Events and appearances

Upcoming events and appearances by Maria E. Andreu:

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Book Maria to speak at your school or library.  Author of the Junior Library Guild Selection, THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, and a writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post and the Star Ledger, Maria speaks to groups across the country on the issues of immigration, bullying and exclusion, and creative writing.  Scroll down to submit your request for a visit.



Six Myths about Immigration in the U.S. Today

From “they take our jobs,” to “they should do it like our grandparents,” the immigration debate today  is full of misinformation and divisiveness.  Maria, a formerly undocumented immigrant who became a citizen thanks to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, brings a voice of compassion and common-sense solutions to immigration conversations in your school.

The Place Where the Light Enters You

The Rumi quote, “The wound is where the light enters you,” is the basis for a discussion about the words we use about one another, the wounds they cause, and the way that we can all contribute to a better world.  Informed by her own experiences of what labels like “illegal” did to her as a teenager, Maria leads a discussion filled with honesty, insight and, most of all, hope.

Writing for Teenagers and The Unlikely Route Through the Publishing Business

Let Maria talk to your writing group or conference attendees about her unlikely path to publication, about the one bit of advice that changed everything, and why so much of what you believe about getting published is wrong.

School Visits

Up to 3 one-hour talks per day (assembly or classroom style), grades 7 through university-level,
Fee plus travel (from New York City), lodging and per diem expenses.

It is strongly suggested that the students be familiar with THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY and/or my essays prior to the visit.

Public Libraries

Up to a two hour talk or workshop.
Fee plus travel (from New York City), lodging and per diem expenses.

Book club Skype/Google Hangout chat

A limited number of free 30-minute chat slots are available monthly, free for groups of 10 or more readers who would like to discuss THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.


Past appearances:

Texas Teen Book Festival
Texas Teen Book Festival
St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
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