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Strange Family Stories: An Adult Picture Book Writing Class with Xavier Garza

August 2, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Wednesdays, Aug 2, 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30pm CST, Hybrid (via Zoom and in-person at Gemini Ink)
Instructor: Xavier Garza
Nonmember: $140; Member: $120; Student/Vet/Mil $75




La Llorona, the Chupacabra, the Haunted Train Tracks of San Antonio, the power of the all healing Huevo, or that crazy story about a relative who had a close encounter of the mysterious kind. We all have strange stories that have been passed down, and this workshop is a chance to memorialize one story for future generations. What better way to bring this story to life than a picture book for adults? 

In this three-week class, students will draw from their family stories, popular folklore, superstitions, and creepy creature legends to create their own picture book for adults. Participants will take these entertaining stories, divide them into sections, align the story with drawings and other media, and create a memento to pass down. The class will also touch on bookbinding and publishing. 

This course is open to adult writers of all skill levels. Workshop materials will be provided for those who take the class in person. For those joining online, a suggested materials list will be provided. 

Students will leave this workshop with:

  • A new type of storytelling that balances images and words
  • An understanding of picture book formats and rules
  • A picture book in progress that can be completed at home
  • Ideas on bookbinding and publishing

Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona, and the state of Washington. He has received such recognitions as the Pura Belpre Honor book and the Libro de las Americas Honor book awards. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of numerous books.

Parking at Gemini Ink

Gemini Ink offers free parking along the back wall of our downtown offices. Please access this parking lot from Augusta St and first park in any of the 12 spots along the back wall. Only when these 12 spots are full do we ask that you park elsewhere in our lot. We now rent our offices from UTSA and are collaborating with them to create a secure and accessible parking lot for our community of writers and readers.


August 2, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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Gemini Ink
1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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