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2016 Comadres & Compadres Writers Conference

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2016 Comadres and Comadres Writers Conference, Special Edition * Writing Master Classes     ****   Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Theresa Lang Student Center and Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnold Hall, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, New York, 10011

Announcing the 5th Annual Writers Conference, Special Edition!

The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, provides Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books. In previous years writers have traveled from as far as California, Mexico, and England to attend.

The 5th Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, taking place at The New School in New York, will be a SPECIAL EDITION. This year the conference will offer writing master classes, only. In 2017 the plan is to return to the full day conference, plus an additional day of writing master classes.

For updates on the conference, including programming and registration, please keep checking this page. We will be updating this page as we gather information. Links to program, registration, panelists, and other important links will be provided as they become available. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

For information, please contact Nora Comstock at, 512-751-7837.


9:00 – 9:50 Registration

9:30 – 9:50 Welcome

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Writing Master Classes with an hour lunch break.

Lunch included for all participants.

3:00 – 4: 15 p.m. Class participants pitch their ideas to panel of agents/editors

4:30 p.m. Keynote by renowned author, Ana Castillo (READ BIO HERE)

5:30 p.m. Wine and Nibble Reception

  • Cost for master class: $199.00
  • Each writing master class will have it’s own selection process and submission requirements. See below for details.
  • The adult fiction writing master class is limited to 15 participants to be selected by the instructor. Submit 10 page sample of fiction writing, double spaced, in .pdf format.
  • Young Adult and Picture Books for Children will have a maximum of 10 participants each to be selected by instructors.

Young Adult Writing Master Class

* An excerpt of the work of 1500 – 2000 words (it must be the work you intend to focus on in the master class)

* A 1-page synopsis of the entire work

Children’s Picture Book Writing Master Class

*Two manuscript samples

*500-800 words (about 2-3 pages double spaced)

All participants must include with their writing samples

* A 200-word bio that also answers the question, “Why this story at this time?”

* Contact information including name, preferred pronouns, email address and telephone number.

You will be advised of your selection to participate. Upon notification of selection, you will be invoiced for the class.

The public is invited to the keynote and reception.



Master Class: Fiction Writing
Luis Jamarillo, Instructor
To write the stories we really want to write, we often have to go through the side door. In this workshop we work our way through a series of in-class exercises, writing in ways we may be unaccustomed to, producing work that gives us new ways of dealing with the material that matters to us the most.

All students will have the chance to read aloud in class. Students may work on a project they have already begun, or they may use the workshop to come up with a brand new idea for a story or novel. Time in class will be spent on discussing next steps for these projects.

About Luis Jaramillo

luis jarmarillo

Luis Jaramillo is the author of The Doctor’s Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2012. His work has also appeared in Open City, Gamers (Soft Skull Press), Tin House Magazine, H.O.W. Journal, and the Chattahoochee Review, among other publications. He is the director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School.


Master Class: Young Adult Writing
Sofia Quintero, Instructor
Some things about being an adolescent are universal, and some truly depend on the times. In this master class for YA, we will explore the blessings and the challenges of being a young person today as well as mine our own coming of age, bringing them together for powerful impact. It is geared toward those who have a work in progress. We will tackle issues of language (e.g. slang), trends and representation. Each student will have an opportunity to receive laser coaching through a particular issue they’re experiencing so that they can move forward with thier stories. Most of all, we’ll have fun doing it because the best reason to write for youth is to recapture and maintain our own sense of play and possibility.

About Sofia Quintero

sofia quinteroSelf-professed “Ivy League homegirl” Sofia Quintero is a writer, producer, activist, educator and speaker. Born into a working-class family in the Bronx where she still lives, she holds a BA and an MPA from Columbia University. She also recently earned an MFA in writing and producing television at the TV Writers Studio at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Under the pen name Black Artemis, Sofia wrote three feminist hip-hop novels published by Penguin – Explicit Content, Picture Me Rollin’ and Burn – which are assigned in college courses across the nation. Under her real name she has published the chick lit novel Divas Don’t Yield and her award-winning debut YA novel Efrain’s Secret and numerous short stories and novellas.

When not working on her next young adult novel, Sofia is developing several projects for both kids and adults including developing an online group coaching program for writers seeking to jumpstart deeply personal stories. You can learn more about Sofia and her projects at


Master Class: Children’s Picture Books
Angela Dominguez, Instructor
Writing a picture book is a dream for most people. No wonder! Picture books are wonderful and artful, but they are also more challenging then they appear.

In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of writing a picture book narrative. You will also receive feedback on your approved manuscript from the instructor and your peers. Finally, you will learn a few tips on how to submit to a publisher or literary agent.

To sign up, please submit two picture book manuscripts. Each manuscript should be somewhere between five hundred to eight hundred words. No rhyming stories, please.

About Angela Dominguez

angela dominguezAngela was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and lived in San Francisco. She’s the author and illustrator of picture books such as Let’s Go Hugo!, Santiago Stays, Knit Together, and Maria Had a Little Llama, which received the American Library Association Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. Recently, she received her second Pura Belpré Honor for her illustrations in Mango, Abuela, and Me written by Meg Medina.

When Angela is not in her Brooklyn studio, Angela teaches at the Academy of Art University, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. She also enjoys presenting at different schools and libraries to all sorts of ages.

Angela is a proud member of SCBWI, PEN America, and represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency.


All writing samples must be doubled-spaced and converted to a .pdf file. Please include all the requested materials as an attachment in one email.

You will be notified by Nora Comstock of your acceptance into the requested master class.

Address questions to Nora Comstock,

Preliminary registration to receive a call about the program:

Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Board Member, Las Comadres Para Las Americas

Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary


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