Detailed below are my services that are available to your organization through the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.   To the fee will be added applicable expenses for travel and lodging.  I will provide that information back to you after you complete the Request for Quotation.

You may select one or more activities, and those activities may be spread over time, and still be covered by the same application and grant.  Examples:  If you want to sponsor a creative writing series for all ages, you may select all four of the workshops and program them for each Saturday during a month.  Or, you many want a full day program and select a workshop for a morning and a reading for the afternoon.  You may complete one application for multiple services provided by the same Touring Roster Member.

Aliens, Beasts, Creatures:  The ABCs of Writing Imaginary Critters

In this workshop, popular fiction writer Sarah Cortez will lead participants in specific exercises making it—quick as a flash—to create imaginary critters for your fiction, particularly your speculative fiction.  This workshop is appropriate for all ages of writer. Requirements: an active imagination!

This workshop may be structured as a one-hour class (with a three-class minimum/maximum booking per day) or as a half-day (3 ½ hours) workshop for one group of students.

Handouts provided.

Fees range from $350/half-day school visit to $600/full-day school visit.

Half-day intensive writing workshop is $600; full-day intensive writing workshop is $800.

NOTE: the above fees do not include travel, per diem or accomodations.

 

Let’s Find a Poem!

Elementary to middle-grade students will enjoy a stroll with poet Sarah Cortez as they “find” a poem using descriptive adjectives and friendly nouns to create a “found” poem in one class meeting.

The presentation is just right for a 50-55 minutes class, with three-class minimum/maximum booking per day.

Handouts provided.

Fees range from $350/half-day school visit to $600/full-day school visit.

NOTE: the above fees do not include travel, per diem or accomodations.

 

The Power and Pizazz of Personal Story

Teacher Sarah Cortez leads workshop participants through the basics of writing those stories that “glimmer” in their memories— those special moments from a life’s journey that beg to be recorded in writing.  Learn to find the energy of the narrative and how to write those details that will make it leap off the page.

This presentation is appropriate for teen or adult students. No previous writing experience is necessary.

This is a half-day (3 ½ hours) or full-day (6 hours) workshop.

Handouts provided.

Fees are $600 for half-day writing workshop; $800 for full-day writing workshop.

NOTE: the above fees do not include travel, per diem or accomodations.

 

How to Begin Writing My Memoir?

Popular memoir teacher Sarah Cortez brings 15 years of experience teaching and editing memoir to answer the questions almost everyone asks: Where do I begin? Can I write someone else’s memoir? What happens when I remember an event differently than my sibling? How do I choose what to write about? What are the ethics of writing about family? How do I structure a book about my life?

These and many other questions are answered by Ms. Cortez.  Participants will leave with a plan in place for writing a book-length memoir plus an understanding of the basic narrative writing techniques to tell their stories.

This presentation is appropriate for teen or adult students. No previous writing experience is necessary.  This presentation may be structured as a half-day (3 ½ hours), or full-day (6 hours) workshop.

Handouts provided.

Fees are $600 for half-day writing workshop; $800 for full-day writing workshop.

 

Poetry Readings

Sarah Cortez is available for poetry readings from any of her three books of poetry, or her newest anthology celebrating Mexico of the late Twentieth century entitled Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Rememberance (Texas Review Press, 2014)Ms. Cortez will be delighted to work with the presenting organization to select poems appropriate to age levels and interests.

Fees range from $350/half-day visit to $600/full-day visit.

NOTE: the above fees do not include travel, per diem or accommodations.

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