Published On: Fri, Feb 4th, 2011

NYC Creative Arts: Writing Our Lives Workshop

Blankcanvass In the backdrop of the controversial ban on ethnic studies, textbook wars and immigration legislation occurring in the American Southwest, we must use these circumstances to inspire and empower ourselves as Latinos/people of color. It's time we put our stories down and write ourselves into the fabric of this nation.

Through such techniques as mind mapping, voice development exercises, and interactive lessons on character development, plot, and dialogue structure, Vanessa will work with writers to start and/or complete a short story, essay, memoir, or novel. There will be daily and weekly assignments. The writers will also be given the opportunity to contribute to an anthology. This will be discussed further in class.



The class is being capped at 13 students.



Dates: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3

(This a six week course that meets once a week for three hours)


Times: 3pm to 6pm


Location: Hunter College


Cost: $300 includes 18 hours of instruction and two one-on-ones with the workshop facilitator. To reserve your spot, 1/2 of the tuition is due asap (email V for payment specifics). Full payment is due no later than February 21st. Once full payment is received, workshop participants will receive the syllabus, etc. 

Scholarship Info: There are three need-based scholarships available. To apply, send a letter explaining your financial need for the scholarship–i.e. unemployed, underemployed, etc. Also explain why you think you need this workshop, what you expect to gain from it, and why you think you are deserving of the scholarship beyond your financial need. Send the letter no later than 2/12 to: with "Writing Our Lives Workshop" in the subject line. The scholarship decisions will be made no later than 2/18/2011. 

Interested parties should contact Vanessa Martir via Facebook or at

Vm About the facilitator: A graduate of Columbia University, Vanessa Martir is a writer, educator, speaker and seasoned workshop facilitator. Her first novel,Woman's Cry, was published in 2007, and she is currently shopping her second,To Play Right. Vanessa most recently co-wrote Do Something!: A Handbook for Young Activists, an interactive workbook that gives young people all the tools they need to change the world. She is currently working on her first memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and a one woman show, Millie's Girl. Known as La Loba in the literary scene, Vanessa performs regularly and curates the La Loba Poetry Series. Last year, Vanessa resigned from her full-time editing position to live her dream of being a freelance writer, performer and teaching artist.


Photo Credit: Sandra Guzman 

NYC Creative Arts: Writing Our Lives Workshop