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The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. In 2020, AWP takes place in San Antonio, TX, to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
Join us for an evening with Gemini Ink, Porter House Review, Bat City Review, and the Writers' League of Texas.
With a spotlight on the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros, Gemini Ink presents a literary history that is uniquely San Antonio. This reading features groundbreaking multicultural, Latinx voices who have made significant contributions to contemporary letters. “Multi-instrumentalists” at heart, these Macondistas have produced genre-bending works, and, like the alebrijes of Mexican folk art tradition, walk between worlds of arts, activism, and academia to promote compassion.
In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to establish a poet laureate program. This panel and reading will convene four award-winning San Antonio poets laureate to discuss the unique platform the laureateship offered them for impactful community outreach, their goals as poet laureate, the challenges and breakthroughs they experienced in engaging poetry in public spaces, and their continued literary activism in the community after their term. Each poet will also read one poem.
As writers, we create a story’s world by playing with and distorting reality but also by staying closely within its boundaries and following its rules. If you’re writing realistic fiction, it’s a tricky but important concept to master as the basis of every successful story. In this workshop, we'll examine the importance of creating believable and immersive worlds that hook readers from the start and keep them coming back for more.
This peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of each month, is open to writers of all levels. Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez and Robert Allen.
Each of us has a literary DNA, the writing voice which is distinctly our own. The personal essay may be the best form to discover that voice. This workshop is designed for those who don’t think of themselves as writers and who know that they are. Readings and writing exercises will help them find those voices which we all need to hear.
In this generative online workshop, we'll use maps and lists to locate and explore significant spaces in our lives and generate poems that touch on keystone experiences, buried fears, significant memories, and create space for growth. We'll look at how other writers have used the process of mapping to locate and trace their place in the world and create memorable works of personal experience and imagination.
The best poems give off a sense of effortlessness, but we know that great poetry takes time and revision. This workshop covers specific strategies for revising at the level of word, line, and whole poem. Work by Ocean Vuong, Anne Sexton, and others will illustrate enjambment, concrete images, and other elements that make poetry sing. Participants will generate new work but should bring drafts of three different poems to practice some of these strategies.