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Invite Cara to speak at your event or book club night!

Cara Lopez Lee offers inspiring, informative, creative talks and workshops on such topics as memoir, fiction, independent travel, and becoming the hero of your own story. To request Cara for your event or book club, please email with "Event Request" in the subject line. Or check out one of her upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

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Friday, August 18, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Third Friday Salon – curated & hosted by Elena Secota
The Rapp Saloon
1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, California 90401
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L.A. creative-talent collector and writer, Elena Secota, has invited me to join this month’s cast of characters for her Third Friday Salon, a night of stories, poetry, and music. The night’s other featured performers are Elaine Gale, whose one-woman show, One Good Egg, recently played to sold out audiences in Santa Barbara…Dan Kwong, writer, performance artist, and director at First Circle Productions…and musicians Heather Donavon & Steve McCormick—his EP album, The Tripping Years, is available on iTunes. There are also open mic slots, so please bring a story or poem to share if you’d like!

Friday, September 1, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Denver's 2nd Annual LitCrawl
Featuring The FBomb & Other Literary High Jinks
Multiple Venues on Tennyson St, Denver, CO (Schedule below)
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Please join me for the FBomb at the 2nd Annual Denver LitCrawl, the Friday night before Labor Day. Denver LitCrawl is a wild night of literary shenanigans in which dozens of writers rove up and down Tennyson Street to celebrate Denver's First Friday Art Walk. The FBomb is the flash-fiction segment of the night, featuring an explosion of 4-minute stories by 9 storytellers, hosted by Queen of Flash Nancy Stohlman, who has kindly invited me to join her crew! Here's the whole LitCrawl lineup:

6:00-6:45 pm
7:00-7:45 pm
8:00-8:45 pm
9:00-10:00 pm

Check back for events to be added as they are scheduled!

Cara Lopez Lee

Recent Events

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Sunday, July 30, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Brainstorm Storytelling: Improvised Conversation Inspires True Stories
5124 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

The last Sunday of every month is Brainstorm! Audience suggestions spark a free-form conversation, which leads to 6 incredible true stories. Thanks to hosts Julieta Raquel Gilbert and Seth Gilbert, and their co-producer Rich Tackenberg, for including me in their lively show. The stories were rich, funny, and heartfelt, and I felt so warmly welcome.

Saturday, April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Muse Lit Salon
Muse on 8th
759 S LaBrea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Corner of 8th & LaBrea)

Thanks to Christopher Korbel for inviting me to share the mic with L.A.'s most engaging storytellers, memoirists, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights! It was fun. So sad this venue is gone, but here's hoping I get to share a stage with Chris again soon...

Sunday, April 16, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Two Truths and a Lie: Live!
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to host Daniel David Shapiro for inviting me to join a fun lineup of storytellers to share my take on the topic of Cheats. You can listen to the podcast here: Cheats—Two Truths and a Lie, Episode 47.

May 12
No Extra Words: The Flash Fiction Podcast
Episode 81

Thanks to Kris Baker Dersch for inviting me to share my flash-fiction story, The Afternoon Sleepwalk, in her show on the theme "You Looking at Me?" You can listen to the podcast here: No Extra Words, Episode 81—You Looking at Me?

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Friday, October 14, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Telling True Stories
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291 \0x00

Saturdays, October 8 & 15, 8:00 p.m.
Muse Lit Salon
Cara Lopez Lee—October Artist-in-Residence
Muse on 8th
759 S La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sunday, September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Telling True Stories
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206 \0x00

Thanks to Lighthouse, friends, and fans for making it a great night for laughter and reflection, as four memoirists considered the crazy lives we all lead and how writers go about sharing them. Candace Kearns Read is the author of The Rope Swing (Eagle Wings Press, 2016), Erika Armstrong is the author of A Chick in the Cockpit (Behler Publications, 2015), Elaine Gale is the creator of One Good Egg. I talked about the memoir I coauthored with Vietnam POW Robert Wideman, Unexpected Prisoner (Graham Publishing Group, 2016). Thanks, too, to my fellow memoirists, who made our little stage a generous place to share ideas.

Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.
Unexpected Prisoner, Unexpected Partner
Denver Woman's Press Club Brunch Program
1325 Logan Street
Denver, CO 80203

Thanks to everyone at the Denver Woman's Press Club for the warm welcome and helping make this both a fun and educational event! Vietnam War POW Robert Wideman and co-author Cara Lopez Lee talked to a full house at the Denver Woman's Press Club about their book Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW (Graham Publishing Group, 2016). Club members were spellbound as Robert shared stories of his experience as a POW, and Cara shared the method and madness of collaborating on another person's story.

Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00-3:00 p.m.
Young Writers Summer Camp—Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders
Lighthouse Young Writers Program
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, CO 80206
Registration: $305 (scholarships available)
Contact for more information:

Children spent a week immersed in a magical world of storytelling, creative writing, crafts, games, and fun. They explored self-expression in a variety of forms, such as short story, flash-fiction, mini-essay, and spoken-word memoir.