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I love connecting with readers!

come meet me at these upcoming events:

October 20-21, 2023: Kentucky Book Festival 

November 10-11, 2023: Louisville Book Festival 

Past Events Scrapbook

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The SCBWI Mid-south 2022 Conference was a blast! Fictional character gala, book signings, amazing classes, and of course seeing all my writing besties in Nashville again was a breath of fresh air!

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SHANNON STOCKER, AMY BEAMAN, NELL CAMPBELL,

ERICA ROGERS, AND ME!

It turns out there is nothing better than writers in Steampunk. The 2019 SCBWI Mid-south fall conference ended in a steampunk themed bash, where I won honorable mention in the YA first chapter contest! I also got to sign books with Eric Smith and Shauna La Voy Reynolds. Also, Lynda Mullaly Hunt was signing a few tables away from me!

YEP, THAT'S ME SIGNING BOOKS WITH AUTHOR ERIC SMITH 

@ERICSMITHROCKS! 

December, 2019--My first event in Indiana at the Indianapolis Holiday Author Fair. Santa stopped by, and I got to sign books with Jay Coles and Sherrie Eldridge!

Kentucky Book Fair 2018 with Mindee Arnett, Kristina McBride, and Lynn Slaughter

A Novel Conversation 

with librarian Brian Seadorf

The Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) invited me to Nashville to take part in a conversation between childrens authors and school librarians during their annual conference.

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NKYA fest 2018 with Saundra Mitchell and Liz Coley

Storymakers Conference, 2018

Storymakers is always the highlight of my year! This year I met Adam Berg from Studio C (yes, I totally fangirled!!) AND I got to sign books alongside Shannon Hale, one of my all-time favorite authors. Achievements unlocked! And the friends, new and old, that I meet up with each year are

SO much fun.

GUILD MEMBER DUTIES 

WORKING THE REGISTRATION TABLE!

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School Visits, Fall 2017

I really enjoy doing school visits--meeting young readers and talking to them about story craft is so thrilling. It's especially great when I get to witness their excitement grow during the time that we're together. 

LOVED GETING THIS GIANT THANK-YOU CARD

AFTER A MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIT. AWWW. 

SCHOOL VISIT TESTIMONIALS

"I cannot say enough about how inspiring and motivational it was to have Teresa Richards speak to our students about writing. Her tips on "Save the Cat" and the "Ticking Time Bomb" could be used by writers of every age!"

--Ms. Beatty 8th grade

"Mrs. Richards visited our second grade classroom and was an absolute hit!  The students LOVED hearing about how books were written and all the steps it took to get one published.  We LOVED hearing how she compared the writing to baking and decorating a cake.  The students were hanging on her every word and the excitement they had for writing after her visit was contagious.  They were wanting to write all the time and discussed their writing using the cake to aide in their discussions.  Having her able to come and talk with our class was such a wonderful experience.  I know that I will remember this visit for a long time and I know that the students will be using this visit to develop their writing for years to come!  I am so fortunate to have had the pleasure of hearing her speak and discuss writing with my students!"

--Ms. Glauber 2nd grade

"Mrs. Richards' school visit knocked the socks off my students! She brought writing to life as she walked students through the writing process. Students were inspired and challenged to be better writers as she shared her personal experience and knowledge. The presentation was enhanced by Mrs. Richards' energy and hands-on materials.  Students' writing benefited from their time with Mrs. Richards."

--Ms. Burge 7th grade

"I just wanted to thank you one more time for coming to our school and speaking to our students. They could not stop talking about you the next day and I know a lot of them are looking forward to the writing competition. Your story and message hit close to home for many of them and I cannot thank you enough for reiterating what we at Henry County are trying to get them to understand. 

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to come talk to our students. It meant the world to them and me."

--Ms. Ouellette 10th grade

"It was wonderful to have Teresa Richards on campus here at Henry County High School. My English III Honors students greatly benefited from her calm and pleasant disposition. Furthermore, for aspiring writers, she was a hit. Teresa described the writing process to my students, step-by-step, sharing with them the “tricks of the trade” so to speak. Although dense and college-level, her presentation provided my students with many needed skills that they will later implement in their writing process next semester. Many thanks to Teresa for sharing her wisdom with Henry County School."

--Mr. Tehle 11th grade

"My class was so lucky to have Teresa Richards visit! She did a wonderful job engaging the students and getting them excited about the writing process. They were all very excited to learn from her and hear about her book, Emerald Bound. I would highly recommend this author visit to other teachers!"

--Ms. Throneburg 2nd grade

Kentucky Book Fest

November 2017

My first time participating at the Kentucky Book Fair, and I got to do it with my good friend Gail Nall! I walked away with new friends Debbie Dadey and Stephanie Faris, AND I got to sign books alongside Adam Silvera and Ally Condie! Yes, I fangirled appropriately.

Storymakers Conference

May 2017

Got to sign books with my good friend and former college roomie Nikki Trionfo, which was so super cool. Twinning with Kate Watson, who I first met online after we both made it into one of Brenda Drake's Pitch Madness contests together. AND I met James Dashner!

SOKY Book Fest, April 2017

This event was my first big one ever, and such a dream come true! There was an author mix and mingle the night before the two-day event, where I met some literary heroes: RL Stine (!!!), Gwenda Bond, Lorie Langdon, Carie Corp, Kathryn Ormsbee, Obert Skye, Christina Farley, Brooks Benjamin, and so many others. I got to be on several author panels, where I had the privilege of meeting and connecting with young readers and answering questions about books, pop culture, my writing process, and so many other fun topics. And I signed books next to Courtney Stevens, who is an absolute gem of a human, in addition to being an incredible author. I loved this event so much, and it was super fun to drive down together with my local writing pal Gail Nall!

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GEEKING OUT OVER MEETING R.L. STINE

AT THE AUTHOR MIX N MINGLE

Northern Kentucky YA Book Fest (NKYA), 2016
What a fun event! The librarians in Northern Kentucky are rockstars, and they organized a fantastic event, with some fun panels I got to participate in. I met lots of incredible new author friends, including CJ Redwine, Sarah J Schmitt, Jennifer Osbourne, Liz Coley, Kristin Tubb, and Saundra Mitchell. 

The event that started it all!

OCPL Fireside Cafe Teen Meet and Greet

February, 2016

I will forever be grateful to the teen librarian at the Oldham County Library for her enthusiasm upon finding out I was a YA author with a newly released debut book. We had just moved to a new state, away from my writing group and entire writing support network, and I'm not gonna lie, I was feeling lonely and a little lost. She planned this cute Fireside Chat event where her teen writing group could come meet me and do a Q&A session. She even planned a fun Truth or Dare Challenge for them to complete afterward. This was my very first experience talking about my writing and my book in front of an audience, and although it was terrifying at first, I found that I really loved talking with readers face to face and discussing the writing process with eager listeners. My love of doing in-person events started with this one!

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