Afternoon Events

Meet Publisher Alessandra Balzer at the Carnegie Library (Oakland) on Thursday, February 27th! 

Join publisher Alessandra Balzer of Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins for a conversation about her work and a Q & A about Young Adult publishing. This event is free and open to the public.

Later in the day, Ms. Balzer will also appear with New York Times best-selling author Julie Murphy for a conversation about YA writing and reading, moderated by best-selling YA author Siobhan Vivian. This event, which is also free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 PM in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.


Craft Talks with poets Khadijah Queen and Kathy Fagan

Join us for two brief craft talks and a question and answer by our visiting poets, Khadijah Queen and Kathy Fagan!

Thursday, January 30th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Cathedral of Learning 501 


Box of Audio Chocolates: A Craft Talk and Q & A with NPR's Lulu Miller

Come by for a pairing of chocolates, edible and audible, presented by Lulu Miller! 

Thursday, November 7th, 3:00-4:30pm, Cathedral of Learning 501

Radiomaker and writer Lulu Miller will be playing a few of her favorite audio pieces that she’s heard over fifteen years of loving and listening to audio. These audio delights are the strange and experimental and daring pieces that have inspired her and changed how she sees audio storytelling. Join us for an afternoon of listening, of limit-pushing, and audio euphoria, followed by a Q&A where you can ask her anything you want about podcasting, sound-storytelling, and beyond. Accompanied by actual chocolate, yes, actual chocolate, to make it all go down a little sweeter!


Kirsin Valdez Quade: Craft Class 

Evasive Protagonist Syndrome –Diagnosis and Treatment

In this class we’ll tackle one of the most common problems of early drafts: the evasive protagonist.  Our characters can be sullen and reticent, unwilling to plumb their own depths, unwilling to address what is most painful and uncomfortable. They have a million and one reasons for not wanting to reveal themselves to the reader—or to themselves—yet a successful story depends on complicated, layered, and, above all, present characters.We’ll discuss the sure signs you have an evasive protagonist on your hands and explore specific, practical fixes. Come ready to write and to hold your protagonist’s feet to the fire.

September 27, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Cathedral 232