LCPW Hosts NMPW Communication Contest Workshop

NMPW 2021 Communications Contest Workshop

NMPW 2021 Communications Contest Workshop

The Las Cruces Press Women will host the NMPW Communication Contest workshop on Tuesday, December 8, 6–7pm. Contest chair Carolyn Carlson will give us the lowdown on eligibility, rules, categories, and awards.

Advanced registration is required to attend this Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

An LCPW Conversation with J. C. ‘Jen’ Cervantes

Dear LCPW members and friends, please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. for “An LCPW Conversation with J. C. ‘Jen’ Cervantes.” Jen is a New York Times best-selling children’s author of the Storm Runner series, a Mayan mythology trilogy for middle-grade readers.

Cervantes’s career has exploded since publishing her first children’s book, Tortilla Sun, in 2010. It won the New Mexico Press Women 2011 Zia Book Award and a New Mexico Book Award. She was invited to join the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, which is part of Disney-Hyperion Publishing Worldwide.

Jen’s next book was The Storm Runner, which follows Zane Obisbo, a middle schooler with a physical disability who discovers he has a connection to Mayan gods and the dormant volcano near his New Mexico home. The story is filled with magical creatures and characters who are all part of a fast-paced, action-packed adventure to prevent a war between the Mayan gods.

After making the New York Times and other best-seller lists such as Barnes and Noble Best Young Reader Books of 2018, The Storm Runner soon became a trilogy. Cervantes announced this year that The Storm Runner has been optioned as a television series by Apple. Up next, Cervantes has penned a young adult romance called Flirting with Fate.

The LCPW Conversation with Jen Cervantes will explore her journey from writing her first novel to being a full-time author of children’s books in the Latinx genre, the writing life, giving back to the community, and mentoring new authors through Las Musas.
The Zoom Conversation is free but registration is required.

“Give It a Name: Mental Health and the Writing Life”: A Las Cruces Press Women Conversation with Author Paul Pedroza

Join the Las Cruces Press Women for a conversation with author Paul Pedroza on “Give it a name: Mental health and the writing life” on Thursday, 15 Oct 2020 at 6 p.m.
The writing life is one of solitude and struggle, and for some writers who deal with mental illness, it can seem insurmountable. Author Paul Pedroza will discuss how identifying and naming mental health concerns informs authors’ work and opens avenues to successfully navigating the challenging paths towards publication and participating in literary culture. From cultivating a consistent writing practice through marketing and publicity, Paul will share his experiences with coping while working.

Paul Pedroza was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, is available from Veliz Books. He has completed his first novel, and he is currently working on a second and on a collection of essays.

His work has appeared in Rattle, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Palabra, BorderSenses, Confluencia, Inquiring Mind Buddhist Magazine, and in the following anthologies: Our Lost Border (Arte Público Press, 2013), New Border Voices (TAMU Press, 2014), and Mezcla 2 (Tumblewords, 2013).

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Lac Cruces Press Women Presents “Writing as Practice”

Las Cruces Press Women presents a workshop by Susan Tweit, award-winning author, teacher, and former host of KRWG-FM’s Wild Lives, on Friday, Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m. at St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces. From 5-6 p.m., Las Cruces Press Women will host a private reception for workshop participants only, and an open book signing will follow at 6 p.m.

Writing As Practice: Finding and Tending The Voice of Heart and Spirit
In a world where we’re in constant contact via cell phone, text, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and email, how can we tune in to the “small, still voice” of our own heart and spirit? In the constant busyness of work, family, and community obligations, where do we find the time and energy to tend our own writing? Join award-winning writer Susan J. Tweit for a half-day workshop based on her new memoir Walking Nature Home, hailed by reviewers as “lovely, brave, inspiring” and “one book you don’t want to end.” Tweit will share the tools she has learned in transforming the work that earns her living–books, magazine features, newspaper columns, radio commentaries, lectures–into work that also nurtures her heart. Come prepared to explore, be moved, and to write!

Tools: Pencil and paper, laptop, whatever you need to write.

The workshop is limited to 20 pre-paid participants. The cost is $30 for current Las Cruces Press Women members, $40 for nonmembers, and $45 for the workshop plus membership to LCPW. Please RSVP to Elaine Stachera at 646-2959 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Payment instructions will be given at the time of RSVP and payment must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 3.