Crafting Persona: Creating Strong Voices for Historic Pieces

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Times: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
$65/$55 WLT/SCBWI Member

Leticia Urieta

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When crafting stories and narrative poems, creating compelling characters and voices is vital to bringing the reader into the story’s world.

Writing in the voice of a historical character can add an even bigger challenge to creating your character’s persona in ways that are authentic and emotionally true to the story you are endeavoring to tell.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • The challenges associated with writing personas with the added weight of historical realities or biographies.
  • Handling the dreaded exposition
  • How to write historical characters that are authentic and interesting.
  • Juggling historical settings, facts and dialogue with your original storytelling, and much more.

We will read poems and novel excerpts as mentor texts to show the range of possibilities when creating engaging personas. You will need a notebook or paper to take notes and respond to prompts and exercises, so be sure to come prepared to discuss your current projects and write!

Leticia Urieta is a proud Tejana writer from Austin, TX. She works as a teaching artist in the Austin community and as the program coordinator for Barrio Writers in Austin, a free college level youth writers workshop. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an MFA in Fiction writing from Texas State University. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Cleaver, Bearing the Mask: Persona Poems of the Southwest from Dos Gatos Press, Chicon Street Poets, BorderSenses, Lumina and many others. She has recently completed her first mixed genre collection of poetry and prose and is currently at work completing her novel that tells the story of a Mexican soldadera caught up in the march to Texas during Texas’ war with Mexico.

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