Writing Workshops

As a teaching artist in the Austin community, I offer workshops and series in various creative writing and cultural arts genres for youth and adults.

I am the program coordinator of Barrio Writers in Austin, TX. See the Barrio Writers website and Facebook page for more information about our summer workshop intensives and other ongoing programming. The summer 2019 workshop registrations are open now:

I am also the founder of Lenguas Loc@s, a writers collective in Austin, TX for women, femme and non binary writers.

Current scheduled community writers workshops:

Reconnecting to the Body: Writing and Reflection on Beauty, Pain, and Healing (an 3-week online workshop hosted by the Writing Barn, Austin TX on Wednesdays, September 4, 11, and 18th from 7-9pm

If you would like to book me to lead one of the following workshops, please go to the contact page and fill out the information. I will generally get back to you within the week. I am also happy to create a workshop curated for your organization’s needs.

Workshops for Youth

Intro to Zine-making Workshop

This workshop will introduce creators to what zines are, an overview of zine history in the US, examples of my favorite zines as well as local Texas zine culture and will provide space for participants to make their own mini-zines, either individually or collaboratively.

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Workshops for Adults

Creating your poetic altar

For many poets, cultivating a sacred place where your work can thrive is a challenge of space, time and priority. It can be difficult to find poetic inspiration or motivation when there is an absence of connection with our creative selves, and our creative spaces.

This workshop engages in discussion of our poetic practices engaging with objects, artwork, places and other poetic works to create our own poetic altars when the creative wells run dry. We will consider, how do we incorporate a sense of place and memory into our work, and how can our altars serve to inspire and focus our work?

Honoring Our Origin Stories

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In this writer’s workshop, participants will read short pieces about the importance of honoring our ancestors and their influence on our current lives. They will respond to a prompt related to the readings as they address their ancestors and their hopes for their futures and will have the option to share their work at the end of the workshop.

Crafting persona: Creating Strong Voices for Historic Pieces 

When crafting stories and narrative poems, creating compelling characters and voices is vital to bringing the reader into the story’s world. Writing in the voice of a historical character can add an even bigger challenge to creating your character’s persona in ways that are authentic and emotionally true to the story you are endeavoring to tell. In this workshop, we would discuss: The challenges associated with writing personas with the added weight of historical realities or biographies, how to write historical characters that are authentic and interesting, juggling historical settings, facts and dialogue with your original storytelling, and much more. We would also read poems and novel excerpts as mentor to show the range of possibilities when creating engaging personas.