Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc.


Voces Writers Workshops - 2017 Schedule (OCCA reserves the right to reschedule workshops as needed).  All workshops will be held at the Dallas Latino Cultural Center, 11am to 1pm, except for November 18 (Time & Place TBA)

September 23  -  Program Overview and registration

September 30  -  Deadline to register

September 30 -  Workshop 1

Presenter: Maribel Rubio, author

Maribel is a Chicanx writer and social justice activist. Born in El Paso Texas, she is a first-generation Mexican-American. She received a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of Texas at El Paso. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore nature through hiking and camping. Usually, Maribel is accompanied by her dog, Marvels. In addition to having a short story and a poem published in the book, Stuff I Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame, Maribel is currently working on her second novel.

October 14  -  Workshop 2

Presenter: Virginia Alanis, author
Topic: Story Structure Workshop
Starting from a well-structured story outline makes the writing process go more quickly and effectively. Walk in with a notebook and a pen and leave with a bulletproof outline to take home and start writing your story.

October 21  -  Workshop 3

Presenter: Sylvana Flores Avila, writer

Topic: How to write a Calavera

A calavera can be a fun and daring adventure when specific elements are included.  The workshop will include a reading of published calaveras and a presentation of Jose Posada's famous calavera sketches and other photographs.

November 11  -  Workshop 4

Presenter: Patricia Urbina, Playwright

Topic: TBA

November 18  -  Workshop 5, Presenter: Josue Gabriel de Montemayor, Time & Place TBA

November 30  -  Submission Deadline

December 1 -29  -  Editing - writers meet with the editor individually or as a group TBA

January 6  -  Planning the Reading & Book Release event

January 13  -  Reading & Book Release, Latino Cultural Center, Theater, 6pm to 8pm

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VOCES Chapbook & Writers Workshops

The purpose of Voces Chapbook & Writers Workshops is to promote writing and the publishing of new works by raza writers.

OCCA will offer writers workshops and publish one anthology chapbook of new works by the participating writers.  OCCA will also publish one chapbook per writer.

What is a chapbook?  It is a “self” published book (not by a publishing company or a small press) of poems, essays, short stories, and vignettes written by local and regional writers. However, nowadays, publishing your own book has come a long way.  There are many digital publishing companies, as well as small publishing companies that print the “traditional” chapbook style (small 8” X 5.5” with a stitch binding).