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“Writing an Identity Not Your Own” with Alex Temblador

September 8 2021 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

$49.00 – $109.00
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$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Do you have the tools to write a character whose identity is different than your own?  

In this three-hour class, Mixed Latinx author Alex Temblador will discuss one of the most contentious topics in creative writing: crafting a character whose identity is not your own. In addition to covering the history and state of diversity in publishing, she will offer concrete advice as to how a writer might approach writing main, secondary, and tertiary characters who are people of color, LGBTQIA+, peoples with disabilities, etc. This class will highlight the self-awareness and self-reflection required of writers who wish to write characters of differing identities, as it is through facing one’s own bias and sitting in discomfort that writers may create authentic and realistic characters.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You write novels, short stories, or any form of creative writing in which you develop characters.
  • You want to learn how to write authentic and realistic characters whose identities differ from your own. 
  • You want to avoid the pitfalls that come with writing characters who have different experiences and perspectives.

The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, September 8 at 5:00 PM CDT.

Instructor

Alex TembladorAlex Temblador is the award-winning author of the novels Secrets of the Casa Rosada (2018) and Half Outlaw, a magical realism novel forthcoming from Blackstone Publishing in 2022. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and has since been a freelance writer for the last five years. Her Starred Kirkus novel has won such accolades as the NACCS 2019 Tejas Foco Young Adult Award, MG/YA Discovery Prize Winner of Writers League of Texas Book Awards, and Kirkus' Best of YA Books of 2018. Alex has two upcoming anthology publications, her creative work has been published in PALABRITAS and Cigale Literary Magazine, and her articles have appeared in outlets like Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Texas Highways Magazine, D Magazine, Fodors, among many others. In addition to being the moderator and brains behind Dallas' newest author panel series, LitTalk, Alex travels the world for her writing career and offers writing presentations and workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences in the U.S.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
September 8 2021
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
Cost:
$49.00 – $109.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom