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10:00AM-10:45AM-NAC 1/203

Publishing for Latinos: Knowledge is Power Only When Shared

Facilitated by Marcela Landres

Finding the right publisher is difficult for any writer, but Latinos face unique challenges–and opportunities. Topics discussed include: the significance of Latinos to mainstream publishers; writing in Spanish vs. English; dealing with the label of “Latino Writer”; overcoming cultural and social barriers, especially for Latinas; and the most important thing you can do to ensure the future success of Latino publishing.

10:00AM_10:45AM-NAC 0/201

Crossing Borders: Identity and Being

Facilitated by Emely Paulino

Borders are meant to demarcate; separating entities or geographies that are considered different. In this workshop, we will explore the role of borders (visible and non-visible) in our everyday lives. Participants will be encouraged to consider the presence of borders in their lives not only as physical markers and metaphors, but also as intended obstacles through writing. How do borders shape who we are?

10:00AM-10:45AM-NAC 1/202

Dos Lenguas/Of Two Tongues: Un taller bilingüe

Facilitated by Yoseli Castillo-Fuertes

In this bilingual workshop writers with various levels of fluency in both English and Spanish will write in both languages to explore the languages’ and the writer’s migrant experience, movement and dynamics on the page. 

Escritores bilingües con diferentes niveles de fluidez en inglés y en español escribirán en ambos idiomas para explorar la experiencia migratoria, el movimiento y la dinámica de las dos lenguas y de la misma autora/autor en su pluma.

11:00AM-11:45AM-NAC 0/201

Lay a Successful Path to a Writing Career

Facilitator: Cleyvis Natera

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and experimental ways of storytelling all have one thing in common for Dominican Writers: though it may be a passion of the heart, many of us lack the resources, means or knowledge on how to lay, then navigate a path toward a successful writing career. And though our family and friends are often impressed by our devotion (wepa, dique escritor/a!), many are puzzled by our insistence that being a writer is a real job. This workshop seeks to arm participants with powerful tools to lay a path through an industry that is woefully lacking in diversity. We’ll cover aspects of the traditional career path: Is an MFA the right investment for you? What are the top MFA programs you should consider?  

11:00AM-11:45AM-NAC 1/211/Atrium

"The Pineapple Diaries" Monologue Writing Workshop

Facilitated by Paloma Valenzuela

“The Pineapple Diaries” is a web series created by Dominican-American writer Paloma Valenzuela. In this workshop we will screen a monologue from the show, learn what Paloma's approach to writing a monologue is and we will be writing our very own monologues- telling our own stories. Through the screening a monologue episode from “The Pineapple Diaries” and this writing workshop we hope to inspire other writers of color to share their stories and see that without a doubt our stories matter, representation matters.

11:00AM-11-45AM-NAC 1/202

Calladita te vez más  Bonita: Writing Rage

Facilitated by Alicia Anabel Santos

You look more beautiful silent.” Women writer’s are often met with resistance when they write about subjects that go against the status quo or express unpopular opinions. Some writers are afraid to write on subjects worried about “lo que dirán.” In many ways this mutes the writer. Culturally Dominican women have been taught that it is best we say less and never mind express our anger. “Calladita te vez más  bonita” is a way of restricting and silencing women writers. This workshop dispels the myth that women are prettier when they stay silent and that somehow anger makes us ugly. In this workshop we will review texts written by Dominican women writers and get our rage on the page. (This workshop is inclusive of all genders) 

2:00PM-2:45PM-NAC 0/201

Family Trouble: Writing About Family in Nonfiction

Facilitated by Vanessa Martir

Writing our lives often means writing about our families. A family is our first mirror and how we first define ourselves, and that’s why writing about them is one of the trickiest aspects of memoir and personal essay writing. We can’t get away from these people and how they’ve shaped us, but how fair is it to put them in our stories? How does a writer handle writing about family with honesty and respect? In this talk and writing intensive we will: examine how writers have tackled writing about family in their essays and memoirs; & Vanessa will give you craft techniques to help you write about the people you've loved the most, who have hurt us the worst. 

2:00PM-2:45PM-NAC 1/203

Solo Performance: An Introduction

Facilitator: Armando Batista

This workshop is designed for those who want to take their poetry and performance to the next level. Have you done spoken word before? Open Mics? Acting? Do you feel the need to share a personal experience with others? Do you want to challenge yourself as an actor or storyteller? There is nothing like  performing a solo play to teach you true vulnerability and the power of connecting with an audience. This is an introduction to starting that amazing journey of creating and performing your own one-person play. *Participants are encouraged to bring a piece of creative writing (poem/prose/monologue) 1-2 pages in length.*

2:00PM-2:45PM-NAC 1/211/Atrium

Get paid to Write! Submitting the Perfect Pitch for Media and journalism from Latinos USA

Facilitated by Amanda Alcantara of Latinos USA

Writing a pitch for a journalism publication is hard, especially when navigating a competitive media landscape. This presentation will look at the difference between writing for journalism and creative writing. This presentation will also include what editors are looking for in a pitch, how to find who to pitch to, and how to land yourself a paying gig as a freelancer.

3:00PM-3:45PM-NAC 1/201

La Sangre Jala: Connecting the Seen with the Unseen

Facilitated by Nia Ita Thomas and Lorraine Avila

When families are not equipped to process trauma, they have a tendency to choose and propagate silence as a means of avoiding difficult emotions and conversations. Hence, the classic De Eso No Se Habla. Genograms are a graphic representation of family trees that also display detailed information on familial patterns and relationships. Often used in psychotherapy, genograms are also a tool that can help writers explore and better understand their personal history as well as the backstories for their fictional characters.

3:00PM-3:45PM-NAC 1/202

How to Support your child as a Writer

Facilitated by Kate Reutner and Glendaliz Camacho of Uptown Stories.

At home, do writing assignments cause the kind of drama better suited for the stage than the page? Or do you have a budding Julia Alvarez or Lin Manuel Miranda and want to nurture their interest? At Uptown Stories, we believe young people should have the ability and autonomy to tell their own stories, in school and out. But parents and caregivers are their best partners, supporters, editors, and champions. Let's work together to support the next generation of writers. At this workshop, you'll learn strategies, ask questions, and leave empowered.

3:00PM-3:45PM-NAC 1/203

Power Art Creative Writing Workshop

Facilitated by MelimeL

The goals of the workshop are to exercise writing using art as a focal point, expose writers to various writing styles, and break the ice in showcasing one’s work. The workshop is great for novice or experienced writers who could benefit from a fun writing exercise that may take them out of their comfort zone and perhaps inspire ideas they never thought of before.

4:00PM-4:45PM-NAC 1/203

So you want to be a Fiction Writer? A Generative Writing Workshop for Emerging Writers.

Facilitated by Leslie Ann Murray

This session will function as a generative writing workshop. Participants will be given a writing prompt and ten minutes to “free write” towards that prompt. Afterward, the facilitator will ask different writers to share their work-in-progress with the group. Before the rest of the group provide feedback on the writer’s work, the facilitator will remind participants that the goal of the session is to help writers with their writing, not to impose their thoughts on the writing. The feedback will be empathic, positive, authentic affirmation, constructive, and empowering. The feedback is used to build the new writer’s confidence, teach them how to give and receive feedback, and affirm them as a writer. After the first prompt, the facilitator will provide three more writing prompts that last for ten minutes each, and the writers will free write to each prompt.

4:00PM-4:45PM-NAC 1/211/Atrium

Writing YA: Letting Youth Speak

Facilitated by Sonia Alejandra-Rodriguez

This workshop is dedicated to finding the voice of our young adult characters and bringing their worlds and experiences to fruition. One of the challenges of writing young adult fiction is getting out of the characters' way. As adults we often try to be the moral compass for our characters, we try to give our characters the childhood we might not have had, and we try to fix the problems we couldn't fix ourselves at that age. However, as writers, we must focus on creating well-developed characters who fall and can possibly rise again. We will read and listen to excerpts of young adult fiction, we will spend time on pre-writing activities, and generate story ideas. Participants will leave with the start of story ideas, character development, and world-building descriptions.

4:00PM-4:45PM-NAC 1/201

Speak for Yourself: Tips for an Effective Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Facilitated by Remy Cawley & Kleaver Cruz of Bold Type Books.

Do you have a burning vision for the next great memoir, history, science book or any combination of non-fiction ideas? Do you already have thoughts written or possibly a completed manuscript? Are you curious and unsure of how to organize your vision? Join Bold Type Books’ Assistant Editor, Remy Cawley and Editorial Associate, Kleaver Cruz to get helpful insight into preparing a compelling proposal for your next great non-fiction book. Remy and Kleaver will also discuss good practices for finding a literary agent and other helpful tips to help you on your journey as a writer. Come ready with questions!