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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.

Registration

 

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.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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.

Panelists:
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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