• UCLA Extension's Writers' Program Studio: February 7 - 10, 2019

    This February, I will be teaching a course titled, "Writing the Young Adult Novel" at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program Studio. This will be a four-day intensive in Westwood Village. 

    Click here to learn more about the program or sign up.

  • #PitMad

    Happy #PitMad day! 

    PitMad is a twitter pitch party where you get three opportunities to pitch your unpublished novel to various agents and editors who may be scrolling through looking for new work. 

    I believe the party takes place a few different times throughout the year. 

    It was challenging to distill my entire novel down to three different 140 character pitches. I tried to focus on a different angle of the novel in each one. 

    You can read my pitches on my Twitter account @JenCaloyeras (but don't favorite them! That's for the agents and editors to do if they're interested!) 

    Want to participate in the next #PitMad? Click here for more information! 

  • Pitch Wars!

    Have you heard of pitch wars?

    Well, it's my first time entering the online battle. Writers submit their finished manuscript's first chapter and a query letter to four participating agents / writers / publishers / editors. If selected, the writer would then work with said professional to buff up their manuscript for two months in anticipation of November's Twitter pitch war, where writers pitch their novel through Twitter and agents and editors are on the prowl for new projects. 

    Last year, more than 50 author participants were offered representation / publication!

    So I figured, why not!

    I brushed up my young adult nanowrimo project from a few years back and sent it off. 

    Thinking of sending something in? There's still time! The window for mentors closes tomorrow, August 6th, but if you miss that, you can always jump right back in in November. 

    Check out this page for more information or search #pitchwars on Twitter. 

    Happy Writing!

  • save the date: February 9th

    I am thrilled to be speaking at my alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles on February 9th at 11:30 am. 

    My lecture is titled: 

    ACP: Animals/Aesthetics/Adolescence: A Reading by Jennifer Clark Caloyeras

    Event date and time

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 11:30am


    Join Cal State LA alum and acclaimed author Jennifer Clark Caloyeras as she discusses her latest young adult novel, Strays; shares her experiences in writing and publishing; and examines genealogies of inter-species relations in YA literatures. Book signing to follow.


    Los Angeles Room BC, 3rd Floor, U-SU

     Click here for more information!

  • Unpacking the Elusive Writing Process

    Save the date:  February 9, 2016 at 6:30p.m. 

    I'll be moderating this panel at the Annenberg Community Beach House as part of my time as artist in residency. 

    (no, I'm not living here - everyone keeps asking me that, although it would be dreamy!)

                                                                         Zsuzsi ponders

    Join authors Zsuzsi Gartner, Matthew Specktor, Andrea Quaid and Jennifer Caloyeras as they discuss and take questions about their various writing strategies. How do we get from A to Z? How do different mediums and platforms affect the writing process? Do different projects merit different approaches? Can the process of creative writing be taught? 

    Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of All the Anxious Girls on Earth, and editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her most recent book, Better Living through Plastic Explosives, was a 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist. She is the founding director of Writers Adventure Camp at The Point in Whistler, B.C. She’s at work on a novel.
    Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book about the motion picture The Sting. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock, and, among other publications. He was a senior editor and founding member of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
    Andrea Quaid is co-editor of Acts + Encounters, a collection of works about experimental writing and community. Recent critical and creative publications include the American Book Review, BOMBlog, Jacket2, Lana Turner, LIT and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in Bard College’s MAT Program (Los Angeles) and Language and Thinking Program (New York) as well as California Institute of the Arts. Currently, she is writing a book on contemporary experimental women’s writing and the literary epic.

    Jennifer Caloyeras is the 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Beach House, and will be working on a novel in the Marion Davies Guest House from 1/12/16-3/15/16. Her most recent novel, Strays, is for young adults and explores an incarcerated teen's relationship with a pit bull. Caloyeras' short fiction has appeared in Booth, Storm Cellar and other literary magazines. She holds a M.A. in English from Cal State Los Angeles and a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Jennifer’s current project is her first adult novel – a mixture of humor and pathos – that explores a mother’s journey with her transgendered six-year-old daughter, and the weight of expectations parents place on their children. She will share her work with three public events, a weekly blog, and open office hours throughout her tenure (schedule below). Her website:

    Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site!

    Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch!

    Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

    Parking: The parking rate is Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour,  Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

    Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

    General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 3pm in the off season & 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

  • save the date: January 16th

    I will be participating in the third annual Celebration of Local Authors at the Santa Clarita Public Library on January 16th from 10 - 3. There will be panels, readings and activities for children and adults. Stop by and say hello! I will add my specific panel title and time to the "Upcoming Events" section of my blog as soon as it's announced. 

  • SCBWI Launch Party

    SCBWI (The society of children's book writers and illustrators) is having its first launch party and you're all invited! Books featured at the party are all written by SCBWI members and most are hosting giveaways. It's a great way to peruse some wonderful books and do some holiday shopping. 

    You can visit my launch party page by clicking here:


  • SCBWI is almost here!!

    I am so excited for the SCBWI conference next weekend here in Los Angeles! SCBWI stands for the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators and their annual conference takes place each year in August. This conference is open to members and non-menbers of this amazing organization. I have been a member of SCBWI since 2009 when I attended my first conference. 

    For those of you attending, I will be selling and signing my latest novel, Strays, at the Friday Night reception until 8:30 p.m. 

    Come stop by and say hi!

  • Inaugural signing was a success!

    I had a great turnout for my inaugural signing of Strays at Children's Book World! A big thank you to everyone who came out to buy my book! There were a lot of laughs:


    My books looked so pretty all lined up in a row!

    My friends...I  mean... fans let me take photos of them:

    And then they took photos of me:


    I had quite a few children in the audience and when it came time for questions, these kids asked the best questions! What a way to kick off this publication!

  • Strays Inaugural Book Signing at Children's Book World! May 9th 2:30-4:00

    My young adult novel, Strays, is mere weeks away from publication! If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on May 9th, I'll be signing books at the amazing Children's Book World! This means that you can be one of the first people to own a copy of Strays before its official publication date!

    Children's Book World is book heaven for kids, young adults and adults who love literature for kids! I can't tell you how many times I've gone there for a birthday present and all I have to do is describe the birthday child to the people who work there and they've found the perfect book! 

    So come say hi on Saturday, May 9th, 2:30 - 4:00. Children are welcome. 

    You can even RSVP to my Facebook invitation here! 

    Children's Book World

    10580 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064