1:00 pm13:00

CBW-LA - Structure Writing Class

So Cal writers - Want to get started on the big new book or screenplay project, but don't know how to start or what constitutes a good story. 

Take this fantastic class with me as your teacher, and I will show you how basic knowledge of story structure can help launch your idea and fill in all elements like magic. See link below for sign-ups while still available! 


Date: April 8, 2017, Saturday

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Venue: El Segundo Main Library

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

*Non-members pay the full amount.

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book KUBRICK'S GAME.

10:00 am10:00

Family Learning Conference - University of La Verne

Come out to Orange County's University of La Verne for an amazing day filled with great authors, presentations, and tons of kids activities like a giant literacy carnival! 

My times on stage are TBD but I will be signing for several hours in the morning and early afternoon. 

Apr 23

LA Times Festival of Books - USC

Myself and Sheri Fink will be sharing a booth and signing both days in the children's section of the amazing annual festival! Free awesome swag for all in attendance. 

At the USC campus. 

Will update booth number when we get it!

9:30 am09:30

STEAM Skype Visit for Georgia

Derek will be Skyping in to several school districts and classrooms simultaneously for this awesome opportunity. Kids from all over Georgia will get to ask Derek questions about his books and what it's like to be an author!

Skype visits are a great way to share the magic of writing with our youth without the expense of an in-person visit!

Oct 30

ComiKaze - LA Convention Center

Find our booth at MONTAGE BOOKS in the Small Publisher section! Signing Kubrick's Game and Scary School books while they last! 

2:00 pm14:00

Kubrick's Game Signing and Scavenger Hunt - Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

Come to the famous Mysterious Galaxy Book Shop in San Diego, CA. for this very special event. 

There will be a reading, Q and A and signing to celebrate the launch of Kubrick's Game, as well as a book-lovers Scavenger Hunt around the store with awesome prizes for the winners! Will you be able to decipher the puzzles and achieve glory? Come find out! 

5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111

2:00 pm14:00

Now Write Author's Panel - Palms-Rancho Park Library

Join me and several other great authors featured in the book NOW WRITE! will be answering your questions and talking about our process at the Santa Monica Public Library. 


2:00 – Doors open to the public – Register & Network with other writers
2:30 – Announcements
3:00 – Now Write! Panel
4:15 – Q&A
4:45 – Meet the Speaker(s)
5:30 – Library must close
6:00 – Guest of Honor Dinner – Members-only by RSVP.


Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room
2920 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064


1:00 pm13:00

Calabasas Barnes and Noble Signing: Scavenger Hunt + Bookfair for Local Library

Come to Barnes and Noble on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 1 pm - 2 pm! Will be reading/signing from Scary School and El Perro con Sombrero, plus there will be an in-store book-lover's SCAVENGER HUNT throughout the store. You will get the chance to unravel puzzles and discover clues that will test your literary acumen and possibly win you glory and prizes should you prevail. 

Proceeds from all purchases will go to support the local Calabasas library. Have fun and get some books for a great cause! 

11:00 am11:00

El Segundo Author Fair

Bring your kids to the El Segundo Library for an amazing day with dozens of authors, games, activities, prizes and book signings! 

12:00 pm12:00

Speech and Signing for the Assistance League - Calabasas, CA.

The Assistance League is a nationwide philanthropic organization with over 26,000 members. https://www.assistanceleague.org/ I will be speaking at an event and sharing how children's book's can be used for helping at-risk youth. The event is organized through the Calabasas Barnes and Noble, and I will be signing books afterward at 12:30 pm. 

10:30 am10:30

After-School All-Stars Read Aloud Day

Special read aloud celebration featuring authors reading their favorite stories. I will be reading from 10:30 am to 11:00 am from Scary School. 


Bell Gardens Intermediate

5841 Live Oak Street

Bell Gardens, CA 90201