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2015 CCWC Program

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2015 Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference Program

Schedule is subject to change.

8:00–8:50 a.m.


9:00–9:50 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Agenda

10:00–10:50 a.m.

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

Luis Jaramillo, Chair, New School Creative Writing Program; Author,The Doctor’s Wife
Room: TBA

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

Meg Medina, Author, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Room: TBA

11:00–11:50 a.m.

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

Suzan Colon, Author, Beach Glass
Natalia Sylvester, Author, Chasing the Sun
Moderated by Anjanette Delgado, Author, The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho
Room: TBA

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

Nelson A Denis, Author, War Against All Puerto Ricans
Ana Sofia Pelaez, Author, The Cuban Table
Moderated by Mireya Navarro, Author, Stepdog

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.

Panel 5
Writing for Children and Young AdultsThe 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.

Angela Dominguez, Author, Knit Together
Daniel Jose Older, Author, Shadowshaper
Moderated by Shelley Diaz, Senior Editor, Reviews, School Library Journal
Room: TBA

Panel 6
Magazines and Literary Journals—Being published in a mainstream magazine or literary journal is often a necessary stepping-stone to publishing a book. Magazines and literary journal editors discuss what kinds of writers and writing they seek.

Steve Cannon, Founder, A Gathering of the Tribes
Elizabeth Gaffney, Editor-at-large, A Public Space
Moderated by Tim Fredrick, Editor, Newtown Literary
Room: TBA

2:00–2:50 p.m.

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

Linda Camacho, Literary Agent, Prospect Agency
Nikki Garcia, Editorial Assistant, Little Brown Childrens Books
Moderated by Marcela Landres, Editorial Consultant
Room: TBA

3:00–3:50 p.m.

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

Millicent Bennett, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster
Leticia Gomez, CEO and Founder, Savvy Literary Services
Phoebe Yeh, VP and Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers
Moderated by Amber Qureshi, Editor-at-Large, Catapult
Room: TBA

4:00–4:50 p.m.

Closing remarks/Paths to Community

5:00–5:50 p.m.

Keynote and Q&A with Cristina GarciaMy Publishing Story: Cristina Garcia, author of King of Cuba, will share the highs and lows of her journey to publication so aspiring writers can take note of what may lay ahead for them.

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception
Mix and mingle
with Cristina Garcia, agents, editors, panelists, and fellow attendees.


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