Update: Chicana/Latina Studies Writing Workshops, July 2010

Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social will still hold Writing Workshops in July 2010 via web-conferencing.

To maintain the journal’s momentum and it’s vital status as the only interdisciplinary Chicano or Latino studies journal of a professional organization, the editors have decided to hold the Writing Workshops in virtual space or via telephone conferencing.

We encourage applications from writers at all professional levels, including tenured or mid-career professors. Facilitators are mid-career scholars with robust publication records and nearly a decade in editorial work.

Two Writing Workshops are offered this summer:
1) Creative Writing, a workshop facilitated by Dr. Tiffany Ana Lopez, editor of creative writing
2) Scholarly Article, a workshop by facilitator Dr. Karen Mary Davalos, former editor of Chicana/Latina Studies. Lead Editor, Josie Méndez-Negrete will join the virtual discuss during the second session.

Additional Information:  Send email inquiries to kdavalos@lmu.edu, if the following does not answer your questions.

Each workshop has space for 8 participants, who must be current members of MALCS.
Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The facilitators reserve the right to demonstrate preferential support to Arizona authors.

The Scholarly Article Writing Workshop has seven remaining spaces.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2010.  The deadline for submission of work-in-progress and cover letter is postmark June 23, 2010.  Electronic files must be received by June 23, 2010.

WHEN: Two two-hour sessions between July 21-23, 2010.
Participants in the Scholarly Article Writing Workshop should plan on scheduling two two-hour blocks of time at a computer terminal with Skype. Exact hours and dates tba. Our goal is to accommodate participants from multiple time zones.  Details to follow soon

Participants in the Creative Writing Workshop will schedule a phone conversation with Dr. Lopez.

WHY: It really works!  As the only flagship journal of interdisciplinary Chicano/a and Latina/o studies, the MALCS journal is vital to our professional health.

Past participants who have been published in the journal are: Dora Ramirez-Dhoor (5:1), Rosalia Solorzano Torres (5:1), Ann Marie Leimer (5:2), Patricia Trullijo (6:1), Carmelita “Rosie” Castañeda (7:2), Marivel  Danielson (7:2), and Rosa Furumoto (8:1/2).  Testimonios welcome on the MALCS Blog.

WHAT: Feminist collaboration!
The Writing Workshops are one of the Journal’s formal methods of creating a feminist editorial process. Following the spirit and mission of MALCS, the coeditors offer the workshops in order to energize through collaboration and institutionalize mentorship. Participants bring a work-in-progress, and after shared insights and discussion, they will depart with clear recommendations for meeting internal criteria of Chicana/Latina Studies, specific direction about revision, and first-hand knowledge about our feminist editorial process.

To create an intellectual community, prior to the workshop, participants must read and commented on the material of the other writers. Attending both sessions is required.

WHO: Anyone looking for mentorship and a desire to publish.  We encourage applications from writers at all professional levels, including tenured or mid-career professors.

FINE PRINT: Acknowledge the labor of others.  Although participation does not guarantee publication, the information and experience facilitates the submission and double-blind-peer review process. See above for our successes!

Participants will be asked to sign an agreement that guarantees the journal’s Right of First Review of the material developed through the workshop. The agreement allows authors to compensate participants and editors for their labor and guarantees that the author will formally submit the work to Chicana/Latina Studies for consideration of publication. It also requires the author to acknowledge the assistance of the participants if the work is published elsewhere.

Creative Writing Workshop

FACILITATOR: Dr. Tiffany Ana López
WHAT TO DO: Please submit no more than 6 poems or 2 fiction or testimonio pieces (maximum of 10 pages each).  You may submit your written work in Spanish, English, Spanglish, or any combination of languages generated by the diaspora and/or colonization processes (i.e. Quechua and Spanish, Nahuatl and English). All submissions should be typewritten (or computer generated) and double-spaced. 

HOW THE WORKSHOP WILL WORK: One-on-one sessions via telephone.
WHERE: Send documents to:

Tiffany Ana Lopez
Department of English
UC Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

EMAIL: Send electronic documents to Tiffany.lopez@ucr.edu. Use attachments in Word.
INCLUDE: A cover letter must include the name, current address, email, phone numbers, and the type of workshop to which the author is applying. At this time, send multiple copies of the work.

Scholarly Article Writing Workshop

FACILITATOR: Dr. Karen Mary Davalos
WHAT: Please submit a scholarly article of 5,000 words or 25 pages (not including tables, notes, or references). Due to the goals of the workshop, we cannot accept submissions of dissertation chapters.
HOW THE WORKSHOP WILL WORK: I am organizing a webconference via Skype. Check with your institution for access to Skype. If you are not at an institution, contact me for further instructions.
SEND: one copy of the article to:

Dr. Karen Mary Davalos
Chicana/o Studies Dept.
Loyola Marymount University, Ste 4400
One LMU Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

EMAIL: One electronic file via email in a Word document to kdavalos@lmu.edu
All submissions should be typewritten (or computer generated) and double-spaced.
INCLUDE: A cover letter must include the name, current address, email, phone numbers and the type of workshop to which the author is applying.
Karen Mary Davalos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Chicana/o Studies Dept.
Loyola Marymount University
University Hall, Suite 4400
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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