Upcoming Events: 

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.

Past Events:

Wednesday, November 14th 

An Evening with Jennifer Caloyeras

  • 6-8 pm
  • Cal State Los Angeles
    Student Union, Montebello Room, 3rd Floor

The American Communities Program presents, 
An Evening with Jennifer Caloyeras '04

Cal State LA alum and prize-winning author Jennifer Caloyeras '04 reads from her latest work, 'Unruly Creatures',and discusses writing and publishing in the literary marketplace.

Refreshments will be served. 

Co-Sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing & the Literary Arts. 

June 5th, 2018     7 - 9:30 PM

Each year in June, Writers’ Program instructors read aloud from their recently published fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. This spirited event includes book signings, refreshments, and the opportunity to meet fellow writers.  Admission to the event is free. Free parking too!  Instructors’ books are available for purchase.

Join us for the 25th Annual UCLA Extension Publication Party!
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
7 – 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:30 pm)

Moss Theatre
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
Free Admission and Parking

I will be speaking at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego, February 16-18. Click here for more information or to register for this event. 

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I am teaching Young Adult Novel Writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and there are still a few spots available! The class in an online course and runs from January 10th - March 20th. We will be discussing various aspects of the young adult novel, workshopping first chapters and participating in other writing assignments aimed at developing your writing. 

Click here for more information or to sign up! 

Tuesday, October 24th 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Diesel Books 225 26th Street, suite #33, Santa Monica

It's My Book Launch Party And You're Invited!!!!!!

I will be reading from and signing copies of my debut short fiction collection, UNRULY CREATURES. Come say hi and have a glass of wine on me!

To read more about this event and RSVP click here. 

Saturday, October 7th 2017 - GIVEAWAY AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Come virtually find me at The Debutante Ball where I will be talking about writing and giving away some books! 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Central Library, El Segundo

I'll be the guest speaker at the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles July meetup. We'll discuss revision strategies for your work in progress. All genres welcome. All participants will receive a signed copy of my young adult novel, Strays. 

Friday, February 10th, 12:00 - 1:30  - Writing & Revision Strategies Workshop

I'll be teaching a workshop titled, Writing & Revision Strategies at the Camera Obscura in Santa Monica. The course is $10. Participants will leave with a solid roadmap to the revision of their novel-in-progress. Reservations recommended.  $10.00

Click here for more information or to sign up online. 

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Santa Clarita Author Festival

I'll be participating in the Celebration of Local Authors event in Santa Clarita. I'll post more information about my specific panels as we get closer to the event!

click here to read more about this event. 

Saturday, November 26th, 10:00 - 12:00

I'll be acting as a guest bookseller at Diesel: a bookstore, as part of their Indies First event on Small Business Saturday, I will be there to chit-chat about books, make recomendations and answer any questions. Come say hello! 

Diesel: a bookstore

225 26th St Ste 33

Santa Monica, California

I'll be signing books and speaking on a panel at the El Segundo Public Library Author Fair 2016. Come on down and say hello!

Sunday, June 12

Sunday, April 10th: 11: - 12:50 - Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

I will be signing my young adult novel, Strays, at the SCBWI booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. 

Click here for the Sunday schedule.

Click here to read an article about the SCBWI signing table in The Examiner.

 Saturday, April 2, 2016 - AWP CONFERENCE, Los Angeles  12:55-2:45

I will be signing my novel, Strays, at the Literary Classics booth at the AWP conference in Los Angeles.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - SCBWI Writer's Day, Los Angeles 8: - 4:30 pm

I'll be hanging out at Writer's Day at the Skirball Museum: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM 

Culminating Reading followed by a Publishing Workshop with Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Caloyeras and Tisha Reichle

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Caloyeras will read from work completed during her tenure at the Beach House. After the reading, all (but especially aspiring writers) are welcome to stay for a workshop (Query Letter-Writing 101) centered around demystifying the submittal process. Small breakout group discussions will commence around 7:15pm.

Interested in sending out your work to magazines, agents or publishers but you don’t know where to begin? Jennifer Caloyeras and author Tisha Marie Reichle of the 'Women Who Submit' author group speak about their own experiences as well as strategies and tips for sending out your work. After, workshop attendees are invited to split up into smaller groups where we will review one another’s letters. Feel free to bring one single-page query letter to the workshop. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the submission process as well as a stronger query letter.

Jennifer Caloyeras is the 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Beach House. She began work onsite in mid-January and is working on a novel in the Marion Davies Guest House through mid-March. 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 Cellarand 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: jennifercaloyeras.com

Mondays January 25 – March 7, 11am-2pm: Open Office Hours – come by Jennifer’s office at the Beach House with any literary questions or to catch up!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016  at 11:30 a.m.  Cal State Los Angeles

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!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 "Unpacking the Elusive Writing Process" 6 p.m. The Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica

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 GartnerMatthew 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 Salon.com, 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: jennifercaloyeras.com

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 culture@smgov.net. 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 annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, 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.

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. 

Tuesday, January 19, 6:30-7:45pm  

Reading and ConversationHuman Partnerships

Animal & Human Partnerships: On the Page and in the Real World with Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Caloyeras

Stories featuring the human-animal bond are well represented in literature. What makes these stories so compelling? How do they play out in real life? Join three members of the community as they discuss the educational and social impact when dogs are paired with people facing challenges. Jennifer Caloyeras is the author of the novel, Strays, exploring an incarcerated teen's relationship with a pit bull. Dr. Bidhan Roy is a professor at Cal State Los Angeles and a volunteer at Paws for Life and Words Uncaged where he teaches inmates at Lancaster Maximum Security Prison.  In this program, both students and inmates hone writing skills and train rescue dogs. Juliet Beynon serves as Project Director at k-9 connection, an OPCC project based in Santa Monica, where teens get a chance to break through life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs.  Jennifer Caloyeras is the 2016 Beach House Writer-in-Residence, and will be working on a novel in the Marion Davies Guest House January 12 – March 13, 2016

click here to RSVP

January 12th, 2016 - March 13th, 2016 Artist in Residency, Santa Monica, California

I have been selected as the artist in residency for the winter quarter. Come say hello and bring a writing work in progress to my weekly office hours on Mondays, 11am - 2pm. My office will be at the historic Marion Davies House on PCH. I will be running evening programming once a month during my time there. Check back here for details. And I will be contributing to the Annenberg Beach House Blog. 

Wednesday, October 21st, 8:00 pm - 9:30pm

Theater Banshee

Book'd in Burbank - Los Angeles hosts its 2015 season finale on Wed.,10/21 w/author readings by Maria Alexander, Jennifer Caloyeras, Joey Camen (My Life with Snoopy by Joey Camen), S.K. Rizzolo, Veronica Scott and Andrea Weir.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Vegas Valley Book Festival

I'll be speaking on a young adult panel in sin city!  

Friday, July 31, 2015  6 - 8:30 pm

I will be selling and signing books at the SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles at the Friday Night Reception until 8:30 p.m. Stop by and say hi!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015     2 p.m. 

Harbor Gateway Library

2400 S. Western

Harbor City, CA 90710

I will be speaking on a young adult panel about my novel, Strays. 

Saturday, June 20th, 2015   4 p.m.

Four-Eyed Frog Books

39138 Ocean Drive

Gualala, CA  95445

I'll be doing a reading and signing books on the California coast!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

private book talk and signing in Brentwood, California

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

This will be my first book signing for my new young adult novel, Strays!

Children welcome!

10580 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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!