Events and Appearances
I love to visit with readers and writers of all ages. In my previous careers, I have given formal and informal presentations to groups of children – from a few to hundreds at a time – and to adults as well. I am available to speak and teach workshops at elementary and middle schools, libraries, stores, festivals, and conferences.
If you are interested in booking me for an event, please use my contact form to inquire about rates and availability – and check the events listed below!
Presentation Topics include:
For Kids or Adults:
From Brain to Bookshelf. A motivational, interactive, multimedia presentation detailing how I went from writing poems on napkins at nine years old, to writing novels for one of the world’s most prestigious publishing houses. I will share where I find inspiration, the biggest stumbling blocks for writers of all ages, and humorous stories of the writing life.
Stealing From Goldilocks. No fairy tale is safe from an author in search of a universal classic to spin into a new tale. Explore well-known examples of this “stealing,” and the ways in which an old story can be completely remade. (Smaller groups will conclude with a hands-on, flash fiction fairy tale re-telling.)
For Kids only:
Special Snowflake Characters. A humorous, intensely hands-on workshop for 1-6 grades, using the snowflake or spider method to create a character and explore how plot flows from character.
For Adult Writers:
Middle Grade, Tween, Teen: What’s the Difference?
Love-Inspiring Queries, Pitches, and Synopses
The Writer’s Toolbox
The Debut Year: What I Wish I’d Known
Note: Many of the presentations require access to a PowerPoint capable projector and screen.
Interested in a free 30 minute Skype visit? A limited number are available through the Penguin Books for Young Readers Skype in the Classroom page! Sign up here.
October 2014 – Skype in the Classroom visits ongoing (10/3, 10/27), Oklahoma Technology Association conference and school visits 10/6-10/10, Llano Book Festival signing and writing workshop on 10/18, Texas Book Festival panel and signing on 10/25.
November and December 2014 – 11/13 Skype visit, 11/24 School visit at McBee Elementary, School visits pending Dec. 2-5, Poetry reading at Malvern Books, Austin, 12/6 3 p.m.
2015 dates to come!
January 2014 Events: Lodge of Death Writing Retreat (1/10-1/13), Govalle Elementary School Visit (1/16), YMCA of Austin Writer’s Event, Brunch and Signing (1/26), Collins Intermediate School Visit, in The Woodlands, TX (1/31).
February 2014 Events: San Antonio School Visit (2/5), Austin SCBWI Annual Conference faculty (2/7-2/9), Pleasant Hill Elementary School Visit (2/7), Montgomery County Book Festival (2/15), Nightingale’s Nest Book Launch party at Bookpeople (2/22).
March 2014 Events: UT School of Education guest lecture (3/5), World Read-Aloud Day Skype visits (3/5), Walnut Creek Elementary school visit (3/26).
April 2013 Events: Texas Library Association Annual Conference panel and signing (4/10), Houston Writer’s Guild Annual Conference faculty (4/12).
May 2014 events: Galindo Elementary School Visit (5/2), Burnet Public Library Coffee Talk (5/8).
Writer’s League of Texas 2013 Agents and Editors Conference – June 21-23. Opening Session speaker & panelist.
Sinister Sweetness Book Club Event – Bee Cave Public Library, July 9.
School Visit – Hico, Texas, October 7.
Closing Keynote – Region XII Education Service Center’s 2013 Library Jubilee, Nov. 19.
Writer’s League of Texas 2012 Agents Conference – June 22-24, Hyatt Regency Austin. Moderator and panelist.
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy Launch Party
Bookpeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin TX 78703 August 25, 2012, 4 p.m.
H-E-B Read 3 Reading & Signing. Saturday, September 15 at 641 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, TX. A reading, signing, and book drive to provide underprivileged children with books at home.
Private Book Club meeting – October 3, 7 p.m. Austin, TX.
Houston Writer’s Guild Fall Conference – Friday, October 12, 1-5 p.m. Workshop: Build Your Writing Toolkit. A hands-on afternoon where writers will polish queries, pitches, and opening pages.
School Visit – October 15, Brentwood Elementary, Austin, TX.
Dripping Springs Community Library – Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m. A reading, interactive presentation, and signing – with sweet treats for all. Proceeds of book sales will support the library.
The Book Spot - Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. in Round Rock, TX. A presentation, reading, and signing with sweet treats for all!
Books of Wonder – Tuesday, October 23, 6-8 p.m. Halloween reading and signing with Claire Legrand and Adam Troy Castro.
The Texas Book Festival – October 27-28. Featured author and panelist. Panel and signing on Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
Region 12 Annual Library Jubilee – Tuesday, November 6. 16th annual librarian’s conference in Waco, Texas. World-building panel and Middle Grade Horror presentation.
Wimberley Village Library - Wednesday, Nov. 7 3:30 p.m. A one-hour workshop for kids ages 8-13, followed by a book signing.
Texas State University, College of Education – November 13 and 14. Presenting to upper-level education courses on the role of fairy tales in children’s education.
San Marcos Public Library Author Day – Sunday, Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m.
Texas Poetry Calendar reading – Saturday, December 1, 4-6 p.m., Bookpeople in Austin, TX.
Private Book Club appearance – Sunday, December 2. Austin, Texas.
Dripping Springs Library “Flights of Fancy” Literary Wine Tasting – Sat., Dec. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Private Writing Retreat at the “Lodge of Death” in LaGrange, Texas – January 11-13, 2013.
School Visit – January 16, 2013. Barton Hills Elementary, Austin.
Panel Discussion for Writer’s League of Texas – January 17, 2013. Bookpeople, Austin.
School Visit – Bauerschlag Elementary, League City, Feb. 1.
The Montgomery County Book Festival – February 2, 2013.
Austin SCBWI Annual Conference – Feb. 8-9.
UT Austin – Graduate School of Education lecture – Feb. 13.
School Visit – Walnut Creek Elementary, Austin, February 20.
School Visit – Lamar Middle School, Austin, February 21.
School Visit – Travis Heights Elementary, February 22.
School Visit – Bryker Woods Elementary, February 25.
School Visit – Zavala Elementary, March 4.
World Read-Aloud Day – Free Skype visits! – March 6.
Region 13 Education Service Center Literacy Conference – March 25.
School Visits – March 27- April 5. Tokyo, Japan.
School Visit – Oak Hill Elementary, May 10.
School Visit – Woolridge Elementary, May 17.
Kind Words about Nikki’s School and Library Visits:
“Nikki was one of the most amazing authors we’ve ever had at our school! Her sessions were delightful. She was funny, and touching. She snuck in great life lessons, and really, really related to the kids. (She’s a former teacher.) They sat for an hour and when she told them the session was over they were so disappointed. She has many different topics she will talk about, she shared with us her journey to be a published author and how she never gave up her dream to be a writer, just as the children should never give up their dreams. One week later, the children and teachers are still coming up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed her.
As a bonus, she’s offering to have lunch with a small group of children who have read her book. I invited my
book club to eat with her and it was an amazing experience for all of us. The children asked her thoughtful questions about her book and learned so much more about her book and the complexities of the characters and plot.”
– Kate Slaten, Brentwood Elementary Librarian
“Nikki Loftin presented a writing workshop for children 3rd grade and up at the Wimberley Village Library. It was fantastic! The children and adults were engaged, inspired and left feeling enthusiastic about writing.”
– Monica Rasco, Wimberley Village Library