Upcoming Appearances

January 19, 2019
Luncheon speaker
10:00 am - noon
American Assn. of University Women
West Harris County Branch
Tracey Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Dr., Houston, TX. 77042

October 17, 2018
Writing workshop
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce.  
"Jump Start Your Memoir,"
Details to follow.

September 12, 2018
"Celebrating National Policewomen's Day"
Join us at Bookwoman in Austin TX - with special guest, Officer Susana Sanchez of the Austin Police Department.
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751

September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 2018
Women's Institute of Houston
"Let's Write: A Creative Writing Workshop"
10:00 am - noon.

August 11, 2018
Reading and signing at
Covenant Church
4949 Caroline Street,
Houston, TX, 77004
10:00 AM

August 6, 2018
Rotary Club of Cypress Fairbank
Carl’s Barbecue, 21920 Highway 290,
Cypress, TX 77429
Noon to 1:00 PM

July 31, 2018
Rotary of Cinco Ranch,
Breakfast Meeting
SAVING POLICE LIVES
23030 Cinco Ranch,
Katy, TX 77450

July 25, 2018
Rotary of Pasadena South
Lunch meeting, noon - 1:30
SAVING POLICE LIVES
5824 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, TX.

June 26, 2018
Keynote speaker, Young Catholic Professionals
St. Thomas More Servant Hall
10330 Hillcroft, Houston, 77096
Event begins at 5:30 pm with Mass.

June 15 - 17, 2018
Alabama Writers' Conclave
Orange Beach, FL.
Registration required

June 7, 2018
Rotary Club of Bear Creek-Copperfield
Spring Creek BBQ, 5935 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77084
Noon to 1:00 PM

June 6, 2018
Rotary Club of Dickinson
First United Methodist Church,
200 FM 517 West, Dickinson, TX.
Noon to 1:00 PM

June 1 - 2, 2018
Public Safety Conference
Duck, North Carolina

May 19, 2018
Book Launch
Tired, Hungry, Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours: Essential Cop Essays (Texas Review Press, 2018)
River Oaks Book Store
3270 Westheimer, Houston, 77019
3:00 - 5:00 pm

May 5, 2018
WriteFest, presented by the Houston Writers' Guild and WriteSpace.  Click here for my presentation details.
About Writefest

April 28, 2018  9:00 - noon
Poetry & Creativity Workshop sponsored by WILVA, Houston, TX.  Registration and payment required. 

April 25, 2018
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Annual Leadership Conference
Click here for information.
Location: Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston (downtown)
Presenting: Women in Law Enforcement and signing copies of HUNGRY, TIRED, STANDING IN ONE SPOT FOR TWELVE HOURS: ESSENTIAL COP ESSAYS

April 14, 2018  1:00 - 4:00 PM
Poetry Panel & Workshop, Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities, at A Second Cup Coffeeshop, 1035 East 11th St, Houston, TX,

March 9 - 11, 2018
Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson AZ

December 6 - 10, 2017
Words and Music Fest, New Orleans, LA

December 5, 2017
Poetry Reading, Lorelei Bookstore, Vicksburg MS

November 7, 2017
First of a six part series
Woman's Institute of Houston

November 3, 2017
Dobie Dichos, Oakville, TX

October 26-29, 2017
Women Writing in the West, Tucson AZ

October 10, 2017
Poetry reading, Sul Ross State University

October 6 - 8, 2017
Waco Word Fest, Waco TX

September 14, 2017
Poetry Reading, Bookwoman, 1501 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

July 20 - 21, 2017
Region 14 Education Service Center,  Teaching Poetry, Literacy Conference and Write for Texas. Elementary and Secondary students, Abilene, TX

June 24 - 25, 2017
Press Women of Texas, Award Ceremony, for VANISHING POINTS, First Prize for Editing to Sarah Cortez, 2016.

June 6 - 10, 2017
22nd Annual West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC), in West Chester, PA.

WCUPC is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. It is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry. As critic Carlin Romano noted, it is "the nation's most intellectually rigorous conference for poets." (Philadelphia Inquirer).

For additional information, including registration, please visit https://www.wcupa.edu/…/sch_cas/poetry/poetryConference.aspx

May 13, 2017
The OKC Litfest, Oklahoma City Downtown Library
Featured reader

April 28, 2017
Houston Writer's Guild
Presentation

April 5, 2017
Bayou City Book Festival,
Lone Star College-North Harris
2700 W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
6:00 p.m.
Participating in Libros En Espanol 

January 8th, 2017
Reading and Book Signing with Wendy Barker,
The Twig in San Antonio
3:00 p.m.

December 17, 2016
Kroger Store
I-10 at Echo Lane
Houston, TX 77024
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 16, 2016
Kroger Store
Voss at San Felipe
Houston, TX 77057
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

December 10, 2016
Kroger Store
West Gray at Woodhead
Houston, TX 77057
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

December 9, 2016
Kroger Store
North Shepherd at 11th
Houston, TX 77008
4:00 - 6:00 pm

December 8, 2016
Annual Emily Dickenson Birthday Party
Lone Star College-Montgomery.  
Poetry Reading open to the public at the Black Walnut Café
5:30 pm

December 6, 2016
Teacher workshops for TCA
Houston, Texas.

December 4, 2016
St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Holy Rosary Parish
3617 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 3, 2016
Texas Humanities Holiday Book Fair
1410 Rio Grande, Austin, TX
featuring VANISHING POINTS.

November 19, 2017
Launch of Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of
Texas Roadside Memorials
(Texas Review Press, 2016) 
River Oaks Book Store
3270 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77098
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 14, 2016
University of Houston Newman Center
4805 Calhoun Rd., Houston
Speaking on the influence of my Catholic faith on my writing.

September 22, 2016, 7:30 pm
Rice University Newman Center
1703 Bolsover, Houston
Speaking on the influence of my Catholic faith on my writing.

September 17, 2016
Mansfield ISD, Mansfield Book Festival
1110 Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX 76063
Writing workshops for teens.

September 12, 2016
Brenham Citizens Police Academy
Brenham Police Department
Brenham, Texas
Presentation, book signing. 

September 9, 2016
Landon Festival of the Arts
Granbury, TX
Panel and Reading, Vanishing Points

August 10, 2016
LaPorte Police Department
Leadership Workshop for LEOs and Supervisors
Registration required  
Commissioned personnel only.

July 9th, 2016
East Texas Writers Guild Annual Writers' Conference,
First Presbyterian Church of Tyler
230 Rusk St, Tyler, TX  
"You Said WHAT??!! How to Avoid the Most Common Errors in Writing Dialogue"
Registration required.

June 8 - 11, 2016
Sarah Cortez will lead a three-day workshop titled, If the Form Fits… at the 21st Annual West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC), June 8 – 11, 2016 in West Chester, PA.

WCUPC is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. It is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry. As critic Carlin Romano noted, it is "the nation's most intellectually rigorous conference for poets." (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Sarah’s workshop will examine the riches of poetic forms while focusing attention to become further attuned to the nuances of subtext, mood and tone that are intrinsic to each form. Expect to sharpen your understanding of when and why to use the forms we’ll examine in depth: the pantoum, the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina.

For additional information, including registration, please visit https://www.wcupa.edu/…/sch_cas/poetry/poetryConference.aspx

Saturday, July 9, 2016
East Texas Writers Guild Annual Writers' Conference
Sarah Cortez will be teaching a session titled, You Said What?--How to Avoid the Most Common Errors in Writing Dialogue.
http://etwritersguild.org/workshop/2016-writers-conference/
First Presbyterian Church of Tyler
230 Rusk St., Tyler, TX
Registration required.

 

Call me at (713) 331-9342, or email me by clicking here. Thanks.


If you are interested in my speaking services on behalf of a Texas school, library or nonprofit organization, please click here for the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster (TCA) information, and apply for an Arts Respond Performance Support grant.  You may save up to 50% on my fees. 
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A Message from Sarah

It is a delight to interact with people of all ages, beliefs, and aspirations. My childhood was one of belief in everyone's ability to achieve what he/she wished. It's my privilege to pass along that attitude by sharing my personal journey. I'm pleased to offer some comments regarding my speaking and its impact. Following these comments are some suggested topics for college, university and adult audiences. I can also craft a speech to directly address your needs.

Please use the Contact Me form to obtain further details and fee schedule.

Comments from various engagements:

Sarah Cortez graced our campus to speak with our young girls during the ‘Girl Talk’ forum. In a world filled with technology and fast-paced trends, Mrs. Cortez was able to illustrate the art of writing by tapping into our underutilized imagination and personal interests. Mrs. Cortez captured the attention of girls from multicultural backgrounds and various age groups. Her life’s work speaks for itself but her time with our at risk youth spoke volumes about her character. Thank you for unlocking our treasure box that lies within us all.
— Ms. Kim A. Littles, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Yes Prep Public Schools
‘Delightful, honest, sharing, informative. Wonderful, accessible personality with valuable insights graciously expressed.’

’Wonderful warmth and generosity of spirit.’ Engaged and passionate about the writing profession.’

’Sarah Cortez was the gem of the conference for me…Each day she was approachable, enthusiastic, and highly encouraging to every one of us at the conference…willing to share her own experiences and offer writing and career advice.’
— Feedback from students at the Pima Writers Workshop
Thank you for your reading at the University of Houston-Downtown this Thursday. Being exposed to your deeply moving work was a great opportunity for our students, as was the opportunity to interact with you.I am deep into Cold Blue Steel as I write this—as I’m sure our students are in the books that they took away with them.It was a wonderfully engaging presentation, and a memorable event.
— Dr. Dr. Sucheta Choudhuri, Assistant Professor English, University of Houston - Downtown
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Suggested speaking topics

Title:  Let’s Write a Mystery

Description:  Initial explanation and examples of the mystery story’s basic elements will allow students to write a short mystery of their very own during class.  Since debuted for the National Council of Teachers of English, this has been one of Ms. Cortez’s most popular school-visit requests.  This workshop is appropriate for middle-grade through high school students, and adult learners.

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • High school and university writing classes

  • Retreats

Title:  ABCs of Writing Aliens, Beasts, 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 fiction, particularly fantasy fiction.  This workshop is appropriate for all ages of writer. Requirements: an active imagination!

Suitable for

  • Middle school and high school students

  • Adults with writing aspirations

  • Teen retreat

 Sarah with students at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Sarah with students at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Your Life, Your Story:  Evoking Memory to Create Narrative and History

Featured Book: Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Arte Publico Press, 2007)

Who is to say which one of us will become a part of recorded history in our professional or creative lives?  Western history abounds with examples of men and women whose history has been preserved and published, and those for whom it hasn’t.  Each of us has an indelible presence in the personal, quieter histories of our families, neighborhoods, and friends.  Yet, for an individual’s sense of empowerment and self-identity, the most important history is self-history, that unique, imagined, internal narrative that we all unconsciously create and/or fulfill.  Explore the potentials of consciously choosing the narratives of one’s own self-meaning.

Suitable for

  • High school and university writing classes

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

The speech is about 30 minutes in length follow by 15 minutes of selected reading from the featured book.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

 Latino Career Day

Latino Career Day

Call me at (713) 331-9342, or email me by clicking here. Thanks.