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First two weekends of October:

October 5, 6 and October 12, 13

9am to 1pm Pacific Time

Applications open by June 1st.

Questions? Please email either or

Midweek Presentation Open to Public
Wednesday October 9, 2024 7pm PST


Internationally renowned poet Matt Sedillo will present on Writer Hustle,: how to promote your work and survive as a writer.

Fall Workshop Presentations

Presentations will happen for one hour before each class and will be addressed and engage all workshop participants. Fall presentations will be given by Scott Russell Duncan (on addressing our community), Dr. Ernesto Mireles (on writing the Chicanx condition), Dr. Juan G. Berumen (on Indigenous Identity), and E.G. Conde (Indigenous Futurisms).

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Fall 2024 Instructors

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Rios de la Luz, Juan G. Berumen, Ernesto Mireles, Diosa Xochiquetzalcóatl, Pedro Iniguez, Estella Gonzalez, & Sonia Gutiérrez.

Fall 2024 Classes Offered

October 5, 6 and October 12, 13

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This generative writing workshop will primarily focus on creative nonfiction to create mythos based on your lived experiences. Prompts will focus on writing from body memories and exploring liminal spaces that sit in the portals of your imagination. We will build from there.


This workshop focuses on YOU.
Your origin story.
Your roots.

The characters you bring to life.
Your call to be a storyteller.


This intensive poetry workshop presents the whole enchilada of writing like the "best" Chicana poets, according to Indigenous New Mexican Chicana poet & literary critic, Prof. Cordelia Candelaria. Divided into the 4 phases of the Creative/Critical Process (GENeration/ SELection/ RE-Vision/ CRITical Evaluation) each session will introduce and explore Candelaria's four "I/ eye/ ¡ay!/ hay"s of a "good" Chicana poem. Focus will be on our work. All levels. Simon que sí es bilingual. (You need not be.) Be prepared to write. Be Brave. Be Real. Be Critical. Be There. Anywhere. ¿Y qué?


If you were to journey through the borderlands, what stories would you encounter? Would they be of curanderas driving lowriding hovercrafts exorcising those possessed by The Curse of El Mal Ojo? 


For our gente, speculative fiction allows us the freedom to tell similar stories unfiltered without fearing the straitjacket while also envisioning wildly new worlds and possibilities


Insurgent Aztlan and Resistance Writing

with Dr. Ernesto Mireles

Join me for an immersive writing workshop where you'll delve into the politically pertinent realm of Resistance Writing. Over the course of these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your writing skills, gain insights into resistance literature, and explore the profound impact of your words in opposing settler colonialism.


The workshop is designed for writers aiming to refine their craft through a fusion of theory and practice. To kick-start the journey, participants are invited to submit a short piece of writing, ranging from 500 to 1000 words, which will serve as the foundation for collaborative peer reviews and targeted improvement.


As a special treat, each participant will receive a pdf copy of my book "Insurgent AZTLAN" , which will serve as a guide and a source of inspiration throughout the workshop.


Celestial Communication: Multidimensional Writers (Class is conducted in Spanish)
with Diosa Xochiquetzalcóatl


Through a guided meditation, participants will learn how to open up and clear their chakras, or totonalcayos in the school of Nahualismo. We will pay special attention to the throat chakra, the energy center responsible for communication. Once the totonalcayos have been aligned, attendees will learn how to connect to the divine feminine, unlocking the fundamental energy of creation and creativity. By opening the heart and clearing the mind, participants will be able to travel through an array of worlds filled with visions and vibrant colors all with the underlying purpose of documenting these experiences, the starting point for creating unique and personalized, multidimensional writings.


Description: This generative workshop will delve into Horror Fiction as a vehicle for social and political critique from a Chicanx perspective. Within the scope of dark fiction and its subgenres as allegory, we will explore the terrors and injustices that haunt us as a society and a people. We will utilize writing prompts, brainstorming, and a myriad of tools to kickstart our writing journey with the intention of creating a new short horror story by the end of the workshop. Q&A/Discussion at the end of every class.


1) Understanding how horror fiction can speak to social issues through metaphor and allegory.

2) Short Story from conception to completion. 2-3k Words.

3) Finding resources and markets to help you on your publishing endeavors.

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This workshop will focus on helping Chicanx writers immerse themselves in their fiction and use their life experiences and cultural touchstones to find their voices. Through journal entries, generative prompts, and presentations on effective fiction technique such as robust points of view for strong storytelling, Chicanx writers will explore the literary possibilities for their prose. The final session will focus on constructive peer/group review, finding supportive publishers and sustaining a Chicanx writing community to “voice” (publish and peer-review) their fiction.

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