November 1-3 , 2018. The Johnson County Public Library hosts it’s annual Writers Conference. Jessica joins the Work/Write Balance panel with Diana Reese and Aya Abdul-Rauf to share more about her experience as a working writer. Submit a first page of your work for a critique in the First Page Reads Panel, where Jessica will critique work alongside literary agent Lisa Bankoff and J.D. Tulloch of 39 West Press. Or register for one of her hour long workshops: Steps to Traditional Publication or How to Find (and be) a Great Critique Partner. The three-day conference is free to attend and is held at the Central Resource Branch, 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212. More details on session times to be announced.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Mid-Continent Public Library hosts LitUp Festival a great event featuring books and art for the next generation. I’m working in the background on this one, just on standby to help out our teen interviewers as needed in illustrator D.E. Uhlig‘s 10:00 a.m. session and author Shannon A. Thompson‘s 11:15 session. If you’re at the fest come say hi. I’d love to chat and fangirl(boy) with you about all of the amazing talent MCPL has lined up. I’m super excited for the night’s keynote–Nnedi Okorafor Ph.D. at 6:45 p.m! The all day conference is free to attend and is held at MCPL’s Independence branch: 317 US 24 Highway, Indpendence, MO 64050
Friday, November 3, 2017 4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. & Saturday, November 4th, 2017 3:00-3:45 p.m. The Johnson County Public Library hosts it’s annual Writers Conference. Jessica Conoley will live critique work alongside Jim Doering, Managing editor of the Blue Monday Review, and Andrew Karre, Executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers, at the “First Page Reads” sessions. The three-day conference (November 2nd-4th) is free to attend and is held at the Central Resource Branch, 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The Color Eater debut and Q&A with me at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO, 64111.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Kansas City Voices Meet the Staff at the Uptown Arts Bar. (3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO, 64111) This fundraiser features some of the editorial staff of Kansas City Voices arts and literary magazine. Come hear what Annie Raab, Alan Proctor, Jan Rog, Ken Buch, Mary Silwance, and Jessica Conoley have been working on.
Friday, January 13, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. WTF stories for your earballs at the Uptown Arts Bar. (3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111) The WTF writers group hits the stage once again for a night of unexpected adventure, laughter, and fun as we read our latest work. Be hypnotized by Dawn Downey’s creative essays, mystified by Annie Raab’s magical realism, captivated by Teresa Vratil’s wit, laugh out loud at Dane Zeller’s dialogue, and just say WTF? when I read some of my flash fiction.
Wednesday, November 30, 2017 noon – 1 p.m. Tune into KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City to hear my on Artspeak Radio. Maria Vasquez-Boyd and I will be talking about the upcoming issue of Kansas City Voices magazine.
Friday, January 15, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join me at the Uptown Arts Bar (3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111) for the Annie Raab Writes Fundraiser. Writers and musicians are pooling our talents for the evening to help raise funds for Annie’s residency in Morocco. I’m on the talent line up and will be reading some of my new work.
Friday, December 11, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. I’ll be reading as part of the Salon for the Arts. Come on out to 2016 Baltimore Studio 303 KCMO 64108 to hear some fantastic stories, do a little holiday shopping with local merchants, see some fantastic art, and meet some very talented, fun people.
Friday, November 6, 2015. I’ve be delving into the brains of kids at Rosehill Elementary School. I’ve been invited to share with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders the magic of world building as part of their annual Creative Writing Workshop.
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. I’ll be launching Volume 13 of Kansas City Voices at the Plaza Branch of the KCMO Public Library (4801 Main St). Come to hear good stories and meet great people. I’ll also be announcing some big changes on the way for Whispering Prairie Press!
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. I get to do the interviewing! I’ll be asking Dawn Downey all the scary questions I dread getting asked in an interview. This nail biting interrogation will happen at the launch of her newest book From Dawn to Daylight: Essays. Join us at 7600 West 90th Ter. Overland Park KS 66212 for a fun time.
Join me September 6, 2015 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the dotPOP!shop (731 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101). I’ll be reading for the “Truer Words Never” literary salon. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of a literary salon, all it means is good stories, weird–yet charming–people, and a chance to talk to writers about our work.