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ONLINE: Tell Your Story: The Power of the Personal Essay

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Our life stories are a means for connection—a tender offering in a troubled era. Part reportage and part reflection, personal essays can reveal hidden truths about ourselves, our families, and our societies.

In this interactive and generative writing workshop, Kristen Millares Young will help participants tell their own stories. Available in English and Spanish, each hourlong session will begin with a one-page reading to inspire group discussion, followed by timed prompts that guide individual writing sessions. With plans for a bilingual statewide anthology focused on marginalized voices, Young invites participants to submit what they’ve written in response to her teaching. By weaving together community narratives, we can craft a vision for our future that includes hope and the capacity for unexpected change.

Cuenta Tu Historia: El Poder del Ensayo Personal

Nuestras historias de vida son un medio de conexión: una oferta tierna en una época convulsa. En parte reportaje y en parte reflexión, los ensayos personales pueden revelar verdades ocultas sobre nosotros mismos, nuestras familias y nuestras sociedades.

En este taller de escritura interactiva y generativa, Kristen Millares Young ayudará a los participantes a contar sus propias historias. Disponible en inglés y español, cada sesión de una hora comenzará con una lectura de una página para inspirar la discusión en grupo, seguida de indicaciones cronometradas que guían las sesiones de escritura individuales. Con planes para una antología estatal bilingüe centrada en las voces marginadas, Young invita a los participantes a enviar lo que han escrito en respuesta a su enseñanza. Al tejer las narrativas de la comunidad, podemos diseñar una visión para nuestro futuro que incluya la esperanza y la capacidad de cambios inesperados.

Kristen Millares Young (she/her) is a prize-winning journalist, essayist, and teacher. Named a Paris Review staff pick, her novel Subduction was a finalist for Foreword Indies Book of the Year and two International Latino Book Awards. The editor of Seismic and a former Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House, Young was the  New York Times researcher for “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer Prize.

Young lives in Seattle.

Kristen Millares Young (ella) es una ensayista, profesora y periodista premiada. Nombrada elegida por el personal de Paris Review, su novela Subduction fue finalista del Libro del Año de Foreword Indies y dos Premios Internacionales del Libro Latino. La editora de Seismic y una ex-escritora en residencia de Hugo House, Young fue el investigador del New York Times por “Snow Fall,” que ganó un premio Pulitzer.

Young vive en Seattle.

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