March 17: I’m participating in the first-ever Denver Children’s Festival of Stories. Check the website for lots of cool offerings.

April 15-17: I’m headed to Ohio for a series of school visits. I’d love to speak to your students as well! To arrange a visit, email melanie [at]

May 18-20: I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be on faculty for this year’s Big Sur of the Rockies retreat. It’s going to be amazing!

June 8-10: I’m thrilled to be hosting a writing retreat this summer at a gorgeous spot on the Oregon coast. We still have a few spots available for those staying off-site. Join me for the Windrush Writer’s Retreat!

June 20 – August 8:  I’m excited to announce that I’ll be partnering with The Writing Barn in Austin, TX this summer to offer a YA Novel Foundations six week course online. Click here to register!

October 1-3: I’m headed to Kansas! I’ll be at Wasburn University for the Literary Festival, where I’ll be the keynote speaker!

October 23: Mark your calendars, people! My newest book, The Lighthouse Between the Worlds releases this fall! More coming soon…