Sara Fujimura

Inspiring creative, globally-minded connections


 Creative Writing Teacher ~ Young Adult Author ~ Literacy Advocate

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UPCOMING EVENTS


June 4, 2016

Phoenix Comicon
June 2-5, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

I am shining up my Wonder Woman bracelets and getting ready to battle illiteracy at Phoenix Comicon. I will be hanging out in the Hero Hall on Saturday 6/4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. participating in the Arizona Avenger's raffle for my favorite literacy-promoting organization, Kids Need to Read. Come by, say "Hi!" and buy a raffle ticket or two. We can also discuss the finer plot points of The Flash and character arcs in X-Men: Apocalypse, if you'd like. 

February 28, 2016

Arizona Renaissance Festival
Pirate Invasion Weekend/KNTR Event
February 27-28, 2015
12601 East Highway 60
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

Ahoy, me hearties! It's Pirate Invasion Weekend at the Ren Faire. I will be hanging out all day Sunday, 2/28 with my literacy-promoting friends from Kids Need to Read. If you bring a NEW book to the KNTR booth on either Saturday or Sunday, you will receive one free child's admission (5-12 y.o.) to the faire that day. Come by and let's talk books!

February 6, 2016

21st Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire
February 5-7, 2016
Murphy Park
58th & Glendale Avenues
Glendale, AZ 85301

Chocolate, romance books, and free writing workshops...Can you ask for a better day?Local RWA authors will be signing their books all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be FREE writing craft workshops during the day. You can see a list of signing authors and workshop descriptions at the official Glendale Chocolate Affaire site. 

**I am a last-minute sub, so you won't see my name on the presenters list. I will be doing my hands-on, interactive writing workshop "Music to Massage the Muse" on Saturday 2/6 at 4:00 p.m.**

November 14, 2015

10th Annual Scottsdale Civic Center Library Conference
Sponsored by the Desert Rose RWA Chapter
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Library
Bottom level
Scottsdale, AZ

Come join local RWA authors for a day of FREE writing craft workshops. No preregistration is required and doors will open at 10:15. I'll be doing my writer's block-busting, music-based workshop "Massaging the Muse" at 2:00 p.m. 


September 22, 2015

"Music to Massage the Muse" AND "Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
11:00 a.m.
Fairway Library Branch
Sun City, AZ

Ready for a crash course in writing for kids, teens, and adults? First, we'll learn how to bust through writer's block and be inspired every time you sit down to create. Second, we'll create a plot map for your story and learn how to deal with sagging middles. Both are FREE, hands-on, interactive workshops. **Please bring your favorite writing equipment.**  

September 19, 2015

"Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
Noon
Queen Creek Library Branch
Queen Creek, AZ

Do you have a dozen story ideas that start out strong and then promptly die? Do you have a tantalizing opener and a kick-butt ending, but have no idea how to get through the sagging middle? Let's create a map for your brilliant story idea during this hands-on, interactive workshop. **Bring your favorite writing equipment to this FREE event.** 

September 17, 2015

"Music to Massage the Muse" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
Noon
Florence Community Library
Florence, AZ

Do you suffer from writer's block? Learn how to get unstuck and be inspired every time you sit down to create with this hands-on, interactive workshop. **Bring your favorite writing equipment to this FREE event.** 

September 12, 2015

"Music to Massage the Muse" AND "Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
11:00 a.m.
Goodyear Branch Library
Goodyear, AZ

Ready for a crash course in writing for kids, teens, and adults? First, we'll learn how to bust through writer's block and be inspired every time you sit down to create. Second, we'll create a plot map for your story and learn how to deal with sagging middles. Both are FREE, hands-on, interactive workshops. **Please bring your favorite writing equipment.**  

September 4-7, 2015

Saboten Con 2015, Labor Day Weekend

Come join me at Saboten Con 2015 at their new location inside the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown to celebrate all things anime/manga/cosplay/Japanese pop culture.  

Friday, 9/4 at 4:00 p.m.
"Obento 101"

Saturday, 9/5 at 11:30 a.m.
"Everyday Obento"

Sunday, 9/6 at 7:00 p.m.
"Itadakimasu! Japanese Food You Can Make at Home"

[For more information, see the Saboten site.]

August 27, 2015

"Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
Noon
Southeast Regional Library
Gilbert, AZ

Do you have a dozen story ideas that start out strong and then promptly die? Do you have a tantalizing opener and a kick-butt ending, but have no idea how to get through the sagging middle? Let's create a map for your brilliant story idea during this hands-on, interactive workshop. **Bring your favorite writing equipment to this FREE event.**

August 15, 2015

"Music to Massage the Muse" sponsored by ONEBOOKAZ 
11:00 a.m.
White Tank Branch Library
Waddell, AZ

Do you suffer from writer's block? Learn how to get unstuck and be inspired every time you sit down to create with this hands-on, interactive workshop. **Bring your favorite writing equipment to this FREE event.**  

July 18, 2015


Teen Lit Fest
Southeast Regional Library
Gilbert, AZ
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*FREE*

I will be joining other local YA authors for a day of panels, movies, crafts, and more at the Southeast Regional Library. I'll be teaching my interactive workshop "Music to Massage the Muse" from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Conference Room A. Hope you will come join me! Don't forget your favorite writing utensils. This special breakout workshop is FREE, but registration is required because of space limitations. Go here to register.


April 11, 2015

Rock the Drop-Phoenix Kick-Off Event
Southeast Regional Library
Gilbert, AZ
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
*FREE*

This year, we are partnering up again with theMaricopa County Library District for another great kick-off event. As always, there will be hands-on writing workshops, door prizes, food, and books to take home to "drop" on April 16th for YALSA's Celebrate Teen Lit Day. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone. Please RSVP here.Want to see who is presenting this year? Check out our Rock the Drop-Phoenix webpage or our Facebook page

January 16-18, 2015

Taiyou Con 2015

Come join me for the first time at Taiyou Con in Mesa, AZ to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I will be presenting one hands-on, creative writing workshop.  

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
"Unleashing Your Creativity"

[For more information, see the Taiyou Con site.]

December 12-14, 2014

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest 2014
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
Sunday, December 14th 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

If you are coming out to the first ever Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, I'll be hanging out in the Kids Need to Read booth for several hours on Sunday. Come chat with us about great kid lit/teen lit book choices for this holiday season and KNTR's Kids-N-Peace Program


November 15, 2014

National I Love to Write Day Event for Teens
Southeast Regional Library
Gilbert, AZ
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
*FREE*

Teens, come celebrate your love of writing with me at the Southeast Regional Library. We'll do two hands-on writing workshops guaranteed to boost your craft. We'll also have some door prizes and a chance to connect with other East Valley teens who are as passionate about books and writing as you are. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. Go towww.mcldaz.org/southeast to register. 


August 29-September 1, 2014

Saboten 2014, Labor Day Weekend

Come join me at Saboten 2014 in Glendale to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I have one creative writing workshop and two obento workshops on tap this year. 

Friday at 5:00 p.m.
"Obento 101"

Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
"Music to Massage the Muse 2014"

Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
"Obento, American-Style"

[For more information, see the Saboten site.]


June 6, 2014

Phoenix Comicon with Kids Need to Read

Come join me at Phoenix Comicon on Friday, June 6th. I'll be hanging out in the Kids Need to Read booth from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., so please come by and talk books with me. Kids Need to Read has some fun hands-on activities for kids all weekend long. Don't forget that the Kids Need to Read Geek Prom, sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange happens on Friday night this year.

For more information, see the Phoenix Comicon website. 




April 12, 2014

Rock the Drop-Phoenix Kick-Off Event 
Southeast Regional Library
Gilbert, AZ
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
*FREE*

This year we are partnering up with the Maricopa County Library District for another great kick-off event. As always, there will be hands-on writing workshops, door prizes, food, and books to take home to "drop" on April 17th for YALSA's Celebrate Teen Lit Day. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone. Go here for more information about this year's presenters.

February 5, 2014 

"Technology for Creative People"
Brown Bag Series
Gangplank-Chandler
Chandler, AZ
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
*Free*

Grab your lunch and come join me at Gangplank-Chandler for a talk on technology for creative people. Whether you are a writer, baker, clothing designer or any type of artist trying to run a profitable business, let's discuss ways you can use technology efficiently without it eating up all your creative time. This free event is sponsored by Gangplank and no advanced registration is required.

November 16, 2014

TechPHX 2013 (Tempe)


Come join me at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe for TechPHX(formerly called PodcampAZ) on Saturday, November 16th at 11 a.m. for a workshop on technology for creative people. Whether you are a writer, musician, actor, artisan or just don't see yourself as a left-brain person, come join me for "Technology for Creative People" and learn ways to share (and make a profit from!) your artistic expressions in a techno-savvy way. The conference fee is only $10 for the entire weekend. Register here for the event. 

August 31, 2013

Saboten 2013 (Glendale), Labor Day Weekend

Come join me at Saboten 2013 in Glendale to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I'll be debuting a new, interactive workshop on how to create good Bad Boys. 

Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
"Heart Breakers & Trouble Makers"

Also, come see me in the Dealer Room. I'll have obento boxes and other goodies imported from Japan for sale.

[For more information, see the Saboten site.]

 

May 25, 2013

Phoenix Comicon with Kids Need to Read

Come join me at Phoenix Comicon on Saturday, May 25th at 4:30 p.m. for "Finding Your Way PLOT Workshop" an interactive, hands-on writing workshop sponsored by Kids Need to Read. I'll be hanging out in the Kids Need to Read booth from noon-4:00 p.m., so please come by and talk books with me. I love to dance, so I'll be sticking around after my writing workshop to help out with the fourth annual Kids Need to Read Geek Prom, sponsored by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

For more information, see the Phoenix Comicon website. 

 
April 18, 2013


Rock the Drop-Phoenix

You don't have to be a teen or even live in the Phoenix area to Rock the Drop with us. Go here to see how to participate in this guerrilla literacy event. See some of our pictures from last year on our Facebook page.

Print out the official Readergirlz bookplate and/or an identifying bookmark here. 


April 13, 2013


Rock the Drop-Phoenix Kick Off Event

Come join the awesome teens from my Girl Scout troop for a day of creativity, literacy, and community service. We'll have hands-on writing workshops with local YA authors Shel
ley Coriell (Welcome Caller, This is Chloe and the upcoming Goodbye, Rebel Blue) and Amy Fellner Dominy (OyMG and Audition and Subtraction). I'll be presenting, too. This event is free, but space is limited. Go here to get all the details.
**Registration for this event is now closed.**



April 6, 2013


Rock the Drop-Phoenix Kick Off Event with Kids Need to Read at their "Cajun Crawfish Boil Charite" from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Go here for all the details.
**Registration for this event is now closed.**

March 22-24, 2013

Con-Nichiwa 2013 (Tucson)


Come join me at Con-Nichiwa 2013 in Tucson to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I'll be teaching three workshops at the conference:

Friday,  2:00-3:00 p.m.
"Music to Massage the Muse: Unleashing Your Creativity"

Friday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
"Finding Your Way: Plot Workshop" 

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
"What's My Motivation? Creating Dynamic, Memorable Main Characters"



[For more information, see the Con-Nichiwa site.]


November 10-11, 2012

TechPHX 2012 (Tempe)

Come join me on November 10th at 10 a.m. at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe for TechPHX (formerly called PodcampAZ). I've been invited to do a workshop on technology for writers. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a strained relationship with technology. Hence the title of my workshop, "Luddite No More: Creative Types Have to Be Techno Savvy, Too." The workshop and conference are free, but you need to register here.

October/November 2012

Greenfield Elementary School

Gilbert, AZ

Have a child at Greenfield Elementary in 2nd-6th grade? I've been invited to teach "Music to Massage the Muse" in each of the 2nd-6th grade classes the weeks of October 22nd and October 29th. Look for specific dates and times to come home with your student soon. I can't wait!
[Closed event]


September 1-3, 2012

Saboten 2012 (Glendale)

Come join me at Saboten 2012 in Glendale to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I'll be teaching three workshops at the conference:

Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
"What's My Motivation? Creating Dynamic, Memorable Main Characters"

Sunday at 6 p.m.
"Where Are We Going and Why Am I in This Handbasket? Plot Workshop"
 
Monday at 12 p.m.
"Music to Massage the Muse: Unleashing Your Creativity"

Also, come see me in the Dealer Room. I'll have obento and other goodies imported from Japan for sale.

[For more information, see the Saboten site.]

 

June 8-10, 2012

Writing Retreat with SCBWI-Tokyo

Come join me for a weekend of creativity, craft, and culture-sharing with the talented members of SCBWI's Tokyo chapter. I'll be teaching three mini writing sessions at the event:
  • Inviting Creativity: Establishing Our Writing Intentions
  • Five Senses Walk
  • Mining Your Past to Create a Distinct Voice

April 7, 2012

"Rock the Drop" Teen Literacy Event (Free)

Come join me at Gangplank on 4/7 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. to celebrate young adult books, work on your own YA writing, and participate in a guerrilla literacy project (like this one) to celebrate Support Teen Literature Day(4/12). 

YA Authors Janette Rallison {
My Unfair Godmother, Just One Wish, It's a Mall World After All)CJ Hill(Slayers)Angela Morrison (Taken by Storm, Sing Me to Sleep, Cayman Summer), and Amy Fellner Dominy(OyMG and the upcoming Audition & Subtractionwill all be available to autograph books.

Want to know more? Go here.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please register before APRIL 4th here.



March 26, 2012

"Music to Massage the Muse"

With Junior Girl Scout Troop #2282 to help them with their Scribe badge.

[Closed event]


March 23-25, 2012

Con-Nichiwa 2012 (Tucson)

Come join me at Con-Nichiwa 2012 in Tucson to celebrate all things anime/manga/Japanese pop culture. I'll be teaching two workshops at the conference:

Friday at 12:30 p.m.
"Finding the Buried Treasure in Your Story" 
Plot workshop

Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Music to Massage the Muse"
Tapping into your creative spirit through music.

Also, come see me in the Dealer Room. I'll haveobento and other goodies imported from Japan for sale.

[For more information, see the Con-Nichiwa site.]

February 23-25, 2012

American Night Writers Association (ANWA)

"Time Out for Writers" Conference

I'll be doing two nonfiction workshops:

ContractsKill Fees, and Serial Rights, Oh My! (A Crash Course in Magazine Writing) 
Learn how to read editorial guidelines, write an attention-getting query letter, and protect your intellectual property, all while working on your writing craft and making a little extra money.

Cooking up Some Chicken Soup (How to Write Fun, Inspirational Personal Essays):  
Learn how to turn family stories and struggles into inspiring and/or entertaining personal essays for magazines and compilation books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

[For more information, please see the ANWAsite.]


February 11, 2012


Gangplank Junior

"Creating a Treasure Map to Your Story"
Free Writing Workshop for Kids/Teens (10+)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Gangplank in Chandler

Young writers: Whether you just have an idea for a story, twenty pages on your story, or even completedNaNoWriMo in November, come learn how to gel your manuscript into a tight story.

In this free plot workshop, participants will learn how to create a treasure map for their story. I'll use examples from Charlotte's Web and my own work, but you will apply the technique to your project.

Bring your favorite writing equipment, because this will be a hands-on event.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please contact, Melanie Rogers at mellyrose@gmail.com.


November 15, 2011

Plotting Workshop for Edu-Prize Charter School in Gilbert

In honor of National I Love to Write Day

[Closed event]

 


November 12, 2011

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators-Arizona Chapter

Free Writing Workshop

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix

In honor of National I Love to Write Day, come learn some new writing exercises to bring back to your critique group, child's classroom, or to the friend who wants to begin their journey as a writer.

I'll be presenting a mini workshop on mining your childhood memories for material.

[Please see SCBWI-AZ website for details]

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