WORKSHOPS

Catch up on past publishing-focused workshops led by agents, editors and authors who are all focused on promoting marginalized voices to publication. 

These workshops are brought free of charge to promote wide access to publishing knowledge. The Word is a nonprofit organization and we rely on community support to run our writing and publishing programs in support of writers from marginalized backgrounds, including workshops, community-building opportunities, our [margins.] publishing and writing conference, mentorship opportunities, and more. If you are able to support our events with a donation you ensure that we can provide access to groups and individuals who have been denied.

PUBLISHING TALKS

Writing Paths: Author + Agent Chat 

with Olivia Abtahi and Jim McCarthy

Join us for a chat between debut YA author Olivia Abtahi and her rockstar agent Jim McCarthy about their path to connecting and the path of Olivia’s first published novel, Perfectly Parvin - a BuzzFeed Highly Anticipated 2021 Release.

 

Writing Paths is a workshop series promoting marginalized voices to publication.

Check out extra tips from Jim and Olivia on our blog.

[margins.] community programming:

Q&A with St. Martin's Press Editor Sylvan Creekmore

A chat between Bunmi Ishola of The Word and Sylvan Creekmore, editor at St. Martin's Press (and one of our mentors from our annual Editor-Writer mentorship program!)

The Lit Agency & You:

Q&A with Angie Hodapp and Hannah VanVels

A Q&A on all things lit agency: querying, working with an agent, what to expect in the pub process,

featuring Angie Hodapp (Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary) and Hannah VanVels (Literary Agent, Corvisiero Literary).

 

Writing Paths:

Traditional Publishing 101 with Sandhya Menon

Join NYT-bestselling author Sandhya Menon as she answers the question: I finished my manuscript, now what do I do? Writing Paths is a workshop series supporting marginalized voices to publication.

CRAFT TALKS

R.O. Kwon, ed. KINK: Stories (Winner of the #MarginsBookstores Joy Award), in conversation with author and KINK contributor Zeyn Joukhadar

R.O. Kwon, ed. KINK: Stories (Winner of the #MarginsBookstores Joy Award), in conversation with author and KINK contributor Zeyn Joukhadar

The Joy Award celebrates what is pure and vibrant: this award is for a read that showcases and spreads joy in our communities. 

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This event is part of #MarginsBookstores Month.

Learn more and check out all our events here. 

Mariame Kaba, author of WE DO THIS 'TIL WE FREE US, #MarginsBookstores Month Activating Read Winner!

Our [margins.] conference director, Suzi Q. Smith, hosts Mariame Kaba in discussing WE DO THIS 'TIL WE FREE US: ABOLITIONIST ORGANIZING AND TRANSFORMING JUSTICE, the winner of our Activating Read #MarginsBookstores Month Choice Award!

Grab a copy here

More about #MarginsBookstores Month HERE

Author Lorraine Monteagut, Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color, in conversation with Valeria Ruelas + the opening of the first annual #MarginsBookstores Month!

#MarginsBookstores Opener:

Viniyanka Prasad, Angela Maria Spring, Aida Lilly, and Lorraine Monteagut open the month with a chat about the importance of these bookstores, plus a poem reading (Joy Harjo, read by Angela), and Lorraine reads the opening blessing.

Lorraine Monteagut is the author of Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color.

Valeria Ruelas (identifies as gay; pronouns she/her) is the author of two witchcraft books: Cosmopolitan Love Potions and The Mexican Witch Lifestyle (pubbing in 2022). She also writes for Cosmopolitan Magazine. She is an expert in spells and the tarot and enjoys making ASMR videos, pick-a-card videos, and sexy content for her followers. Valeria has an open door policy for questions and enjoys teaching and guiding people on their witchy journeys. She invites people to add her on SnapChat to communicate directly! @themexicanwitch

 

Hosted by Duende District Bookstore with The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary

Author Talk: Ana Castillo in conversation with Lupita Aquino

Multi-award winner Ana Castillo is a celebrated and distinguished poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. She has contributed to periodicals and on-line venues (Salon and Oxygen) and national magazines, including More and the Sunday New York Times. Castillo’s writings have been the subject of numerous scholarly investigations and publications.

 

Lupita Aquino--better known as Lupita Reads--is the co-founder and moderator for LIT on H St Book Club hosted at Solid State Books and is a passionate reader active in both the local and online book community through her Instagram blog- @Lupita.Reads. She is also a book curator for BESE media and a columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

Hosted by Duende District Bookstore with The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary

Author Talk: Rafia Zakaria in conversation with Ruby Hamad

 

Rafia Zakaria, author of AGAINST WHITE FEMINISM, in conversation with Ruby Hamad, author of WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS: HOW WHITE FEMINISM BETRAYS WOMEN OF COLOR.

Brought to you in partnership with Duende District.

Marisel Vera in conversation with Ivelisse Rodriguez  

Join us for an hour of celebration and conversation between Marisel Vera, The Taste of Sugar, & Ivelisse Rodriguez, Love War Stories, on love and language in writing Puerto Rico.

About The Taste of Sugar: Marisel Vera emerges as a major new voice in contemporary fiction with this "capacious" (The New Yorker) novel set in Puerto Rico on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Up in the mountainous region of Utuado, Vicente Vega and Valentina Sanchez labor to keep their coffee farm from the creditors. When the great San Ciriaco hurricane of 1899 brings devastating upheaval, the young couple is lured along with thousands of other puertorriquenos to the sugar plantations of Hawaii, where they are confronted by the hollowness of America's promises of prosperity. Depicting the roots of Puerto Rican alienation and exodus, which resonates especially today, The Taste of Sugar is "a gorgeous feat of storytelling" (Tayari Jones).

About Love War Stories: Puerto Rican girls are brought up to want one thing: true love. Yet they are raised by women whose lives are marked by broken promises, grief, and betrayal. While some believe that they'll be the ones to finally make it work, others swear not to repeat cycles of violence. This collection documents how these "love wars" break out across generations as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.

WHITE SPACE featuring Jennifer De Leon

in conversation with Lupita Aquino 

Jennifer De Leon is author of the Young Adult novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and the essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing. An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in dozens of literary journals such as Iowa Review, Brevity, Guernica, and more, and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. To learn more about her work, visit: www.jenniferdeleonauthor.com or follow her @jdeleonwriter.

Lupita Aquino--better known as Lupita Reads--is the co-founder and moderator for LIT on H St Book Club hosted at Solid State Books and is a passionate reader active in both the local and online book community through her Instagram blog- @Lupita.Reads. She is also a book curator fr BESE media and a columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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Every Day We Get More Illegal:

A Virtual Conversation with Vanessa Angélica Villarreal & former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

 

Hosted by Duende District in partnership with The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary

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Mining the Modern Gothic with Elisabeth Thomas, author of CATHERINE HOUSE

 

A conversation with Elisabeth Thomas, author of Catherine House, and Angela Marie Spring of Duende District Bookstore.

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Lit & Film, a discussion with authors

Steven Dunn and Olivia Abtahi

In our Denver Debuts In-conversation series:

Lit & Film, a discussion with Steven Dunn, author of Potted Meat, with debut Olivia Abtahi, author of the upcoming Perfectly Parvin. Watch to hear Steven chat about the  transformation of his words to screen with Olivia, a filmmaker whose storytelling crosses mediums.

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Denver Debuts In-Conversation:

Diana Khoi Nguyen & Deborah Jang

Join The Word and slant'd in a conversation with Diana Khoi Nguyen (Colorado Book Award winning author of Ghost Of) and debut Deborah Jang, author of Float True.

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Denver Debuts In-conversation:

Bobby LeFebre with debut author

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre chats with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández about his book Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants.

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