March 7 to 10 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2018 annual conference in Tampa, Florida - EVENTS:
Friday Mar 9 @​ 3pm: The Role of the Expatriate Writer in Times of Political Upheaval - chair: Connie May Fowler with Robin Hemley and Donald Quist
Saturday Mar 10 @​ 10:30 am: Tearing Down Family & Societal Myths in Creative Writing - chair: Kaylie Jones with Laurie Jean Cannady, Sue William Silverman and J. Patrick Redmond

June 27 to 30 15th International Conference on the Short Story in English in Lisbon, Portugal "

public eye: featured in the media

Dec 28 to Jan 8, 2018 - Visiting faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing - lecture, reading & workshop


Nov 3 to 5: Irrawady Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myannmar - Featured author (due to death in the family Xu was unable to attend)

Nov 7: Hong Kong Literary Festival - “From Fiction to Nonfiction”

Nov 9 to 12: Singapore Writers Festival - featured on “The Responsibility of Origins & Identities” • “The Individual’s Story in a World of Flux” • “Emotional Truths: Memoirs vs. Fiction”

Nov 24 to 26: Cliftons, Central, Hong Kong - first Urban Weekend Retreat for Authors at Large includes workshop in writing craft, conversations about writing life & publishing and creating a literary community for fiction & nonfiction writers - apply at link above.

October 21 to 25: Asia Pacific Writers & Translators annual conference, Bali, Indonesia - (due to volcanic activity, Xu decided not to attend)

Jul 13 at 6:30 pm: Asia Society, Hong Kong - The Writer's Life in Fiction & Nonfiction
Jul 27 at 6 pm: Alvy’s, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong - Penguin Hong Kong Series Book Party - Book signing & reading.

Jun 23 at 10:30 am: Pacific University MFA summer residency - Visiting writer. “Between Fiction & Nonfiction”

May 6: Women’s Studies Research Group 2017 Spring Workshop, University of Hong Kong - Workshop leader & keynote speaker

May 12 to 13: Jakarta Post Writing Center, Jakarta, Indonesia - Workshop leader & featured international author
May 17 to 20: Makassar International Literary Festival, Indonesia - Featured writer
May 27 to Jun 1: Authors at Large Writers Retreat, Siglufjörður, Iceland - Organizer & fiction workshop leader (offered in conjunction with the 2017 Iowa Summer Writer's Festival)

Mar 7: League of Women Voters, Hong Kong
2017 The Script Road Macau Literary Festival
Mar 17 @​ 11 am: The Festival in the School, St. Joseph University - speaker
Mar 19 @​ 4:30 pm: Writers & their books, Old Court Building - panelist
Mar 23: Reading Club at the University of Hong Kong Library - featured author

Jan 10 to 24: La Muse Writers Retreat, Labastide-Esparbairenque, France - writer-in-residence


Dec 31 to Jan 2, 2017: Distinguished Visiting Fiction Writer, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing, Winter Residency - reading, lecture & workshops in the novel.

Nov 4: SUNY, Plattsburgh, New York - meet the author & reading hosted by English Dept.
Nov 9: New York University - reading & talk
Nov 10: New York Writers Workshop, Red Room (above KGB), New York City - reading with Tina Chang, Luis Francia & Jess Row

Oct 13: Asian American Writers Workshop, New York - reading & conversation with Bino Realuyo

Aug 30 to Sep 1: WrICE, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology - Castlemaine Residency
Melbourne Writers Festival
Sep 2 @​ 5:30 pm ACMI The Cube - Panelist “Writers Across Borders”
Sep 4 @​ 3 pm Beer DeLuxe - Book Launch “The Near & the Far” participating author & reader
Sep 8 @​ 5pm: University of Hong Kong, Dept. of Comparative Literature Seminar speaker “When the Fiction's True”
Sep 12 @​ 12:30 pm: University of Hong Kong, Gender & History class visit KK Leung Bldg. Room 202 (open to visitors)

Sep 13 @​ 6 to 9 pm: Museum & Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong - BOOK LAUNCH & ART INSTALLATION of “INTERRUPTIONS” ekphrastic essays in conversation with photos by David Clarke.

Sep 14 @​ 1:45 pm: Singapore International School visiting students - class visit - “Hong Kong literature”
Sep 14 @​ 5 pm: City University of Hong Kong/​Wasifiri - Writing Hong Kong Post 1997 Roundtable - interview by Florian Stadtler
Sep 18: M on the Bund, Shanghai
Sep 19 to 20: New York University in Shanghai
Sep 23: Open University of Hong Kong - literature class visit “Who is a ‘Hong Kong writer’ and what language should she write?”
Sep 25 to 26: Beijing Bookworm
Sep 28: Women in Publishing, Hong Kong
Sep 29: Tongzhi Literary Group, Hong Kong

Aug 21 to 25: Writer in residence at McCraith House, Melbourne
Aug 24 @​ 3:30 pm: Monash University Center for Writers & Writing, Clayton Campus - Seminar speaker “My Transnational Novel & the English Language”
Aug 28 @​ Noon: Chinese Writers Festival, Richmond Library, Victoria - Keynote speaker “The Global Chinese Writer”

July 24 to 28: Authors at Large writing retreat on Telunas private island, Indonesia
July 30 to 31: Jakarta Post creative writing workshop & "in conversation" with Maggie Tiojakin, Jakarta, Indonesia

June 14 @​ 7 pm: Hong Kong Literary Festival off-festival event at Kee Club, Hong Kong. Moderated by Simon Overton.

Oxford Literary Festival
April 3 @​ 2:15 pm: BBC live broadcast “Leaders & People.” Panelist.
April 3 @​ 4 pm: Writing Without Borders. Featured Novelist.
April 20: Book party hosted by Piper Writers Center, ASU, Tempe.
April 26: Bloom Reading Series new book celebration New York City. Featured Novelist.

February 18 - 20: Desert Nights Writing Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe. Conference Faculty.
Feb 19 @​ 2:45 pm: Writing a Novel for the 21st Century: The Challenge of Form & Content. Panelist.
Feb 20 @​ 8:30 am: Essaying the Memoir. Faculty lecture.
Feb 20 @​ 11 am: Backstory for Fiction Writers. Faculty lecture.

January 16 - 17: Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, MFA in Creative Writing, Whidbey Island, Washington. Visiting Writer.
Lecture: The 21st Century Novel in English (think China).
Session: What We Talk About When We Talk About Talent: A Provocation.

Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency Summer 2005 Photo L to R top: Andrew Zawacki, Beate Rygiert, Daniel Bachmann bottom: Mila D Aguilar, Sindiwe Magona, Xu Xi