F161. Writing Beyond Borders: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Multilingual Writing

D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


How do we engage all our students’ linguistic selves? In Miami, we are developing a community of practice to deepen multilingual creative writing pedagogy. This panel begins with a few exercises and a brief history (and justification) of multilingualism in the workshop before exploring specific pedagogical practices including the use of language portraits, spoken-word videos, and assorted writing prompts and activities.



Ana Menéndez is the author of four books of fiction: In Cuba I Was a German ShepherdLoving CheThe Last War, and Adios, Happy Homeland! A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she has worked as a teacher and reporter in the US and abroad. She is now a program director at FIU in Miami.

Mia Leonin has published a memoir and four collections of poetry, most recently, Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child, an illustrated, book-length poem. Her poems appears in numerous journals such as New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and Guernica. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.

Sandra M. Castillo is a Cuban American writer whose work explores issues of memory, history, gender, and language, reflecting a personal vision tied primarily by history. She teaches at Miami Dade College.


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