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YOU ARE HERE: WriteGirl’s Latest Book Has Launched!

Published January 13, 2014 by Teresa
The new WriteGirl anthology has arrived!

The new WriteGirl anthology has arrived!

I continue to be awed and inspired through my involvement with WriteGirl. Every year, WriteGirl publishes an anthology of work written by both mentees and mentors in the program, and this weekend was the book launch of their latest publication. It’s called You Are Here: The WriteGirl Journey, and it’s a beautiful volume that contains some really affecting, emotional prose and poetry, as well as some wonderful writing exercises for the teenagers in your life.

The book launch was held at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the L.A. Public Library on 5th Street in DTLA, which is a beautiful building and a great space to work (support your local libraries, y’all!). I was there volunteering to help sell books at one of the book tables at the event, but I was also able to attend the actual reading…

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The Mark Taper Auditorium is such an awesome venue. It’s so great that they partnered with WriteGirl for this event!

I'd heard this girl read her work before at other WriteGirl events, and she's amazing. Such a lively reader!

I’d heard this girl read her work before at other WriteGirl events, and she’s amazing. Such a lively reader!

It was incredible. About fifteen girls read their original work from the anthology, and I was flummoxed by how good their work was. It reminded me of how much potential and fearlessness I had as a young writer, and I have to say I envied them. They wrote in a way that I used to, but seem to have forgotten. Putting everything on the page shamelessly – because when you’re a teenage girl, you don’t care how “melodramatic” you sound. You’re not guarded, or ashamed of your feelings. And even though many of the girls seemed nervous to be reading their work in front of people, some for the first time, they certainly weren’t nervous about committing their intense, unfettered emotion to the page, and it gave me a huge amount of respect for them. It also reminded me that that part of myself is still in here somewhere, and I have to remember that even though my craft as a writer has improved, it needs to be balanced out by the fearlessness that only disappears with your youth if you let it.

Another wonderful reader whom I met earlier while I was at the book table. We bonded over the importance of getting the right "vibe" from a journal before choosing it. :)

Another wonderful reader whom I met earlier while I was at the book table. We bonded over the importance of getting the right “vibe” from a journal before choosing it. :)

If you’d like to support and encourage that fearlessness, I strongly urge you to get a copy of You Are Here! It’s a great read for adults, and it can be an inspiring gift to give a teenage girl in your life, even if she might not otherwise be into reading or writing on her own. There’s something about reading the work of your peers that’s different and special, and if you can give that gift to a young woman you know, it can be an amazing thing.

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And lastly, there’s going to be one last volunteer training on February 1st, because there are still so many girls who need us. So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to help, it’s not too late! Visit the WriteGirl website to find out more!

After all, if WriteGirl is good enough for Michelle Obama (she presented WriteGirl with the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award), it should be good enough for you! :)

After all, if WriteGirl is good enough for Michelle Obama (she presented WriteGirl with the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award), it should be good enough for you! :)

My NYCC Schedule – FRIDAY

Published October 8, 2010 by Teresa

Care to stalk me at the Javitz Center today? :) Here’s where I’m likely to be at New York Comic Con today:

1:00PM – Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon signing at the Dark Horse booth! Gotta show my Demo/Daytrippers love!

2/2:15PM – either I’ll be at the Marvel panel (1A06) at 2PM, or the “Writing Action Packed and Character-Driven Stories” panel (1A15) at 2:15PM. Not sure yet.

LUNCH/WANDERING TIME! Including an interview I’m snagging for a possible ChinaShop post.

4:30PM – Image Writers (including Robert Kirkman!) panel (1A14)

Pursue autographs from MARJORIE LIU (Table 16) and JASON AARON (Marvel booth)

Wander until…

7:00PM - “Monsters” panel (1A06)

8:45PM – James Marsters Spotlight panel (1A08)

And then after all that, I’m off to the GEEK GIRLS NETWORK TWEET-UP!

Whew! I got tired just typing that. Thank goodness the Con doesn’t get started until 1PM. Hopefully, I’ll be meeting friends there, too!

So, if you want to find me, there’s the general plan for what I’ll be doing. I’d love to say hello!  :)

Happy New York Comic Con, everyone!

“On the Ground Floor” Online Release Parties!

Published September 23, 2010 by Teresa

Who knew that my favorite picture of myself EVER would come about using the camera on my phone in the barthroom at a party?

You read that right, kids.  Parties.  As in plural.  As in MORE THAN ONE.

Because I have fans.  As Felicia Day so eloquently put it in Commentary: The Musical, I have fans in the “baker’s dozens!”  :)  So, clearly, I have to have two parties to accommodate them all.  Here’s how it’s going to go down:

TOMORROW – September 24th at 8:00PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

THE FIRST ON THE GROUND FLOOR RELEASE PARTY! Tune in with a glass of wine for an hour-long celebration of my very first printed thing EVER.  I’ll tell you all about the stories contained therein, tell you how you can snag a copy, do personalized signings online, chat with you all and answer any random questions you might have (they don’t even have to be about me, I’m great at Google searching), and then do a reading of a story NOT in the book!  So, if you watch and buy the chapbook, you’ll be getting THREE short stories for the price of two.  That’s a fucking BARGAIN.

SATURDAY, September 25th at 11:00AM ET/4:00PM GMT

Join me for TEA TIME WITH TERESA! (Didn’t I tell you I was a fan of alliteration?) 4PM is traditionally “tea time” in England, right?  Well, if not, IT IS NOW!  I’m doing this American-style, bitches!  Kinda like how we took all the useless “u’s” out of words like color and favorite.  But this release party for On the Ground Floor is for all the folks who follow me on Twitter, or who are my Facebook friends and live in Europe (and won’t be staying up until 1AM to watch my first party), as well as the early risers in the States.  For some reason, I have a lot of followers in the UK.  I guess it’s because I write about Doctor Who a lot, or something.  Same deal as above, except I’ll be drinking tea instead of wine.  Also, I’ll be reading a DIFFERENT SHORT STORY.  So, it’s not just going to be the same party twice.

This should be fun!  I hope you’ll spread the word and tune in tomorrow and/or Saturday.  Tune in to THE TERESA JUSINO EXPERIENCE’S USTREAM CHANNEL and join in the celebration!

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