R164. 20 Things You Need to Know About Starting a Writers Group & 10 Things You Need to Know If You're Already in One!

Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Can a writing group fulfill its mission to foster and support writers while responding to community needs for mentors, advocates, and role-models? The Latino Writers Collective will explore the balance between artist and administrator. Learn how we developed our Página reading series, educational programs for at-risk and migrant youth, our in-school and after school programs, and how we created a press, all with no paid staff. Get tips and tools for success. Learn how to avoid the diva syndrome.



Miguel M Morales, a former migrant farmwoker, is a Latino Writers Collective board member, a founding member of Fabulous Queer Writers, and a Lambda Literary Fellow. His work is featured in Primera Página, Cuentos del Centro, From Macho to Mariposa, and Joto: An Anthology of Queer & Chicano Poetry.

José Faus is a Kansas City, Missouri, resident, writer, and visual artist. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and president of the board of the Writers Place. He is also a youth advocate and community worker.

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a painter/artist/writer and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City Missouri. Her work is published in Primera Pagina, Cuentos Del Centro, Everyday Other Things, Salit magazine, America Now, and Here Kansas City Renga.

Gabriela Ybarra Lemmons's work appears in Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Cuentos: Stories from the Latino Heartland, and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the US/Mexico Border. She is a co-founder and current president of the LWC.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center