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N Texas: In Reality and Fantasy – Diversity Done Right Workshop- Featuring Author Cynthia Leitich-Smith

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Date(s) - 03/19/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Latino Cultural Arts Center
2600 Live Oak Street - Dallas, Texas 75204


An upbeat and productive examination and celebration of writing across identity elements in both realistic and speculative fiction, geared to writers of varied levels of experience. Emphasis will be placed on self-reflection, dialogue, encouragement and cautions, and of interest to those whose reflections of diversity are literal, metaphorical or both. Cross-applications will abound with regard to the global craft of writing and being a more thoughtful and confident participant in sensitive conversations and considerations of youth literature.

Geared toward all membership levels, MG/YA


9:00-9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15-9:30         Welcome

9:30-10:15       Writing Across Identity Elements, Part I.

10:15-30          Break

10:30-11:30     Writing Across Identity Elements, Part II.

11:30-12          Q & A Diversity Panel w Cynthia Leitich Smith, plus Published and Listed members Lori Ann Stephens & Kena Sosa
12:00-1:00       Catered Lunch (included in cost)
1:00-2:45         World Building & Metaphors- Realistic, Historical, and other writers
2:45-3:00         Break
3:00-3:30         Remaining Workshop: Applications for Your Writing Career
3:30-4:00         Q&A panel w Cynthia, Lori Ann, and Kena


Full day (including lunch):  Lunch Choice of boxed deli lunch and iced tea will be provided.

Member:  $80

Guest:  $100  

You may add on a written critique or phone consultation by clicking HERE. You MUST be registered for the workshop BEFORE adding on a critique.

We also invite you to a dutch treat dinner at Meso Maya (1611 McKinney Ave.) following the event. If you plan to attend, please email our Assistant Regional Advisor, Catie Riley Wright, to be added to the reservation.

cynthia_leitich_smith_author_photo_bib_necklaceCynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling YA author of the Tantalize series, the Feral trilogy, and award-winning books for younger children such as Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes, and Rain Is Not My Indian Name. She’s also well published in the short story, her writing recently appearing in Things I’ll Never Say: Stories of Our Secret Selves and Violent Ends. Cynthia makes her home in Austin, Texas; and teaches on the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.



And… Sitting on our Published and Listed Diversity Panel with Cynthia:

Lori Ann Stephens


Kena Sosa