Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel The Education of Margot Sanchez.

to Mar 11

2018 AWP: Conference & Book Fair


Will be part of two panels:
Knowing Your Place: Identity and Space in Young Adult Fiction
with Samantha Mabry, Ibi Zoboi, Dhonielle Clayton and moderator Andrew Boryga.

Bad Girls Do It Well: Creating Flawed and Fully Formed "Bad" Girl Characters in YA Fiction
with Nova Ren Suma, Erika Sánchez, Brandy Colbert, and Amy Reed.

Find the schedule below:

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I'll also be signing books over at the Latinx Writers Caucus Booth #1503
Saturday from 2pm-3pm!

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10:00 AM10:00

LA Comic Con: I Want Your Job Panel

How exactly does one make a career in comics and pop-culture industries? You will be introduced to the path and skill sets needed to define and set your goals. Strategies for success will include marketing yourself, and turning your ideas into viable realities. Focus will be on showing direct parallels, influences, and strategies for pursuing these goals. Panelists will include authors, literary managers, illustrators, and editors, all doing what they love for a living! Audience Q&A encouraged.

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9:00 PM21:00

Los Angeles Lit Crawl: Out of the Mouth and Into the Fire

Join Jack Jones Literary Arts at Lit Crawl L.A. Poets Allison Conner, Shauna Barbosa (Cape Verdean Blues), Ashaki M. Jackson (Language Lesson), and Natalie J Graham (Begin With a Failed Body) will read varied selections from their work that focus on the segregation of southern California, the cruel beauty of the deep south, murdered black children, surveillance, domestic violence and what it means to be black, female, alive, determined, bruised. Come for the mourning, leave with the joy! Lilliam Rivera, author of the buzzed-about The Education of Margot Sanchez and a 2017 Los Angeles Times Face to Watch, to host. DJ Peter Woods to spin.

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10:00 AM10:00

SLJ Teen Live Virtual Conference

Join us on August 9, 2017 for SLJ’s 6th annual SLJTeen Live!, an online conference highlighting the biggest upcoming YA books and important issues impacting your teen materials and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors and innovative librarians in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. 

Author panels will tackle topics, including immigration, gender, and how to foster reluctant readers. 

Social Justice & Equity
Angie Thomas, author, The Hate U Give
Dick Lehr, author, Trell
Sarah Carroll, author, The Girl in Between
Lilliam Rivera, author, The Education of Margot Sanchez
Renée Watson, author, Piecing Me Together
Nic Stone, author, Dear Martin

Register here.

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10:00 AM10:00

One-Day Seminar! Family Ties—Mining The Personal for Tension-Filled Fiction

I'll be teaching a one-day seminar for Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Information of the seminar below: 

As writers, we strive to capture the truth on the page. We conjure up painful and sometimes exhilarating moments from our own lives and translate them into the experiences of three-dimensional characters. This one-day seminar introduces ways writers can unearth the intimately personal and repurpose those moments into compelling fiction. Participants will explore their own histories with in-class exercises that urge them to write bravely. The most personal experiences make for the most powerful fiction. This seminar is an interior mixtape where fiction and authenticity will flow freely.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz, where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Limited to eight students! Register here!

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to Jul 20

Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Program

I will be visiting the Felipe de Neve Library as part of the Los Angeles Public Library Summer Author Series. There will be refreshments and a chance to win a copy of the novel!

On Thursday, I will be visiting the Studio City Library! Copies of the book will be available for free. 

RSVP Here and check out the other authors participating in the program!

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to Jul 17

International Literacy Association 2017 Conference

I Will Not Be Defined by Your Expectations: Strong and Diverse Female Protagonists in Books for Children and Young Adults
with Renée Watson, Ruth Behar, Terrell Young
Saturday, July 15 at 1pm

The Putting Books to Work
Monday, July 18 at 8am
with Nikki Grimes, Mary Cotillo, Tonya Bolden, Erin O'Leary

Orange County Convention Center
West Building
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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to May 9

The Muse & The Marketplace

Tackling Tragedy in Young Adult
In this craft workshop, we will discuss structural choices in tackling traumatic events (bullying, death, natural disasters) while giving examples of ways these applications break boundaries and add perspective in articulating story.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA

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9:00 AM09:00


Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA  90405

11am Barnum Hall
Swipe Right: Love and the Modern Millennial

Moderated by Jennifer E. Smith with Nicola Yoon, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Adi Alsaid, and Kami Garcia

12PM Barnum Hall
Family Dramz: Exploring the Ways Families and Functions and Dysfunction
Moderated by Ally Condie with Lilliam Rivera, Tahereh Mafi, Jennifer Niven, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Angie Thomas

1pm Centennial Quad Signing

4pm Main Quad
Cookies & Competition with Riveted
Stop by to sample some cookies from Auntie Apple and test your YA book knowledge! Play with (and against) some of your favorite Simon & Schuster authors for a chance to win exclusive ARCs and swag! Authors will include Neal Shusterman, Lisa McMann, Lilliam Rivera, Sandhya Menon, Simon Curtis, and Cindy Pon.

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1:00 PM13:00

Bindercon LA

Is held on the beautiful UCLA campus on April 1 & 2, 2017. Our event brings together over 450 creative writers, journalists, freelancers, and film and TV writers each spring. 

1pm Networking Luncheon
3pm Life After Launch: How to Balance Book Promotion and Writing For the Long Haul

UCLA Campus

Buy tickets here!

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