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Las Comadres Para Las Americas is a network of Latinas from around the world connecting to “engage in dialogues about education, employment, culture, and resources.” Founder and CEO, Nora de Hoyos Comstock has taken an informal gathering of Latinas to an international network whose mission is to “connect and empower Latinas everywhere through community building/networking, culture, learning, and technology.” Visit Las Comadres website to learn more about its events, workshops, educational and book series, as well as public policy and civic engagement training programs.

I am a part of this network and have made long-lasting friendships, have made professional partnerships, have participated in its public policy and civic engagement training programs, and continue to be a member of its national Latino book club. It is a worthy and valuable network worth the time, energy, volunteer opportunity and financial support. Take a look!


Las Comadres Para Las Americas, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College, CUNY: National Black Writers Conference, the Center for Black Literature, the Foreign Language Department and the Latino American Association present the Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference 2012.

The Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference, which will take place at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York on October 6, 2012, will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino writers. In addition, the CCWC will offer an insider’s perspective on how best to navigate the particular challenges and opportunities faced by Latino writers in the current publishing landscape, as well as foster a vibrant national community of writers akin to what Las Comadres has already created with its Las Comadres international network and its Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Teleconference Series.

Time: 8:00 am to 6 pm
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Place: Medgar Evers College
The City University of New York
1650 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11225
Building/Room(s)
Register: Click here to register as Attendee, Vendor, and/or for deadlines to register
Sponsorships/Ad Requests: Click here for information
Hotel/Room Registration: Click here for information

 

Registration to Conference and Panels

$125 for registrations on August 1 through October 5
$150 for registrations on October 6
No refunds after August 1
Payment can be made via PayPal or check.


How to Prepare for a Writers Conference

Bring business cards. If you don’t have business cards, you can create your own using templates such as those offered by Avery.

Wear layers. Autumn weather in New York can vary, as can the temperature indoors vs. outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

Pack a writing pad and pens. Our speakers will be sharing much wisdom, and you’ll want to jot it all down.

Create a plan. Carefully read the program, determine which panels offer the information you seek and/or the speakers you want to meet, and schedule your day accordingly. Click here for the program.

Know who you want to know. Read the bios of each speaker to see whose experience and expertise is a good fit for you. An editor who specializes in science fiction may not be the best person to pitch if your book is a literary memoir. Click here for the speaker bios.

Prepare your pitch. If an agent or editor asks you to describe your work, you want to be able to do so concisely and confidently. Practice in front of a mirror and/or with an honest friend. Strive to pitch your book in a single sentence, in thirty seconds or less.

Collect business cards. The conference is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with a dynamic community of like-minded people. Ask for the cards of everyone you meet, offer your own, and stay in touch because connections create opportunity.


Volunteers 

We are seeking hard-working, detail-oriented volunteers to provide service with a smile. Event planning experience a plus. In return for your time, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with the leading agents, editors, and authors in Latino publishing. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out and submit a volunteer form by clicking here.

Vendors

Individuals and/or organizations offering a product or service of interest to Latino writers are welcome.
Click here to register as Vendor.