I’m super excited to be part of the first ever English-language Stockholm Writers Festival which will be taking place in town this weekend from April 13-15. It will be bringing some amazing authors, agents, and speakers to town and I’m looking forward to not only speaking and teaching, but learning from some of the most talented authors and writers in the industry. Led by Catherine Pettersson, I conducted an interview with the team behind the festival over at Slow Travel Stockholm

The timing couldn’t be more perfect as I have just started penning an epic fiction novel I am so happy about. The idea came to me while in Portugal on vacation earlier this week and my fingers have been itching ever since to get to my laptop.

But I digress… back to the festival!

On Saturday, April 13, I’ll be sitting on the following panel as well as participating as one of the experts during the “Buttonhole The Expert” sessions.


Breakout Session 3 – 3:00-3:5pm

Unlikely paths to publication: Inspiration and take-home tips to find your way to success with Paul Rapacioli, Lola Akinimade Åkerström, Katarina Bivald The journey to put a book into the hands of readers is as varied as the writing represented by this panel. Use these author’s stories as inspiration for your own! Lola started out as a systems architect and ended up a bestselling author and National Geographic photographer. Katarina went from working in a bookstore to getting a book deal after setting her novel in a country she’d never even been to. Paul got his inspiration from a controversial news story.


And on Sunday, April 15, I will be leading a travel writing workshop with the following details.

Upping Your Travel Writing Game with Lola Akinimade Åkerström 

Participants will learn practical ways of improving both their narrative and service-style travel writing including short peer-to-peer critiques and valuable resources for pitching their travel stories to various publications. This includes finding unique story angles, crafting pitches, and tightening your overall storytelling skills. Whether you are just beginning or are already published, take your writing to the next level in this session.


Looking forward to a fabulous weekend of learning and professional growth.