111
December 16, 2017, Noon – 4:00 pm: Book Signing with the Amazing Wyked Writers, Barnes & Noble Henderson, 567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89014, 702-434-1533
December 17, 2017, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm: Book Signing, Barnes & Noble Victorville, The Mall of Victor Valley, 14400 Bear Valley Road Suite 107, Victorville, CA 92392
November 18, 2017 Chandler Barnes and Noble, Local Author Signing Noon -2PM
November 9-11, 2017: Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, CA
GPA CONFERENCE APPEARANCE SCHEDULE:
- The Narrative Thread in Your Grant Proposal – Telling a Compelling Story without Writing Fiction: Thursday, 11/9/17 1:30-2:45pm, Sunset Pavilion North
- Human Library: Saturday 10:30-11:45Am, Double Executive Room
November 3-5, 2017: Tucson ComiCon, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson AZ 85701–Signing in the Brick Cave Booth
October 14, 2017: Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283, 10am: STORYTIME WITH SHARON SKINNER | ROCKET SHOES | Join us in Tempe for a special storytime with author Sharon Skinner and her new picture book, a rhyming story for every kid who wants to fly–and wonders when it’s okay to break the rules. More »
September 14, 2017: Grant Professionals Association Arizona Founding Chapter Statewide Conference, Rio Salado Conference Center, 2323 W 14th St Tempe 85281
September 1-3, 2017: San Francisco ComiCon–Signing in the Brick Cave Books Booth:
WORKSHOP: The Alpha and Omega of Grants: Shepherding a Grant From Opportunity to Closeout
September 1-3, 2017: San Francisco ComiCon–Signing in the Brick Cave Books Booth:
SFCC PANEL APPEARANCE SCHEDULE:
- TICK, TICK, TICK: RAISING CONFLICT AND TENSION IN YOUR WRITING: Friday, 9/1/17 1:30pm – 2:30pm // Rm. 3014
- POWERFUL PLOTTING FOR FICTION WRITERS: Friday, 9/1/17 2:30pm – 3:30pm // Rm. 2002
- HEIGHTENING EMOTIONS AND ATMOSPHERIC ELEMENTS IN WRITING: Saturday, 9/2/17 12:00pm – 1:00pm // Rm. 3018
- PLOT: MORE THAN JUST A WALK IN THE PARK: Saturday, 9/2/17 2:00pm – 3:00pm // Rm. 2002
- INSIDE/OUT: WRITING EMOTION AND SENSORY DETAIL: Sunday, 9/3/17 11:30am – 12:30pm // Rm. 2006
- HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FICTION PLOT: Sunday, 9/3/17 1:30pm – 2:30pm // Rm. 3014
*WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: All Workshops are FREE and run from 10:30am to 12:30
- Setting: Where in the World…? June 10, 2017: Civic Center Branch–Silver Room
- Point of View: Who . . . Are . . . You? June 17, 2017: Arabian Branch–Meeting Room
- Character: The Arc and the Covenant July 1, 2017: Civic Center Branch–Silver Room
- Plot: More than Just a Walk in the Park July 22, 2017: Civic Center Branch–Silver Room
- Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension August 5, 2017: Mustang Branch–Book Discussion Room
- Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail August 19, 2017: Mustang Branch–Book Discussion Room
*OFFICE HOURS SCHEDULE: One-on-One Office Hours can be Scheduled via the Scottsdale Public Library Calendar
August 10, 2017: Grant Professionals Association Webinar: The Narrative Thread in Your Grant Proposal – Telling a Compelling Story without Writing Fiction; 11AM Pacific Time
June 3, 2017: Romance Writers of America Desert Dreams Conference–YA Panel
June 23-25, 2017: Amazing Vas Vegas ComiCon–Signing in the Brick Cave Books Booth
July 1-4, 2017: Westercon 70, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281–Panel Details: Objectively Editing Your Own Work, Vampires and Zombies and Werewolves, Oh my!
May 25-28, 2107: Phoenix ComiCon–Signing in the Brick Cave Books Booth #416
May 6, 2017 2pm-6pm: Book Signing with the Amazing Wyked Writers
Barnes & Noble Henderson, 567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV 89014 , 702-434-1533
Tucson Festival of Books
April 22-23, 2017: LA Times Festival of Books–Signing in the Brick Cave Books Booth #156
April 28-30, 2017: Cirque du Livre Writers Conference
San Antonio Comicon 2016
San Francisco Comicon 2016: Author Panels