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Now accepting applications for the 18th Annual ALPHA WORKSHOP!

Calling all young writers!

The Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop is accepting applications for its 18th annual workshop! This program guides young writers (ages 14 – 19) through the writing and publishing process, with the help of visiting authors. At Alpha, attendees take a story from its initial concept to a complete draft, receiving feedback and mentorship from Alpha’s staff and a roster of guest authors.

The workshop runs from July 24th – August 4th, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus. As ever, Tammy will be there, ready to support Alpha’s young writers! She’ll be joined by Mark Oshiro, with more authors to be announced as we draw closer to the summer.

Applications for this year’s workshop are due by March 10, 2019.

And, if you wish you had a program like this when you were a teen, please consider donating to the Alpha Workshop! Each donation goes towards workshop expenses and scholarships for students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Last minute appearance: Uncle Hugo’s (Minneapolis, MN)

To fans in the Minneapolis area: Tammy’s just added a new event to her itinerary. On Monday, July 9th, you can see her for a signing at Uncle Hugo’s bookstore, from 1-2 PM. Check the Events posting for more details.

It’s short notice, but she hopes to see you there!

CONvergence Note

If you’re coming to CONvergence this weekend, and plan to get a book signed by Tammy, please be sure to bring your own books to the convention! Due to a little mix-up with the bookseller, copies of her books won’t be available at the con. We apologize for any inconvenience.

And, if you won’t be attending CONvergence, check out the Events page for other appearances. Tammy may be coming to your area!

Appearances and more housekeeping

It’s been a quiet month here at tamora-pierce.net, so here’s a quick update on all that’s been going on:

Tammy’s Schedule

Tammy’s back from YALLWEST, but she’ll be returning to California at the end of the month for BayCon and more. And, before her cross-country trip, she’ll be at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest on May 19th. Aside from her travels, she’s been hard at work with the next book in the Numair Chronicles!

Website & Fan Questions

Here on the website, we’ve revamped and relaunched the FAQ pages. They’re organized, updated, and now contain new questions and answers. If you have a question for Tammy, check the FAQs first—they might have the answers you’re looking for!

(The new Circle FAQ, in particular, answers the two most frequently asked questions: why the Circle audios are incomplete, and what happened to the book about Tris at Lightsbridge.)

Of course, you’re always welcome to send questions to Tammy via the fanmail account. Though responses are slow, your emails are appreciated, and Tammy does get to as many as she can, as quickly as she can with her busy schedule. Thanks for your patience!

Upcoming Announcements

We’ve got some exciting news coming this summer! If you’re feeling particularly curious and/or impatient, you might find a hint about it in one of the new FAQ pages…

Con or Bust 2018 Auction

Con or Bust’s 2018 auction is live! From now until Sunday, April 22nd (4 PM), you can bid on books, jewelry, services, and more. Proceeds go to help fans of color attend sci-fi/fantasy conventions—with the goal of helping as many fans as possible! Per the website:

Con or Bust is not limited by geography or by type of con-goer. It is not a scholarship or “merit based.” Its goal is to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.

You can take a look at the auction, and the items up for bid, here. In support of this cause, Tammy’s donated autographed copies of The Immortals (the entire set!) and Tempests and Slaughter. Go ahead and check Tammy’s listings if you’d like to place a bid on these books!

Upcoming Reddit AMA (at /r/Books)

Get your questions ready! On Friday, April 6th, at 7 PM (Eastern Time Zone), Tammy will be doing an AMA at /r/Books.

AMAs stand for “Ask Me Anything.” If you’re curious about Tammy’s writing process, her inspirations, the fates of characters we haven’t seen in a while… or you just want to know her favorite snack, Friday’s your chance!

You can find Tammy’s older AMAs here (at /r/Fantasy) and here (at /r/Books).

Thank you!

Thank you all for spreading the word on STAR (Syrian Team for Animal Rescue) and the fundraiser to help Syria’s stray and injured animals!

Together, Tammy’s amazing fans gave donations totaling $140. With her $200 match, we were able to raise a total of $340 for the animals! Not bad, especially for such a quick event!

A very special thanks goes out to Carolyn, Katie, Madeline, Mary, Sarah, Laura, and Brett, for your generosity. And even if you couldn’t donate, your shares, retweets, and reblogs made a difference—and will continue to make an impact as the fundraiser goes on. As always, Tammy’s fans prove to be a kind, compassionate group.

(And if you’d still like to support STAR, but missed the match event, it’s okay! The fundraiser’s ongoing.)