Saturday, September 15, 2018
The Allegheny Regional Festival of Books
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Bedford, PA (The festival will be centered around the Bedford Square, the Russell House, and the Bedford Courthouse.)
Description: Visit the Mush table, where I’ll be selling and signing books!


There are no other upcoming events scheduled for Mush. Contact me to set something up!


There are no more scheduled giveaways at this time.

Past Events

Thursday, March 16, 2017
“The Story of Mush” – Meet the Author, Reading and Photos
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Altoona Area Public Library

August 13, 2016

Fiction Techniques in Memoir: Using Craft Elements and Privileged Perspective to Engage Readers and Gain Trust
Presentation at HippoCamp 2016: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers
Time: 2:00-2:45 p.m.
Location: Salon A, Lancaster County Convention Center
Description: During the session, we will examine techniques used by memoirists and personal essayists Mary Karr, David Sedaris, Abigail Thomas, and Jeannette Walls to establish credibility and gain the trust of their readers. The author of memoir must also express a level of trust, showing readers that she believes in their ability to enter her story and relate to the world she has recreated. The author builds the foundation of trust by reaching out to the reader with factual and often sensitive details of her life and relies on the reader to complete that bridge by personally relating to the story based on cues the author provides through her use of the elements of craft. Going beyond self-reflection and commenting, we will examine the concept of privileged perspective, along with using dialogue, description, and implied meaning to engage readers and set the stage for each reader to relate to the story through her own experiences, thereby giving the reader a larger role in the emotional and intellectual interpretation of the work.

NOTE: This session is based on the my craft article “Privileged Perspective in Memoir: Building the Bridge of Trust by Trusting the Reader” which first published in the Writer’s Chronicle.

Crafting Creative Personal Essays and Memoir
Date(s): Wednesdays 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: Outreach Building, Room 121G (State College, PA)
Tuition: $40.00
Registration: Opens 8/15/2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Description: Explore writing personal essays and memoir, using elements of craft traditionally associated with fiction: story, voice, scene, characters, and imagery. Each session will focus on one craft element, with participants writing, revising, and polishing their work during the five-week course.
Preparation: Bring a journal/notebook, pen/pencil, or laptop/tablet for in-class writing.

November 8, 2015
Event: Book Sale & Signing at the Central PA Gluten Free Expo
Time: 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

August 8, 2015
Event: HippoCamp Session Panelist, How I Got Published–First-Time Authors Share Their Stories
Time: 8:45-10:00 a.m.
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, The Lancaster County Convention Center

June 21, 2015
Event: Reading at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Wilkes University Creative Writing Program
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wilkes University

May 28, 2015
Event: Presentation and Discussion on Memoir for The Inkwell Writing Group
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Company, Duncansville, PA
Description: Join Tara Caimi to discuss considerations writers face when preparing their manuscripts for publication, from drafting to polishing to publishing. She’ll talk about her own experiences, pitfalls, and epiphanies along the extensive revision road toward the publication of her debut memoir. There will be plenty of time for Q&A on areas of interest, including the publication process, in addition to discussion of personal experiences with writing, revising, and finding that perfect publisher.

May 1, 2015
Event: First Friday at Webster’s Bookstore & Café
Reading and performances of select scenes from Mush
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Webster’s Bookstore & Café

April 22, 2015
Event: Book Sale and Signing
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: The Old Corner Grill and Bottle Shop (in the bar area)

April 12, 2015
Freelance-A-Thon at Penn State
“A Day in the Life” session panelist

March 7-21, 2015
Event: Fundraiser for The August Fund Animal Shelter during Iditarod 2015
All profits from book sales via the following link will go to The August Fund, an organization that provides veterinary care and finds “loving retirement homes” for sled dogs.
This fundraiser has ended; many thanks to those who participated!
You may donate to The August Fund directly at

First Friday Meet the Author at Otto’s Bookstore
Date: March 6, 2015
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Otto’s Bookstore in Williamsport, PA
Address: 107 W. 4th Street

Past Giveaways

Goodreads Book Giveaway
Enter to win a copy of Mush on Goodreads November 8-30, 2015!

Visit the Mush eBook page at Amazon on the following dates to get your copy free:

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