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Conference Program

2014 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference Program

Schedule is subject to change.

Comadres and Compadres Latino Writers Conference Program8:30–8:50 a.m.



9:00–9:50 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Agenda


10:00–10:50 a.m.

Panel 1
Craft Workshop for Adult Books – Learn the ins and outs of story structure & plot, and get techniques on how to grab the reader from page one.

Presenter: Luis Jaramillo, Director of The New School Writing Program, author of The Doctor’s Wife | Room: TBA

Panel 2
Craft Workshop for Children’s Books – Learn specific steps to take–and missteps to avoid–in order to make your picture book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript submission-worthy.

Presenter: Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass | Room: TBA


11:00–11:50 a.m.

Panel 3
Fiction – Learn what it really takes to be published from authors who have been there, done that.

Suzan Colón, author of Beach Glass
Sandra Rodriguez Barron, author of Stay With Me

Moderated by Chris Campanioni, author of Going Down

Room: TBA

Panel 4
Non-Fiction – Authors discuss their motivations for writing books based on real life and what it takes to make those writings compelling enough to print.

Alina García-Lapuerta, author of the biography La Belle Creole: The Cuban Countess
Daisy Hernández, author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed

Moderated by José Luis Vilson, author of This is Not A Test

Room: TBA

12:00–12:50 p.m.

Lunch – visit with panelists, agents, and editors seated at various tables.


1:00–1:50 p.m.

Keynote and Q&A with Esmeralda Santiago – My Publishing Story: Esmeralda Santiago will share the highs and lows of her journey to publication so aspiring writers can take note of what may lay ahead for them. Author of Conquistadora: A Novel, plus many more!


2:00–2:50 p.m.

Panel 5
Writing for Children and Young Adults – The amazing success of The Hunger Games trilogy and the Wimpy Kid series has once again placed the spotlight on children’s books. Learn from the experts about
what makes a children’s book successful, and how to get into this portion of the publishing business.

Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Lila Quintero Weaver, author of Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Moderated by Shelley Diaz, Associate Editor, School Library Journal

Room: TBA

Panel 6 (Workshop)
Self-Publishing – Self-publishing has proven to be a viable way for a certain kind of writer to get an agent and land a book deal. Learn how to become that kind of writer.

Panelists: Karen Quinones Miller, author of Satin Doll | Room: TBA


3:00–3:50 p.m.

Panel 7
Pitch Slam – Pitch your book in thirty seconds or less and get instant feedback from agents and editors.

Toni Kirkpatrick, Editor, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Stacy Whitman, Publisher, Tu Books

Moderated by Marcela Landres, Editorial Consultant

Room: TBA

4:00–4:50 p.m.

Panel 8
Agent/Editor Panel – Leading agents and editors discuss the Latino publishing landscape.

Johanna Castillo, Vice President & Senior Editor, Atria/Simon & Schuster
Nancy Mercado, Editorial Director, Scholastic
Jeff Ourvan, Literary Agent, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

Moderated by Adriana Dominguez, Literary Agent, Full Circle Literary

Room: TBA


5:00–5:50 p.m.

Conclusion, Steps to Community: with Nora Comstock, Adriana Dominguez, and Marcela Landres. An author and an agent will share their personal story of meeting at the 2012 conference and taking a manuscript to publication. Also, a writers club created by conference attendees in 2013 share their story. Y mucho mas!


6:30–9:00 p.m.

Latino Student Association Open Mic and Conference Reception

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