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Writers' Lunch with authors Michelle Zaffino, Laura Goode, & Samantha Durbin
Engaging Your Audience with Music, Video, and other Interactive Tools

Authors for audiences of all ages can benefit from hitting "refresh" on how to approach writing, selling and marketing books.

Join us and Young Adult authors Laura Goode, Michelle Zaffino, and Samantha Durbin as they discuss how to engage readers of all ages with video, GIFs, memes, games, and other online tools; and how to incorporate these strategies into an author platform and marketing campaign. Each speaker will also outline her creative process and journey as a writer.

Laura Goode is the author of a collection of poems, Become a Name (Fathom Books, 2016), and a novel for young adults, Sister Mischief (Candlewick Press, 2011). She wrote (with director Meera Menon) and produced the feature film Farah Goes Bang; FGB premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and won the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize from Tribeca and Vogue.


Michelle Zaffino is a digital librarian and author of three books for teens, How Good It Can Be, The Love Quad, and Skylar Saffron, Librarian Detective, which is set at the Mechanics' Institute and published online as a serial at She indie publishes under In the Stacks Publishing.

Samantha Durbin is writing her first book, about her transformation through rave culture in the 90s from raver princess to aspiring Vogue editor. More at


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4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103

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