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2017 Writer’s Conference

Las Comadres, in collaboration with The New School, Creative Writing Program




Postponed to October 2018….stay tuned!


The New School
55 W 13th Street, New York NY 10011


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2017 Conference

2017 Comadres and Comadres Writers Conference, Special Edition II * Writing Master Classes****POSTPONED to October 2018…stay tuned!

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

Announcing the 6th Annual Writers Conference, Special Edition II!

The 6th Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference – Master Classes , taking place at The New School in New York, will be a SPECIAL EDITION. Again this year the conference will offer only writing master classes. In 2018 the plan is to return to the full day conference, plus an additional half day of writing master classes.

For information, please contact Nora Comstock at, 512-928-8780 or 512-751-7837, cell.


  • 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, Veronica Chambers
  • 5:30 p.m. Punch and Nibble Reception

The public is invited to the keynote and reception.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the requested master class.

Address questions to Nora Comstock,

Fill out form at link below for preliminary registration to receive a call about the class:


Nora de Hoyos Comstock,  Las Comadres Para Las Americas

Adriana Dominguez, Agent, Full Circle Literary

  • Cost for master class: $225.00. Once you fill out the interest form, you will receive a call from Nora Comstock to discuss your interest and instructions on how to proceed. You will be billed only after acceptance into class by the instructor.
  • Each writing master class has it’s own selection process and submission requirements. See below for detail

Featuring Veronica Chambers as keynote speaker!

 Veronica Chambers is a prolific author and journalist, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir Mama’s Girl, the young adult novel, The Go-Between and The New York Times Bestseller Yes Chef, which was co-authored with chef Marcus Samuelsson. She is the editor of The Meaning of Michelle: 17 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own. She was a culture writer at Newsweek, an editor at The New York Times Magazine and the founding editor of Condé Nast’s Glam Latina. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, her work often reflects her Afro-Latina heritage.


Master Class Instructors

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.

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Time in class will be spent on discussing next steps for these projects and preparing for the pitch slam session. About Luis Jaramillo 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

To be considered for participation in the fiction master writing class: *submit interest form: Click here!


Picture books inspire wonder with each page turn, and stay with children long after they are grown. These beautiful books appear effortless, but are deceptively challenging to write. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of writing, revising, and polishing a picture book manuscript. You will receive feedback on your approved manuscript from the instructor and your peers, and you will also learn some tips on submitting to a publisher or literary agent. No illustrations required, unless you are the author/illustrator.

Emma Otheguy is the author of the bilingual picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) about poet and Cuban national hero José Martí, as well as the forthcoming Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Silver Meadows Summer (Knopf, 2019).

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Her short story for children “Fairies in Town” was awarded Magazine Merit Honors by SCBWI, and her scholarly article “Sermonizing in New York: The Children’s Magazines of Mary Mapes Dodge and José Martí” appeared in Ethics in Children’s Literature (Ashgate, 2014). Emma is a Ph.D. candidate in History at New York University, focusing on Spain and colonial Latin America.

To be considered for participation in the Children’s Picture Book master writing class: *submit interest form:  Click here!

Each instructor will select the students who are admitted into the class.

You will be notified by Nora Comstock of your acceptance into the requested master class and you will be invoiced at that time.

Address questions to Nora Comstock, / 512-751-7837


Master Class: Children’s Picture Books
Emma Ortheguy, Instructor


Master Class: Young Adult
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 their 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.

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About Sofia Quintero

Sofia Quintero, Self-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

To be considered for participation in the Young Adult master writing class:*submit interest form:  Click here!


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