October 2, 2019 in Lawrence, Kansas
Author Visit at Billy Mills Middle School
The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Kansas invited me to speak about Mawangdui, writing nonfiction, and resources for using my book in classrooms. The 7th graders and teachers asked engaging, wide-ranging questions. Many thanks to Amanda Snider, Lori Byers, and John Kennedy for a terrific day!
Billy Mills Middle School
2734 Louisiana Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
April 13, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado
2019 Spring Fiction and Nonfiction Writers Conference
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI hosted a one-day mini-conference with sessions on picture books, novels, nonfiction, and professional skills. In my session, “Asking Questions: The Heart of Nonfiction,” I discussed ways to make nonfiction compelling by sharing how questions drive each stage of my writing process from initial curiosity to research, notetaking, outlining, focusing the writing, and making connections to readers. Thank you, RMC-SCBWI for a fun and inspiring day!
2280 Junction Place
Boulder, CO 80301
May 5, 2018 in Colorado Springs
“Mountain of Authors“
One of my critique groups (Todd Tuell, Marjorie Blain Parker, Denise Vega, Julie Danneberg, Kathleen Pelley, and me) presented a Q&A panel at this annual event of the Pikes Peak Library District. We shared our experiences and tips on writing for children, which you can view in this video. Thank you, PPLD, for a wonderful day!
Pikes Peak Library District
5550 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
June 24, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado
Author Panel – “Jump into Writing for Children”
I’ve been in a critique group for over twenty(!) years. We did our first Author Panel together, offering our best writing advice and answering questions. Thank you to Barnes & Noble Denver for hosting us!
Barnes & Noble Denver
8136 West Bowles Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123
March 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST Online
I presented a webinar, “A Time Capsule of Ancient China: Lady Dai and the Tombs of Mawangdui,” hosted by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS), a national site of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTAsia). I introduced highlights of the discoveries from Mawangdui, pointed to resources on my website for teaching or studying more about it, and answered questions. The webinar is archived for viewing at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7876052851393793795.
January 30, 2016 in Golden, Colorado
Young Writers’ Workshop
I shared strategies for writing nonfiction at a Young Writers’ Workshop sponsored by the Education Nonprofit Corporation (ENC). The students (along with a few adults) impressed me with their creativity. Thank you, ENC!
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401
October 6, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas
East Asian Literary Festival
The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas held their first literary festival for middle school students. I led a breakout session and also participated on a Q&A panel with fellow authors Linda Sue Park and Lois Ruby. The students made it really fun with their interest and terrific questions!
Here’s the description of my workshop:
Telling True Stories: Curiosity, Questions, and a Chinese Mummy
Christine Liu-Perkins will take students on a tour of an ancient Chinese tomb, explaining the process she used to research and write about the mummy, Lady Dai. She will teach strategies that students can use for their own research and non-fiction writing.
The University Daily Kansan reported on the event, and CEAS posted a photo album of people (and books) there. Many thanks to the KU CEAS and KU Confucius Institute!
Kansas Memorial Union
The University of Kansas
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
April 29, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas
Author Visit at South Middle School
The audience of 6th graders were enthusiastic and attentive while learning about Lady Dai of Mawangdui and writing research projects. They are pros at solving riddles! With thanks to Mrs. Poettker and South Middle School!
South Middle School
2734 Louisiana Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
February 18, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado
A Celebration of Chinese New Year
It was fun sharing highlights of the Mawangdui tombs and of writing the book, admiring the Chinese knotted necklaces that people made, and eating a rice cake dessert. Special thanks to Miho Shida!
Meadows Branch Library
4800 W. Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303
December 11-14, 2014 in Changsha, Hunan, China
International Symposium Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Excavation of the Han Tombs at Mawangdui
Thanks to the Hunan Provincial Museum, I had an amazing time with experts and scholars from around the world discussing research on the Mawangdui tombs. This opportunity also fulfilled my dream of returning to the tombsites of Lady Dai, the Marquis of Dai, and their son. The Chinese version of my article “Exploring Mawangdui as a Time Capsule with Students and General Audiences” is published in the Proceedings from the symposium.
Hunan Provincial Museum
50 Dong Feng Road
Changsha, Hunan, China
May 14, 2014 in Denver, Colorado
Middle Grade/Young Adult Author Panel
In celebration of Children’s Book Week, MG/YA authors Melanie Crowder, Lindsay Eland, Ellen Mahoney, Claudia Mills, Barbara Wright, and I held a Q&A panel discussion and signed our new books. Thank you, Tattered Cover!
Tattered Cover – Colfax
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
February 6, 2014 in Denver, Colorado
CCIRA 2014 Conference on Literacy
I enjoyed sharing my presentation, “Research is Fun! An Author’s Process in Writing Nonfiction,” with educators, librarians, and other literacy advocates of the Colorado Council International Reading Association. Thank you, CCIRA!
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street
Denver, CO 80237