Readings & Appearances

Saturdays, August 12/19, Los Angeles, CA 12-3pm

Together with Louisa Rosager, I’ll be co-teaching a 2-week creativity/dream/writing workshop in Los Angeles. Last month was our pilot workshop and it was incredible. Please join us as we explore characters and plot in your dreams and creative works. We have 2 spots available for 8/12 class, and 3 for 8/19.  Code word: DREAMERS gets you $10.00 off.

Tickets and more info here



Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Ojai, CA, 7:15-8:15pm

We will be discussing dream work, active imagination and more at The Oaks Spa in Ojai.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, 12-5pm

I’ll be co-teaching a class called “The Story is the Spell” with Louisa Rosager. We’ll be exploring the narratives we live by, and the narratives that are being fed to us by media and other sources. Course includes writing prompts, dream exploration and active imagination.

Limited to 8 students

More information and tickets here

Saturdays, June 3, 10, 24, July 1, Los Angeles, CA

Together with Louisa Rosager, I’ll be teaching an amazing 4-week creativity/dream/writing workshop in Los Angeles. Please click the links below to read more about it and register.

Eventbrite - Surfacing:Bringing Your Best Work to Consciousness, a Creativity and Writing Workshop

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:00pm, Ojai, CA

I’ll be teaching a writing workshop called The Graphic Novel Memoir at the wonderful Oaks Spa in Ojai, California.

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 7:00pm, Ojai, CA

I’ll be teaching a writing workshop called The Graphic Novel Memoir at the wonderful Oaks Spa in Ojai, California.

February 15-19, 2017, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I’ll be teaching a writing workshop on the Graphic Novel Memoir. This is an incredible conference. Read more about it here!

September 21-25, 2016, Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT

I’m excited to be heading back to Missoula for the 2016 Montana Book Festival. I’ll be teaching and speaking at this very special book fest. More information coming soon, but in the meanwhile click here.

March 12-13, 2016, Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ

On Saturday, March 12 I will be speaking on a panel, and teaching a course at this festival.

Mending Webs: Adventures in Rebuilding a Life
Novelists discuss weaving thick webs of friendship and love as a literary means to build character and rebuild lives.
WORKSHOP: How To Catch A Story
Writing and Researching the Novel

Click here for more info.

February 10-14, 2016, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Join me in beautiful San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. Joyce Carol Oates and Scott Simon are keynote speakers, among others…

I’m teaching a Young Adult course. Check it out!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Fusion Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Discussing “Bear Witness” at this L.A. high school.

Monday, September 28, 2015, Brooklyn, NY, Pete’s Candy Store

Haven’t you heard? Monday is the new Friday! Please (and I mean: PLEASE!) join me for a reading and discussion of “Bear Witness”, at the hippest venue in town. 6:30pm.

September 10-12, 2015, Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT

I’ll be speaking on a panel and teaching a workshop at the Montana Book Festival. Click here for more information.

Sunday, August 2, 2015, Los Angeles, 4-5:30pm, 826LA, 1714 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, CA

As the winner of July’s “live writer” event, I will be appearing again at Dave Rocklin’s Roar Shack writing salon. Come join for an enjoyable afternoon of words and music.  Click here for more information.

Sunday, July 12, 2015, Los Angeles, CA, 4pm, 826LA, 1714 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park

Appearing at Dave Rocklin’s Roar Shack event as a “live writer”.

(2 writers create a short story based on audience suggestion)

Come join for an enjoyable afternoon! Click here for more information.

Thursday, May 21, 2015, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, Oregon, 7pm


Reading and signing “Bear Witness”.


Thursday, May 14, 2015, Books, Inc., Marina, San Francisco, 7pm
Discussing and signing “Bear Witness”

Saturday, April 11, 2015, Electric Lodge, Venice, CA

Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291

I will be selling books in conjunction with Tonya Meeks’ one-woman show, “Flying Standby”

For more information click here.

Tuesday April 7, 2015, 7pm – Book Soup, Los Angeles


Launch party and reading/signing for “Bear Witness” – Wine included


Thursday April 2, 2015, 7-9pm, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles


Authors Melissa Clark (“Bear Witness”) and Kerri Steinberg (“Jewish Mad Men”) will read from and sign their new books. Open to the public.

Saturday March 28, 2015, Ojai, CA 7pm

I will be teaching a writing workshop at the wonderful Oaks Spa in Ojai on Saturday, March 28, 2015:

Imagination Vacation

Come test the limits of your imagination in this whimsical writing workshop. We’ll use fiction techniques and guided writing prompts to explore your creative side, while sampling some essential ingredients of fiction and magical realism. Never written a word in your life? No problem. This workshop is guaranteed to get your stories flowing.

10% discount if you are interested in attending the Oaks while I am there. Please contact me through this site for more details.

Tuesday March 17, 2015, Emerson College, Boston, MA, 8pm





Women In Motion

“20 Ways to Live a Creative Life”, and book signing


March 8, 2015, 1-4pm, Los Angeles

Excavating the Story: A Multi-dimensional Creativity Workshop with author Melissa Clark and psychotherapist Tonya Meeks
Have a great idea but can’t motivate to begin it? Writing in circles? Working on a project for years but can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? In this afternoon intensive workshop, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work with a psychotherapist and published author/writing professor to excavate the debris that is clouding your ability to start or finish your creative project. Engage in a gentle, empathetic therapeutic process to uncover your psychological defenses, and generate new pages and ideas through dynamic writing exercises. This 3-hour course is limited to 8 people and costs 85.00

For more information and to sign up, please click CONTACT ME on this website.

Location: Los Angeles – address given once spot is confirmed.