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July 30 - August 6, 2023

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The Latina Writers Conference is a program that gathers Latina creatives from the Southern California region to discuss topics central to their work as writers, performers, agents, editors, publishers, producers, and booksellers. LWC supports the wider representation of Latina voices in publishing, production, and performance, and celebrates all that Latina writers have accomplished, continue to accomplish, and will accomplish into the future.

LWC maintains the need to honor and serve a specific group of creatives and is open to those who identify as Latina including woman-identifying, trans, and nonbinary people. LWC also welcomes engagement from those who may not identify as Latina, but are inspired by the Latina experience.

LWC 2023 will be held from July 30th to August 5th, with our culminating celebration taking place on August 6th at Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center.

You may also share the event with your friends and colleagues, and those aspiring writers in your familia, just please let us know that you are coming!


SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Read Our Rebellion: Riot of Roses Publishing House Author Reading & LitCrawl

5 Latinx/Chicanx authors will share their work at two different brown-owned businesses in Sejatnga, Unceded Tongva Territory otherwise known as Whittier. These 5 authors will read from their collections and explore the liberating practice of storytelling.

Featuring Brenda Vaca, Annalicia Aguilar, Anastasia Helena Fenald, Paola Gutierrez, Diosa Xochiquetzalcóatl

Starting at Midnight Books LA , 7201 Greenleaf Ave. Suite D, Whittier CA 90602 Culminating at Uptown Plants at Casa Verde LA,12909 Philadelphia St., Whittier 90601

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SUNDAY, JULY 30, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Latina Writers in Animation: From Starting Out to Showrunning

Featuring 3 Latina animation writers, this panel will showcase the different career stages of writing for animation from staff writer (Jeannette Lara) to story editor (Norma P. Sepulveda) to showrunner (Natasha Kline). The discussion will also dig into how each writer navigates and draws inspiration from their respective identities and histories.

Moderated by Angela M. Sánchez & Featuring Natasha Kline, Norma P. Sepulveda, Jeannette Lara

This event will be streamed on Facebook Live. Be sure to sign up for a reminder.

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles CA 90042

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MONDAY, JULY 31, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mujer Peligrosa: Poetry and Life of Tatiana de la Tierra

Tatiana de la Tierra (1961-2012) was a Latina lesbian writer and literary trailblazer. In the 1990s, amidst all the possible isms imaginable in publishing, Tatiana co-founded and co-edited the magazines Esto No Tiene Nombre, Conomoción, and La Telaraña. These magazines featured poetry, prose, photography, spells and musings from Latina Lesbians in both the U.S. and Latin America. These herstorical publications were groundbreaking, offering bilingual and Spanglish literary lifelines to Latina lesbians across borders. tatiana went on to produce several of her own works, among them her iconic For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology (published in 2002 by Calaca Press and in 2018 by Sinister Wisdom). Although largely invisibilized in the “mainstream,” Tatiana de la Tierra remains beloved and vibrant in Latina lesbian and feminist literary circles. In fact, it is queer and feminist women who have assured her legacy be kept alive. In Oct 2023, Redonda y radical: Antología Poética de Tatiana de la Tierra was published by Sincronía Casa Editorial in Bogotá, Colombia.

This panel brings together Tatiana’s literary executors, the women of Sincronía (via Zoom), and local writer friends of Tatiana’s to discuss the author’s work, her literary activism, and her most amazing sapphic life. Join us for Tatiana de la Tierra poetry, Colombian music by Langosta, and refreshments.

Featuring Olga García Echeverría, Carribean Fragoza, Myriam Gurba, Rocio Cely Herrera, Laura Arenas, Maylei Blackwell

Altadena Library, 600 Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
When Where You Are From Has a Bad Reputation

Washington Heights, The Bronx, Compton, and San Bernardino are often depicted in the media as crime ridden, impoverished, and undesirable. This misrepresentation has become the dominant narrative about these places and the residents. Four Latinas share how they counter the misconceptions of their communities, past and present, and in their writing.

Featuring Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, Luivette Resto, Jenise Miller, Liz González

Virtual Meeting ID: 832 9435 3052 Passcode: 959221

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 6:30 PM - 9:30
Make Yourself Unforgettable: Branding Your Authentic Story

This workshop will give Latina writers insight on how to overcome our limiting beliefs from our ancestors so that we can be successful writers who have absolute clarity about our themes, messages, and purpose for sharing our stories and inspiring our community. Participants will leave this workshop knowing how best to execute their stories, the genre that best suits their stories and insights as to how their unconscious mind works and how to overcome writer's block. Having over 35 years of experience being a professional writer, I want to help other Latinas just starting out to gain the courage to write their stories and not sabotage themselves.

Facilitated by Josefina Lopez

Casa 0101, 2102 E. 1st., Los Angeles., CA 90033

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Cuentos de Mi Gente: Telling Your Personal and Community Stories

This is an in-person, bilingual workshop for 20 Mexican immigrant women in the Palo Verde Valley who will be asked to tell their stories to each other. Using writing prompts, model texts, and specific revision strategies, writers will turn their verbally expressed thoughts into cuentos de nuestra cultura.

Facilitated by Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera & Carmela Garnica
Escuela de la Raza Unida (this is a private event)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrating Women of Resilience

Celebrating Women of Resilience: A Photographic Tribute to the Activists. Women, Mujeres, Ixoq: Revolutionary Visions showcases the creativity of women artists committed to social justice. Through photos, videos, and oral histories, this project aims to inspire and transform communities. The book highlights the resilience of women and encourages young minds to become role models, emphasizing the importance of nurturing respectful men. It reminds us that every woman has a revolutionary story.

Featuring Claudia D. Hernández, Felicia Montes, Josie Méndez-Negrete, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Margaret Garcia

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Current & Future Latina Writers: Rise Up!

This panel gives a voice to Latina High School Writers studying film at the LACHSA. The students and Latina writer, Claudia Forestieri, will talk about their journey as writers and hopefully inspire future Latina writers. We want to highlight more diversity for our future generations especially in the writing area, whether that's writing scripts for movies or writing books.

Moderated by Equity Coordinator, Esmeralda Xochitl Flores & Featuring Jimena Mendez, Claudia Forestieri, Angela Alvarado, Andrea Ramirez Romo, Juliana Diaz

LACHSA's Caroline's Loft - Circle Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gothic Latinas/Mujeres de Horror: A Reading

Join Latinx in Publishing for a reading of horror and Gothic stories by 5 Latina authors who explore themes of family, love, grief, violence, brujería, patriarchy, capitalism, and colonialism. These critically acclaimed authors are innovating the genre and moving beyond it to show how we deal with death, as Latinas.

Hosted by Camille Corbett & Featuring Toni Margarita Plummer, Carribean Fragoza, Lilliam Rivera, Marytza K. Rubio, Mary Castillo

Matilija Lending Library, 3571 Lexington Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 3:00-8:00 PM
Roundtables & Pachanga at Plaza de la Raza!

Join us on August 6th to celebrate our Latina writing community! Our three roundtable discussions will be happening simultaneously, so choose your interest. You'll want to stay after the discussions for a special performance by Maria de la Ghetto and the Chulita Vinyl Club will be spinning tunes to dance! We'll also have plenty of vendors, so bring your cash! And Latino Arts Network with the Latina Writers Conference committee will be presenting the 2023 Maestra Award to the one and only author, community educator, bookstore owner, curator, and performance ethnographer Sarah Rafael García!

3:00 PM Registration

4:00 PM PR and Business for Latina Writers: How to Get Your Work Noticed with Li Yun Alvarado & Ena Coleman

This engaging and informative 75-minute roundtable discussion aims to equip writers with practical insights and strategies to effectively navigate the realms of promotion, branding, and entrepreneurship in the literary world.

Author, educator, and advocate Li Yun Alvarado, Ph.D., will delve into various aspects of PR and business tailored specifically to the needs and experiences of Latina writers. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on crafting an author brand, creating and maintaining a writer's CV and your first author website, setting intentions for a successful writing practice, leveraging social media platforms, securing speaking engagements, and fostering relationships with agents, editors, and/or publishers. Additionally, the roundtable will explore effective marketing strategies, self-promotion techniques, and the importance of community-building for long-term success.

4:00 PM Empowering Journeys: Writing as a Catalyst for Healing, Inspiration, and Personal Growth with Marisa Urrutia Gedney & Linda González

In this transformative 75-minute roundtable discussion, writers will explore the power of writing to heal, inspire, and empower, aiming to provide a nurturing space for Latina writers to explore their unique journeys while acknowledging the systemic challenges they may face.
For this interactive session, life coach, writer, speaker Linda González MSW, MFA, and writer, cultivator, DEI consultant, sahumadora, Marisa Urrutia Gedney, will guide participants through a journey of self-discovery, providing practical strategies to tap into their creative potential and overcome obstacles. Through engaging discussions and writing exercises, attendees will explore the role of writing in fostering healing, personal growth, and resilience. Linda and Marisa will help writers explore ways to harness their own experiences, voice, and imagination to tell stories that matter and inspire positive change.

4:00 PM Navigating the Publishing Journey: From Submission to Success
with Cybele Garcia Kohel, Neelanjana Banerjee, & Ramona Pilar

In this enriching 75-minute roundtable discussion, writers will discuss the intricacies of publishing their work: from understanding the importance of submitting their work to organizing their writing for submission and crafting compelling proposals, attendees will gain practical insights on how to present their work effectively to publications.

During this interactive session, writers and Women Who Submit coordinator Cybele Garcia Kohel, MLIS; writer and managing editor at Kaya Press, Neelanjana Banerjee; and story-diviner, singer, and creative nonfiction editor at Exposition Review, Ramona Pilar, will share their expertise and guide participants through the entire publishing process. The discussion will cover a wide range of topics, including researching literary markets, identifying the right publications for your writing, polishing your submissions, and navigating the editorial process. You’ll leave this discussion empowered with the knowledge and strategies to navigate the publishing world with confidence.

5:00 PM presenting the Chulita Vinyl Club

Chulita Vinyl Club is made up of women, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, people of color, who utilize music and vinyl as a form of resistance against the erasure of culture. Each DJ has their own personality and specialty, however you can expect a dance floor driven focus on Latin, Cumbia, Reggaeton, 90’s and 2000’s R&B, Funk, New Wave, Soul, Post-Punk, and House.

6:00 PM Maestra Award Presentation to Sarah Rafael Garcia

Sarah Rafael García is an award-winning author and literary arts advocate raised in Santa Ana, California. As a child of immigrants and a first-generation university graduate, she knows first-hand what it means to fail and triumph in life. Her first book Las Niñas (2008) speaks to her loss and upbringing, and her second book, SanTana’s Fairy Tales (2017), is part of an oral history multimedia exhibition awarded by the Andy Warhol Foundation, and most recently a required Ethnic Studies text in the Santa Ana Unified School District. She has co-edited various anthologies, including pariahs: writing from outside the margins (2016) and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers (2021), among other publications. García is the founder of Barrio Writers (2009), LibroMobile (2016) and Crear Studio (2017). In 2023, she was honored as a Woman of Distinction by State Senator Tom J. Umberg and a Kickass Woman by Orange Coast Magazine.

As a Chicana multimedia artist, García addresses what it means to be a child Spanish speaker, a teen trauma survivor, a nontraditional M.F.A graduate in the American School System — and now an arts leader who aspires to build equity and visibility for her BIPOC community in Orange County via the LibroMobile Arts Cooperative. Currently, she splits her time establishing collaborative arts programming through the digital humanities, which includes community-based partnerships, with UCI Libraries & Special Collections and the Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium at CSUF. Most recently, Sarah Rafael García was announced as the CSUF Chicana/o Studies Department & Latinx Lab Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the 2023-2024 academic year.

6:30 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Special Guest Performances: Maria De La Ghetto

Native Angeleno, Half Filipina and half Mexican, Maria uses comedy as a way to narrate her unique cultural identity as well as navigate through social norms she’s never quite fit into. She shares her experiences about being ethnically ambiguous and plus sized in a world where everyone wants to put you in a box that’s “one size fits all". She's performed all over Southern California including Mad House Comedy Club, Mic Drop Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store in San Diego. Flapper’s Comedy Club, Haha Comedy Club, and Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. She's also featured for headlining comedian Rex Navarrete at Brea Improv and Queen Bee’s San Diego

7:20 PM Dance Party!

8:00 PM Goodnight

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