Latinx Writers: A Virtual Symposium 2020

September 15 - October 15, 2020

Online Symposium Info:

Latinx SymposiumThis virtual workshop, an entry in our “Essential Conversations” series, is an in-community intensive experience for Latinx writers. Each week there will be one Live Zoom session: lectures, panels, interviews and open Q&A’s. There will also be one pre-recorded lecture released each week. Craft exercises will follow the pre-recorded session and writers will come together in a small group round table to share work and discuss. Exercises will build from week to week in the direction of a first draft.

There will be options for additional paid one-to-one critiques and business or marketing consultations following the one-month intensive.

What You’ll Learn and Experience:

During the symposium, you will:

  • Take part in a broad forum on Latinx children’s and young adult literature. The symposium is designed to be an exchange of ideas between participants and faculty.
  • Hear a series of faculty lectures, where faculty will speak both from their expertise in the world of writing and publishing for children and from their experience as Latinx book creators in the industry.
  • Discuss the many diverse Latinx identities and the unique challenges in publishing.
  • Be inspired by fellow Latinx creators.
  • Discuss how to generate authentic characters, details, and connections.
  • Take time to reflect, connect, and experiment.
  • Explore the Latinx experience in children’s book writing and publishing.
    • What stories do today’s children need from Latinx book creators and about Latinx people?
    • What stories speak to our varied experiences?
    • How can we diversify the existing body of Latinx children’s literature?

Join Us If:

  • You are Latinx. This program is designed to be an exchange of ideas and a place to connect in community.
  • You write picture books, middle grade novels or young adult novels. This program is open to all Latinx kidlit creatives regardless of genre or age you are creating for.
  • You work in children’s publishing. This “Essential Conversations” course will be stronger with voices from all sides of Latinx publishing.

Symposium Scholarship:

We’re looking for partners to support this program. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship to attend the Latinx Symposium, click here.

Preliminary Agenda

September 15:
Prerecorded session #1, plus Writing Prompt

September 20:
First roundtable session, First Live session

September 22:
Prerecorded session #2, plus Writing Prompt

September 27:
Roundtable session #2 + Live session

September 29:
Prerecorded session #3, plus Writing Prompt

October 4:
Roundtable session #3 + Live session

October 6:
Prerecorded session #4, plus Writing Prompt

October 11:
Roundtable session #4 + Live session

October 15:
Open Mic Sharing and Final Q & A


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Mia García

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Maika Moulite

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Maritza Moulite

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Emma Otheguy

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NoNieqa Ramos

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