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Las Comadres to Host 3rd Annual Latino Writers Conference

Las Comadres to Host 3rd Annual Latino Writers Conference in Brooklyn, NY

Day-Long Event to Offer Access to and Guidance From Publishing Insiders

Esmeralda Santiago Keynote 2014 Latino Writers Conference

2014 Keynote: Esmeralda Santiago

New York, NY; July 15, 2014—Las Comadres Para Las Americas, the national Latina organization, will present a day-long conference on September 27 for Latino writers seeking book publication.

The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference will be held at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn. Joining La Comadres as collaborators are Scholastic, WNYC, Medgar Evers College, CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the English Department, and the ALAS-Association for Latin American Studies, Adriana Dominguez, and Marcela Landres, with support from the Association of American Publishers.

Additional sponsors include Scholastic, Center for Black Literature, Full Circle Literary, Latino Print Network, and Cecilia Velástegui.

The conference will help attendees navigate the challenges and opportunities specific to Latino writers. Scheduled panels will focus on children’s/young adult writing, self-publishing, fiction, and non-fiction as well as craft workshops for adult and children’s books. Two of the more popular sessions are a pitch slam and an agents/editors panel. In addition, writers will have the option to meet one-on-one with agents and editors.

Participants currently include:

This year’s keynote speaker is renowned Puerto Rican author, Esmeralda Santiago. Santiago’s first book, the memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, was published in 1994. Her first novel, America’s Dream, followed in 1996 and was made into a film. In 1998 her second memoir Almost a Woman received numerous “Best of Year” mentions in addition to an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She adapted the memoir into a film for PBS Masterpiece Theatre that won a George Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Esmeralda’s 2004 memoir, The Turkish Lover was praised for the unflinching story of her relationship with an older man and her years at Harvard. Her most recent work, Conquistadora, is a New York Times best-selling novel. She also has written an essay for the Las Comadres anthology, Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships, published in English in 2012 and in Spanish in 2013.

Registration is now open for the conference at:
www.lascomadres.com/latinolit/ccwc-2014-registration

For further information contact:
Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D.
Las Comadres Para Las Americas
noracomstockphd@lascomadres.org
512-751-7837 (cell)
www.latinolit.com/latino-writers-conference
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About Las Comadres

Las Comadres is a nationwide grassroots-based group of Latinas launched informally in 2000 in Austin, TX. The national networks, created in 2003, have grown to over 100 US cities. Its 20,000 strong membership keeps Latinas connected via email networks, teleconferences, and monthly potluck events in individual cities. In conjunction with the Association of American Publishers, it sponsors a national book club promoting the work of Latino authors and encouraging literacy. The Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club was established in 2006.

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