Previous Appearances

Highlights from Past Appearances and Events

amanda-mctigue-sebastopol-lit-art-crawl-2017June 17, 2017 at 1:00pm

Featured Reader

Amanda was asked by Copperfield’s Books to read at the inaugural Sebastopol Lit & Art Crawl coordinated by Vicki DeArmon at All Things Book. She joined local authors Elizabeth Stark, Julia Park Tracy, Becca Lawton, Claire Hennessy, Iliani Matisse, Carol Miller and Angie Powers. Free and open to the public. 

into-the-heartwood-imageMay 13, 2017 at 12:30pm


Amanda led a conversation with choreographer Nancy Lyons, music director Lynne D. Morrow and sculptor Bruce Johnson about the world premier of their collaborative performance “Into the Heartwood,” a dance + music + sculpture work inspired by and presented around Mr. Johnson’s old-growth-redwood sculptures at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Sponsored by Soco Dance Theater. The event was free and suitable for families and friends of all ages.  


hospice-2017-2May 9, 2017 at 12:00pm

Keynote Speaker

Amanda was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary of Hospice Services of St. Joseph Health and its Hospice Heritage Circle. She spoke about the “wild creativity” involved in end-of-life care, sharing stories and insights. Amanda’s novel “Going to Solace” celebrates the under-sung genius of professional and familial caretakers at a hospice in a small North Carolina town. The cause and honorees at this luncheon could not have been more worthy. Coordinated by Hospice of Petaluma



March 25, 2017 from 8am to 1pm

Presentation Coach

Amanda was delighted to have been asked back to help coach aspiring authors at the Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter’s annual Pitch-o-Rama, where agents, editors and publishers gathered to listen to authors pitch their next great book. Open to the public.

amanda_mctigue_magic_flute_2017_croppedFebruary 23-March 5, 2017

Opera Director

Amanda staged Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” for the Department of Opera and Music Theater at Sonoma State University with music director Lynne D. Morrow. The full production included professional and student singer-actors, a live orchestra, unique puppets designed by Mary Nagler, as well as costumes, set, lighting, and special f/x created for the Broadway-style Person theater on the SSU campus. 


amanda-mctigue-and-michael-krasny-2017January 27, 2017 at 7:o0pm


San Francisco Bay Area’s Lit Camp asked Amanda to emcee “Seriously Funny,” an evening of readings at the Basement in San Francisco featuring the host of KQED’s Forum Michael Krasny, author of “Let There Be Laughter.” All proceeds went to support scholarships for Dave Eggers’ ScholarMatch and Lit Camp. Open to the public.


Going-to-Solace-ShelfNovember 14, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm

Literary Book Club

Amanda was delighted to meet with a group of book club readers in Sonoma, CA who featured her novel as their November book-of-the month. 



Amanda-McTigue-Redwood-Writers 2014November 13, 2016 from 3pm to 5pm

Featured Speaker: Writer’s Voice

Amanda presented a condensed version of her Writing Emotion workshop for the Redwood Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club. 



Live storytelling

October 15, 2016 at 6pm

Featured Reader: Lit Camp for LitCrawl

Amanda was asked by Lit Camp, a Bay Area hub of literary excellence, to represent at LitQuake’s wild-and-crazy LitCrawl in San Francisco. She was a featured reader with a new short story inspired by the theme “venom” (greatness!). Hosted by Four Barrel Coffee.


New Short Fiction SeriesOctober 9, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm

Readers’ Theatre: New Short Fiction

Two of Amanda’s new short stories were featured at a staged reading performed by professional actors in North Hollywood at the Federal Bar as part of the New Short Fiction Series in affiliation with the Barnes & Noble Nook Press program and L.A.’s Litcrawl


Amanda leads a workshop with the Napa Valley Writers 2014

September 17, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm

Featured Reader: Writing Emotion

Amanda discussed Writing Emotion at this member meeting of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club. 


Lit Camp Amanda McTigue StorytellingMay 14, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Talent Show Surprise: Storytelling

Amanda found the gumption to deliver one of her live-told, no-notes, true stories to the luminaries of Lit Camp during their last-hurrah talent show. Somehow her memory did not fail her and she let everyone in on a family secret, “The Fellowship of the Crown.”  




Going-to-Solace-ShelfMay 10, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Literary Book Club

Amanda was delighted to meet with a group of truly literary book club readers in Santa Rosa, CA who featured her novel as their May book-of-the month. 



Amanda-McTigue-Redwood-Writers 2014

April 23, 2016 from 3pm to 5pm

Featured Speaker: Literary Fiction

Amanda was honored to be asked back as a featured speaker at the Redwood Writers Pen-to-Published Conference in Santa Rosa, CA to discuss Literary FictionInside the Genre and Across Genres. 




Amanda McTigue South Bay WritersApril 16, 2016 from 10am to 3pm

Workshop Leader: The Author’s Voice 

The South Bay Writers branch of the California Writers Club was kind enough to ask Amanda back, following up her one-hour lecture on The Author’s Voice with a 3-hour participatory workshop on the same topic. 




CWC EmotionMarch 17, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

Workshop Leader: Writing Emotion 

Amanda presented an extended mini-workshop on Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down? to the Petaluma Writers Forum




Amanda McTigue Central Coast Writers 2March 15, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm

Featured Speaker: Writing Emotion

Amanda was asked to address the Central Coast branch of the California Writers Club on Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down? 



Amanda-McTigue-StorytellerFebruary 20, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm

Featured Storyteller

As a “regular” and former champion of West Side Stories, Amanda was asked to tell a whopper at this fundraiser for the upcoming, first-ever Wine Country Storytelling Festival. The topic: How the Arts Have Shaped my Life. Co-hosted by the Petaluma Center for the Arts. 


Amanda in Merced

January 14, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Thinking Women Book Club 

Amanda was delighted to meet with a fiery group of Santa Rosa readers who featured Going to Solace as their January book club selection. Open to members only. 




Amanda_McTigue_Workshop_Redwood_WritersNovember 14, 2015

Workshop Leader: The Art of Pitching

Amanda led an interactive workshop on The Art of Pitching for Redwood Writers (a branch of the California Writers Club). Open to members and to the public. 


RipleyOctober 19, 2015

Featured Speaker: The Dogs of Going to Solace

What a terrific honor, and what fun! Area poet, Michelle Wing, asked Amanda to speak to her class at the Bergin University for Canine Studies (a school that trains the trainers of working dogs). Amanda read excerpts from her novel “Going to Solace” featuring dogs both living and in the form of ghosts. Open to class members. 


Women's PowerStrategy Conference

October 10, 2015

Workshop Leader: Writing Emotion

For the second year in a row, Amanda was asked to lead a 3-hour workshop for the Mt. Diablo branch of the California Writers Club. This year the topic was Writing Emotion: How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down? Open to members and to the public. 



September 20, 2015

Master Class: Connecting through Song

Drawing on her experience both in theater and as a classical singer, Amanda led Melinda Moreaux’s voice students in a master class, helping them connect to audiences through songs from classical, theatrical and pop repertoires. 


Blocking Notes copySeptember 15, 2015

Featured Speaker: A Director’s POV

Amanda had a ball drawing on her experience as a writer, stage director and producer speaking to the stage management class at Sonoma State University led by master stage manager and producer Juliet Pokorny.


Amanda McTigue KVMT

August 17, 2015

TV Interview

Amanda had a great talk with Clare Mullin on her program Colorful Journeys of Success on KMVT in Mountain View CA. In two installments, she discussed her work as an author and as a coach for writers, sharing stories from her decidedly colorful journey through both success and “failure.”



Amanda McTigue barking dogAugust 10, 2015

Featured Speaker: The Author’s Voice

Amanda gave a multi-media presentation to the South Bay Writers branch of the California Writers Club on The Author’s Voice: Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words in San Jose, CA. 


Amanda and IrisMarch 28, 2015

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Amanda read from her novel at the Sonoma County Local Authors Showcase and Symposium, sponsored by the Sonoma County Library. She’s pictured here with local poet and author Iris Jamahl Dunkle.


Stage DirectingMarch 20-21, 2015

Featured Speaker: Storytellers Conference

Storytellers Conference & Expo in Santa Rosa, CA. Amanda led two workshops: “Who’s Writing the Story? Partnering with  Readers/Audiences” and “What Storytellers Can Learn from Directors; Layer Your Scenes, Nail Your Story.”

Amanda McTigue is a very exciting and engaging speaker. At our recent Northern California Writers’ StoryTellers Expo, Amanda shared important knowledge about the craft of writing from a director’s perspective with the attendees. She gave an incredibly insightful and helpful presentation that had attendees raving about her.  She unanimously received two thumbs up from both the attendees and the staff as being the best speaker at our event. We will definitely be asking Amanda to return next year, as she couldn’t have been a nicer, or more informative speaker.

Anne Jordan, President, Northern California Writers; Chair, Storytellers Conference & Expo

Amanda McTigue screenshotMarch 19, 2015

Workshop Leader: Marketing? Branding? Connecting!

Amanda led an interactive workshop on “Marketing? Branding? Connecting!”for the Petaluma Writers Forum. As a true introvert, she has developed strategies for engaging herself, not to mention her own creativity, to address this challenging aspect of being a writer.


Amanda-McTigue-StorytellerDecember 4, 2014

Champion Live Storyteller

For the second year in a row, Amanda won Best Storyteller of 2014 at West Side Stories Petaluma. West Side Stories is a monthly live storytelling event–five-minute, true stories told with no notes–modeled on “The Moth” in New York City.


mus 160 b theaterFall and Spring, 2014

Lecturer: Critical Thinking, Speaking and Writing

Amanda led a class in critical thinking, speaking and writing for Sonoma State University freshmen through a lecture and discussion class called “Music: What’s Going On Here?”


October 22, 2014

Featured Reader: Big Fast

Amanda’s story “Big Fast” was chosen as one of the spooky tales to be read aloud by kerosene lamp inside a marble mausoleum in Santa Rosa, CA for Mysteries in the Mausoleum, one of the most effective live literary events Amanda’s ever had the pleasure of participating in.


AqusOctober 21, 2014

Moderator: Marketing for Writers

Amanda led a speed-date roundtable on Marketing at the Written Word Mixer sponsored by the Aqus Arts Community in Petaluma, CA. 



October 11, 2014

Workshop Leader: The Author’s Voice

California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo asked Amanda to lead a three-hour interactive workshop: “Authentic, Compelling, Memorable: What Voice Can Do for Your Writing.” The workshop was so successful, she was asked back in 2015.

September 13, 2014

Master Class: Connecting through Song

At the Melinda Moreaux Studio Amanda led a master class for singers on acting techniques that bring songs to life.

September 4, 2014

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Amanda read from Going to Solace as a featured reader for Books Onstage, Cloverdale, CA, and fielded a lively conversation with the audience afterward.

May 28, 2014

Featured Reader: You Don’t Say No to Ituango

Petaluma, CA. Amanda was honored to be a featured reader at Get Lit, a literature+music+everything monthly arts evening. She read her story “You Don’t Say No to Ituango” for the first time.

Amanda and LindaApril 26, 2014

Featured Speaker: The Power of Place

Amanda gave a featured one hour presentation on the craft of writing setting: “The Power of Place” at the Redwood Writers Conference in Santa Rosa, CA. Keyed both to writers of poetry and prose, this interactive mini-workshop offered new ways to focus to broaden and deepen place writing from worlds to tiny details. She’s pictured here with novelist Linda Loveland Reid.

March 30, 2014

Featured Speaker: Presentation Skills for Writers

 Amanda led her much-sought-after workshop on live reading and presentation skills for authors entitled: “You Live and In Person” for the Save the Dewitt Writers Conference.

March 8, 2014

Featured Speaker: Storytelling

With her colleagues Kate Farrell and Linda Loveland Reid, Amanda led a workshop on storytelling called “Excuse Me, But I LOVE My Damn Neck,” re-telling their own stories with humor and insight at Gather the Women

February 22, 2014

Featured Reader: This is Not Water

Amanda was a featured reader at SoCo Coffee where she read her short story “This Is Not Water” for the first time.

Amanda-McTigue-West-Side-Stories-2015December 3, 2013

Champion Storyteller

Amanda won Best Storyteller of 2013 at West Side Stories Petaluma. West Side Stories is a monthly live storytelling event modeled on “The Moth” in New York City. Participants compete by telling five-minute true stories without notes. Amanda became a regular in 2013. Her stories ranged from Blue Ridge Mountain tales to annals of the young and foolish in New York City. She’s honored to be a part of the diverse, moving and utterly “real” community of storytellers in her hometown.


WNBA GTS 2013 7October 1, 2013

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter named Going to Solace a Best Read of 2012 from among its member authors. Amanda read an excerpt along with fellow authors Tracy Guzman and Mary MacKey at Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco.

October 30, 2013

Featured Reader: Big Fast

Amanda read a new short story, “Big Fast” at the Aqus Literary Speakeasy Saloon for an evening called “Spooky. Sexy. Moody.”

Amanda_McTigue_WNBA_2013October 19, 2013

Moderator: Litquake/Women’s National Book Association

Litquake/Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter asked Amanda back to moderate the “Joie De Livre” literary panel featuring authors Jillian Cantor, Lauren Grodstein and Laurie R. King at Books Inc. in San Francisco.

September 14, 2013

Workshop: Become a Fearless Writer

Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club asked Amanda to lead a participatory workshop: “Become a Fearless Writer.”

Amanda_McTigue_MarinAugust 10, 2013

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Amanda joined fellow authors including Cyn Cady, Susannah Solomon and acclaimed short story writer Molly Giles to read from Going to Solace in an event called “Small Towns, Big Stories” in Marin, CA. 


July 10, 2013

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Amanda was a featured reader of literary fiction for the Hot Summer Nights program at Copperfield’s Bookstore

June 15, 2013

Featured Speaker: Storytelling

At the Women’s PowerStrategy Conference, Amanda moderated two panels and led a workshop on aging called “Excuse Me, but I LOVE My Damn Neck.”


May 19, 2013

Appearance: You Too Can Publish

At the Napa Valley Young Writers Festival, Amanda shared insights about publishing with (very!) young authors. This program is part of a brilliant partnership between Napa public schools and the publishing industry to educate kids (and their parents) about new opportunities for today’s writers.

May 8, 2013

Featured Speaker: Writing for Today’s Reader

Amanda was the inaugural speaker for the Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, speaking on “Writing for Today’s Readers.”

Amanda_McTigue_Los_AngelesApril 21, 2013 

Featured Reader: Monkey Bottom

By invitation, Amanda  read excerpts from her second novel, Monkey Bottom, at Works in Progress, a showcase for breaking literary works in Los Angeles, CA. Co-readers included flash fiction, film scenes and spoken word performances.


April 18, 2013

Featured Speaker: Innovative Approaches to Story

At the Petaluma Writers Forum, Amanda led a presentation/discussion on “Welcoming Readers: Innovative Approaches to Story.”

April 7, 2013

Featured Reader: Going to Solace

Amanda was part of the Small Towns, Big Stories series, reading from Going to Solace in Inverness, CA.

January 12, 2013

Workshop: Presentation Skills for Writers

Amanda led an interactive workshop on presentation skills for authors, “You, Live and In Person,” for the Bay Area Independent Publishers.

January 9, 2013

Featured Speaker: Going to Solace

Wednesdays at the Hospice House, Petaluma, CA. Amanda introduced her novel Going to Solace to a community of professional caregivers with readings, Appalachian music and food, displays of authentic quilting and much more as a benefit for Hospice of Petaluma.

November 10, 2012

Featured Speaker: Going to Solace

At the Sojourns and Compendiums gathering at Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera, CA, Amanda read from her novel Going to Solace.

Amanda_McTigue_Book_TourNovember-December, 2012

East Coast Book Tour

Amanda drove from Providence, RI to Atlanta, GA, hosting a series of events around the launch of her debut novel Going to Solace. All proceeds including book sales were donated to local hospices.

For a little more information on this, visit the Going to Solace video trailers page.


Book Clubs

Going to Solace is a favorite featured read with book clubs. Whenever possible, Amanda attends either live or via Skype.

Amanda_McTigue_BookclubJuly 30, 2015

Literary Teachers Book Club in Sebastopol, CA.

June 10, 2015

Scholars and Vintners Book Club in Sebastopol, CA.

March 31, 2015

Journey through Genres Book Club hosted by Copperfield’s Bookstore and Redwood Writers in Santa Rosa, CA.

January 14, 2015

Wednesday Noon Book Club in Sebastopol, CA.

January 8, 2014

American Association of University Women Book Club, Merced, CA.

June 27, 2013

Three bookclubs in Merced, CA got together to discuss Going to Solace with Amanda.

Amanda_McTigue_Going_To_Solace_BookclubNovember 5, 2012

Adobe Creek Book Club, Petaluma CA.

October 25, 2012

Rappahannock County Book Club, Rappahannock, VA



To book Amanda contact Jane Hunter at Timothy Ross Publicists.