Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Rules Are Made To Be Broken
(But Which Ones, and When?)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Three authors share their experiences and answer your questions about breaking writing and publishing “rules” and blazing one’s own unique writing path.

KatherineEllisonKatherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, writing consultant, and author of four books. Her latest, Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention (Hyperion Voice), combines her personal account of life with a high-spirited BUZZchild with a journalist’s overview of the controversies surrounding Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and how best to manage it.

Ellison has written widely on recent developments with ADHD for national media including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her previous books are The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes You Smarter, The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable, and Imelda: Steel Butterfly of the Philippines. Her website is

MalindaLoMalinda Lowas born in China and moved to the United States as a child. Ash, her first novel, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Lambda Literary Award for Children’s/Young Adult, and was a Kirkus 2009 Best Book for Children and Teens. Her second novel, Huntress, was published in 2011.
Formerly, Lo was an entertainment reporter, and was awarded the 2006 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master’s degrees from Harvard and Stanford Universities. Her website is

EllenSussmanEllen Sussman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons, and the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a SF Chronicle bestseller, and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex.

FrenchLessonsSussman has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA and Rutgers. She currently teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. Her website is