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Writing for the Urgent American Now, A Workshop with John Phillip Santos

August 8, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+5


Saturdays, August 8 & 15, 11am-1pm, Online via Zoom
Cost: $125 Non-members, $105 Members, $75 Student

Writers of all genres, welcome! Create works that foster new visions of the individual and the collective in society. The present moment calls out for prophetic voices to see beyond the quandary presented by the microbial insurgency of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the laying bare of a host of legacies of inequality and injustice that society is now reckoning with. What kind of world do we imagine coming out of this American Now? What role can writers play in making that happen? We’ll explore writing techniques and practices across genres that create work to spark the possibility of great social change. We’ll develop techniques for finding and refining your insurgent voice, allowing it then to tell the story that only you can tell, advancing your vision of the way forward. After our initial introductory meeting and discussion, each participant will develop a new work that the group will engage in a workshop dialogue in our final session.

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John Phillip Santos is a writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas.  His two memoirs, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation (a National Book Award Finalist) and The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, together tell the ancestral stories of his mother and father’s families, an American origin story of the centuries-long migrations that emerged out of Spain, Mexico, and the lands that became South Texas. His book of poems is Songs Older Than Any Known Singer. As an Emmy-nominated television producer, he has produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries and news programs on cultural themes in sixteen countries for CBS and PBS. His journalism and commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Monthly and other publications in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. Since 2010, he has been University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, teaching in the Honors College at the University of Texas-San Antonio. In 2017, he was awarded the Texas Medal for the Arts in Literature.


August 8, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+5
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