Webinars & Workshops 

 Writing an Identity Not Your Own

Presenter: Alex Temblador

 Four Weeks
October 3-28, 2002


As authors, we often hear, “Write what you know.” But our stories may include many characters who are not just like ourselves. In this October workshop, award-winning author Alex Temblador will address the challenges of portraying characters from historically marginalized racial and ethnic identities. Topics will include unconscious bias, conscious character building, skin tones, preferred terms of identity, stereotypes and cliches, writing discrimination scenes, dialogue and identity, intersectionalism, and much more.  Through self-reflection, participants will face their own biases and learn tools for portraying characters with diverse ethnic or racial identities. 

 Alex Temblador is the Mixed Latinx award-winning author of Secrets of the Casa Rosada and Half Outlaw. She has received such accolades as the 2019 NACCS Tejas Foco Young Adult Fiction Award, MG/YA Discovery Prize Winner of the Writers League of Texas Book Awards 2018, the Texas Library Association’s TAYSHA’s list, and Kirkus Reviews’ Best of YA Books 2018. Her work has appeared in literary magazines like PALABRITAS and Colorado Review, as well as two anthologies, Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology. In addition to being the founder of LitTalk, an author panel series in Dallas, Texas, Alex has taught creative writing courses with the Writer's League of Texas, WritingWorkshops.com, The Writer's Garrett, the San Gabriel Writer's League, among others. Alex has been on numerous panels at conferences, spoken at high schools and universities, and was even the keynote speaker at the 2021 Abydos Literacy Conference. The Dallas-based author is also an award-winning journalist with publications in National Geographic, Outside, Travel + Leisure, Texas Monthly, among many others.


This four week workshop will be conducted in live classes each Monday night, beginning at 8pm Eastern time, and through the WFWA Forum. Live classes will include writing exercises during the class. Homework assignments will be posted for discussion throughout the week. Live sessions will be recorded and available to those who cannot attend a session.

Registration period:  September 5-26.   

Class limited to 40 participants

Fee:  $80




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