Maria will be at the following bookstores, conferences and conventions in 2014 & 2015:

October 17-18, 2014 Participating in the NJRW's Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. (Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey, 08830). This is a writing conference with workshops on how to improve your craft, learn how to market and promote your work, and to network with other writers, agents, and editors. Registration is now open and you can register HERE.

November 15, 2014 Presenting a writing workshop for the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland's Writers Association. (Finksburg Branch Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, Maryland, 21048). I'll be discussing GMC, and I'm not talking Trucks. I'm talking about Goals, Motivation, and Conflict - three vital elements for ALL your characters, yes even the secondary ones. This presentation will discuss these three aspects of writing and how to enhance your fiction and your characters by using it. The workshop is FREE and OPEN to the public! 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

December 5, 2014 Participating in the Lancaster County Lit Fest. (Millersville University's Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, 717-871-2308). The fest will feature readings and signings by authors, playwrights, and illustrators who live in Lancaster County and create books and plays for young people. Books will be available for sale. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

March 21-22, 2015 Participating in the Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference. (Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey, 08830). This is a conference for both readers and writers! The Saturday Keynote speaker is Sylvia Day, and I'm going to be the breakfast speaker on Sunday. Yes, you read that right - I'm going to wake up before noon! You need to attend just to witness that historic event! ;) Registration will be required, however it's not open yet. I'll post the link when it's available.

June 26, 2015 Participating in the In Your Write Mind: Mega Super Big Explosive Book Signing at Seton Hill University. (McKenna Hall, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 15601). 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. I'll post more details when I get them.

Anyone interested in scheduling Maria for a writing workshop/presentation, a reading, or a signing (or for all three!) is welcome to contact Maria at

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