• 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.

  • Greetings from my Beachside Office

    Yesterday, I began my stint as writer in residency for the city of Santa Monica at the Annenberg Beach House. As part of my tenure, I will be providing the city website with a weekly blog post of my adventures here. I will repost these blog entries to my site. 

    *This blog originally appeared on the City of Santa Monica's website. To see original blog post, click here. 

    Greetings from my Beachside Office

    Hello! My name is Jennifer Caloyeras and I am thrilled to be the current writer in residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

     My second young adult novel, Strays, was released in May, 2015. My short stories have been published in BoothStorm Cellar and other literary magazines. I hold a M.A. in English from Cal State Los Angeles and a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. I am a Los Angeles native and I’ve always had a close connection with Santa Monica; it’s where I went to high school and where my children currently go to elementary school. I will be spending my time at the beach house working on my first adult novel, currently titled, Time May Change Me, about a mother grappling with raising her transgender daughter. I am so excited to be here!

    The anticipation of spending each day at the beach got me thinking about novels set at the beach. The ones that immediately come to mind are: the fisherman’s struggle off the coast of Florida in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, the great white shark in Peter Benchley’s Jaws, Scotland’s Isle of Skye in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, one of my childhood favorites, Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins and more recently, representations of Cape Cod in E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. I set my own novel, Strays, along the California coastline in Santa Cruz.

    Recalling an image of the beach doesn’t conjure the same image for everyone. Beaches can be as vast and varying as people - with or without berms, rocks, sand, dunes, grass, inhabitants. The beach always seems to signify some sort of border - between human and nature, continent and abyss. The beach is simultaneously a beginning and an end. 

    Whatever your imagined beach looks likes, I look forward to sharing this beach in Santa Monica with you for the duration of my tenure. Please come visit me at office hours starting on January 25th from 11-2. (and Mondays thereafter, with the exception of February 15th, which will be moved to a different day.)

    Here are some other places to find me on social media:

    My author website

    Twitter: Jencaloyeras
    My Facebook author page

    What book beaches have had the greatest impact on you?

    p.s. Saturday, January 16th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Santa Clarita Public Library

    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 be speaking on the young adult panel from 10:15-10:45 in the community room. 
  • 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. 

  • nanowrimo completed!

    Well, November is over, which means I have completed my third Nanowrimo!

    They sent me a lovely certificate that my wonky printer turned into a piece of abstract art. 

    Typically, I plan an outline a month or two ahead of Nanowrimo, but this year, I ran out of time. Instead, I wrote the sections of my story with the most momentum, which meant jumping around quite a bit. I've never written that way before, but there is something liberating about abandoning linear writing and following, instead, the energy of the story. 

    And to those of you who think Nanowrimo is a gimmicky waste of time I say....I wrote a 184 page draft of a novel in November. What did you do?

  • 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: