Past events

May 4-7, 2017 - The FOLD

Description: The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates diversity in literature by promoting diverse authors and stories in Brampton,

Ontario – one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities.

Where: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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March 11, 2017 - NoVa Teen Book Festival

Description: NoVa TEEN 2017 is our 5th annual, FREE festival celebrating Young Adult (YA) fiction. It’s a day-long event packed with books, authors, and activities in Arlington, Virginia. It’s the first event of its kind in the Arlington and Washington DC-metro area. Book lovers of all ages are welcome!

Where: Arlington, Virginia, USA

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January 26, 2017 - Guelph MFA Speakeasy Reading Series

Description: I will be doing a reading from Girl Mans Up, and there will be copies for sale.

Where: The Steady Café and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Time: 8:00 pm

November 13, 2016 - Writers' Community of York Region

Speaker event: M-E Girard on Diversity in Fiction

Description: We all know there's been a push for diversity in fiction, especially in children's literature, and that push has gotten even stronger the last few years. But what does diversity mean, exactly? Whose job is it to incorporate it into literature? Who's allowed to write diverse characters, and how does one do that? M-E Girard will provide some insight into the concept of diversity in fiction, and she will share tips on how to handle writing diverse characters and pitfalls to avoid.

Where: Newmarket Community Centre, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Website: For more information and to register

November 20, 2016 - Miami Book Fair

Panel: Stuck Between Worlds

Description: Molly Booth‘s Saving Hamlet and M-E Girard‘s Girl Mans Up present the most difficult journey of all—the search for your true self.

When: 1-2pm

Where: Miami Dade College Live Arts Lab,  300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor),

Miami, FL 33132 USA

Website: www.miamibookfair.com

November 12, 2016 - NAKED HEART - The LGBTQ Festival of Words

Workshop: Querying Agents: Letter & Strategy

Description: Writers spend time crafting and polishing the query letter that will hopefully land them an agent, however the process of querying goes much beyond the composition of the letter. A writer should expect to spend a significant amount of time and energy on their querying process in order to have the best possible chance at finding the right match. In this workshop, participants will learn tips on developing an agent querying strategy. From how to set up the groundwork long before the letter is crafted, to targeting the right agents, to avoiding common mistakes, to tracking queries—M-E will give you tips, resource materials, and advice on how to ensure your query letter has the best chance at landing in the right hands. As a bonus, participants will also receive a handout with the most essential questions to ask a literary agent during The Call.

About Naked Heart: "This November, Glad Day Bookshop & Glad Day Lit are proud to present NAKED HEART – The LGBTQ Festival of Words. This 3 day event in the Church & Wellesley neighbourhood of Toronto includes workshops, panels, performances & discussions for writers and lovers of words. All spaces are wheelchairs accessible and ASL will be provided all day Saturday and Sunday in one venue.

Launched in 2015, Naked Heart is already the largest and most diverse LGBTQ literary festival in the world with over 2000 attendees. In 2015, we had over 120 writers present at 47 events."

When: 10:30-11:45am

Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theater, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fee: $10 or FREE with a Naked Heart Festival pass

Website: www.nakedheart.ca

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November 5, 2016 - Texas Book Festival

Panel: Catch the YA Buzz!

Description: Don’t miss the first ever TBF YA HQ Buzz Panel! From queer life to creepy hauntings to coming of age and dangerous unrequited love, M-E Girard, Dawn Kurtagich, Joe Jimenez and Mindy McGinnis will give us a quick glimpse of their buzz-worthy new novels poised to be the Next Big Thing. Get to know these authors now and then catch them on panels throughout the day!

When: 10:30-11:15am

Where: YA HQ (Congress & 10th Street), Austin, Texas, USA

Panel: Well...How Did I Get Here?

Description: Identity is always in flux. Who we are now is not who we were ten years ago, or who we’ll be ten years from now. Looking back at life, it can seem like a crazy mystery how we got from Point A to Point B. Today, Melissa de la Cruz, M-E Girard and Joe Jimenez talk about who they were growing up, how they got to now, and how those journeys influenced the characters and stories in their new books.

When: 1:30-2:15pm

Where: YA HQ (Congress & 10th Street), Austin, Texas, USA

Website: www.texasbookfestival.org

November 3, 2016 - Author Visit, Ottawa Public Library

About: "Join us for a visit with Canadian YA author M-E Girard as she discusses her novel Girl Mans Up. Chance to win a copy! Kaleidoscope Kids’ Books will also be selling M-E’s book. Book signing and questions to follow. À noter : M-E Girard acceptera des questions du public en français."

 

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time: 7pm

Where: Meeting Room A, Beaverbrook Branch, 2500 Campeau, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2W3

Website: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/author-visit-m-e-girard

October 27, 2016 - Indigo Teen Tour  w/ Victoria Schwab

HarperCollins Canada's YA team Frenzy is bringing a #FrenzyPresents event series in October. Join YA authors Victoria Schwab and M-E Girard as they discuss and sign their latest books!

Where: Indigo CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Time: 7:00 pm

Indigo website: For more information

October 17, 2016 - Indigo Teen Tour  w/ Lauren Oliver & Kendare Blake - Toronto

HarperCollins Canada's YA team Frenzy is bringing a #FrenzyPresents event series in October. Join YA authors Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, and M-E Girard as they discuss and sign their latest books!

Where: Indigo Books, Yorkdale Mall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Time: 7:00 pm

Indigo website: For more information

October 18, 2016 - Indigo Teen Tour  w/ Lauren Oliver & Kendare Blake - Oshawa

HarperCollins Canada's YA team Frenzy is bringing a #FrenzyPresents event series in October. Join YA authors Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, and M-E Girard as they discuss and sign their latest books!

Where: Chapters Oshawa, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Time: 7:00 pm

Indigo website: For more information

September 25, 2016 - Fall for the Book

Panel event: Life as a Teenager: Friendship, Romance, and Rebellion YA Panel

About the panel: Join four acclaimed YA authors as they discuss the hazards of being a teenage protagonist. Hannah Barnaby’s second novel, Some of the Parts was called  “a deeply affecting depiction of moving on after a great loss” by Publisher’s Weekly. M-E Girard’s debut novel, Girl Mans Up, follows Pen, a gender non-conforming teen struggling to own her identity and stand up for herself in the face of her old-world parents and disintegrating friendships. Author Lauren Myracle calls the book, “Fierce. Tender. Unstoppable.” Kate Hattemar is the author of The Land of 10,000 Madonnas, a book filled with the European backpacking adventures of five friends sent to fulfil a dying friend’s mysterious last wish. Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants follows a boy abducted time and time again by aliens who offer him the chance to save the world or let it end–a question complicated by love, loss and the chaos of growing up.

About Fall for the Book: What began as a two-day literary event in 1999, organized by George Mason University
and the City of Fairfax, has expanded into a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings together people
 of all ages and interests, thanks to growing community interest and generous supporting partners.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016. 1-2:15 pm.

Where: Sherwood Center Performance Room A, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

Cost: This event is free.

For more information: check out the website http://fallforthebook.org/

September 6, 2016 - #FallLGBTQ Twitter Chat

To celebrate the upcoming fall LGBTQ YA releases, a group of authors have gotten together to host a series of Twitter chats sprinkled throughout the fall. Join me, along with Robin Talley  and Zoraida Cordova for a chat about our new books releasing that day!

Where: Twitter under the hashtag #FallLGBTQ

Time: 3pm ET

 

August 5-6, 2016 - Outwrite LGBT Book Fair

About Outwrite: OutWrite is a celebration of LGBT Literature. The weekend is full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, poetry readings and more. Several book LGBT publishers regularly exhibit at OutWrite. We will have both new and used LGBT books for sale all day long on Saturday August 6th.

For more information: check out the website www.thedccenter.org/outwritedc/

 

Reading event: Hot Nights, School Fights, & Raging Flowers ~ readings from M-E Girard, Gabby Rivera, and Divya Sood

When: Saturday, August 6 2016, 2-3pm

Where: 2000 14th St NW, # 105, Washington, District of Columbia 20009, USA

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578893365737240/

 

Workshop: Querying Agents: Letter & Strategy

When: Sunday, August 7 2016, 10 am

Where: Frank Reeves Center, Washington, DC. 2000 14th Street NW.

Workshop Description: Writers spend time crafting and polishing the query letter that will hopefully land them an agent, however the process of querying goes much beyond the composition of the letter. A writer should expect to spend a significant amount of time and energy on their querying process in order to have the best possible chance at finding the right match. In this workshop, participants will learn tips on developing an agent querying strategy. From how to set up the groundwork long before the letter is crafted, to targeting the right agents, to avoiding common mistakes, to tracking queries—M-E will give you tips, resource materials, and advice on how to ensure your query letter has the best chance at landing in the right hands. As a bonus, participants will also receive a handout with the most essential questions to ask a literary agent during The Call.

Tickets: Availble at Outwritedc.org

July 2, 2016 - Glad Day Bookshop's Proud Voices Literary Program

About Proud Voices: Over 75 authors and artists in 7 days of events, in association with Pride Toronto.

About Glad Day Bookshop: The world's oldest LGBTQ Bookstore, established in 1970 in Toronto.

For more information: http://www.gladdaybookshop.com/pages/toronto-pride-2016-proud-voices-literary-program

Event: Bricolage

When: Saturday, July 2 2016, 7:30-9pm

Where: 598a Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/517731205095551/

June 1, 2016 - Durham Pride Writer's Showcase

Reading & Q&A: Excerpt from Girl Mans Up

About Pride Durham: Pride Durham is a not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride and social events in Durham Region including the annual region-wide Pride the second weekend in June celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered (LGBT) and associated peoples throughout our community.

Where: Pickering Public Library, Pickering, Ontario

Want to attend? Drop in--all are welcome.

For more information: check out the website www.pridedurham.com

May 1, 2016 - The Ontario Writers' Conference

Workshop: Adding a Little Queer to Your Fiction: The Dos and Don'ts

Overview: Whether a writer is intentionally setting out to incorporate queerness to their cast of characters, or they’re telling a story that happens to feature an LGBTQ character, the whole idea of representing queer diversity might be intimidating. What are a writer’s responsibilities when it comes to representing a queer character in their fiction? What is to be avoided? And once the work is out in the world—what happens when a writer gets called out for their portrayal of a queer character? This workshop aims to prepare writers without in-depth knowledge of queer and gender studies to cast queer characters in their stories—and to feel confident about doing so.

Where: Ajax, Ontario, Canada

www.thewritersconference.com

 

February 20, 2016 - Durham Region Writing Rainbow

Talk: General talk on queer YA literature, my publishing journey, my creative process, followed by Q&A.

Where: Pickering Public Library, Pickering, Ontario, Canada

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February 7, 2014 - St-Charles-Garnier High School

Workshop: Atelier d’écriture pour jeunes écrivains

Overview: A one-hour "how-to" for young writers learning to write short stories, facilitated in French to groups of grade-eight students.

Where: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

 

January 11, 2014 - Writers' Community of Durham Region

Workshop: Agent Queries: It Starts Long Before Pressing Send

Overview: Writers spend time crafting and polishing the query letter that will hopefully land them an agent, however the process of querying goes much beyond the composition of the letter. A writer should expect to spend a significant amount of time and energy on their querying process in order to have the best possible chance at finding the right match. M-E Girard began her querying strategy early on in her writing career—long before she even had a finished manuscript to send out. She spent much time researching how to obtain literary representation and put a plan into action. Her querying strategy paid off: She was offered representation by one of her top choices, after sending out only six queries. In this workshop, participants will learn tips on developing an agent querying strategy. From how to set up the groundwork long before the letter is crafted, to targeting the right agents, to avoiding common mistakes, to tracking queries—M-E will give you tips, resources materials, and advice on how to ensure your query letter has the best chance at landing in the right hands. As a bonus, participants will also receive a handout with the most essential questions to ask a literary agent during The Call.

Where: The Ajax Convention Centre, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

www.wcdr.ca

October 9, 2013 - Durham Region Writing Rainbow

Workshop: Short Stories: Revising, Rewriting, and Adding Layers

Where: Ajax, Ontario, Canada

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