Motivation

The local Twin Cities public libraries, in partnership with the Loft Literary Center, offer free writing classes (thanks, Minnesota State Arts Board). First Pages, as this program is known, allows community members to taste-test writing classes taught by Loft teaching artists. I love teaching in this program because the students are grateful for a free class and are usually ready to explore writing. It’s fun to be the teacher watching beginning (or returning) writers find the bug.

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The Truest Stories

As I work on both final edits for my forthcoming memoir and rewrites for a novel (details coming soon), I have been switching back and forth between creative nonfiction and fiction. The two projects have similar themes of family and identity and belonging.

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Representation Matters

There are a lot of movements lately that are attempting to diversify publishing (#latinolit is the one I'm most familiar with). These initiatives have included lists of writers and agents of color; publishing houses dedicating imprints to non-white voices; and an attempt to diversify internships, the position from which many publishing careers are launched.

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