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Great Valley Bookfest: Saturday, October 18. 10 am to 4 pm. Free!
The Great Valley Bookfest is a family-friendly festival that celebrates literacy and promotes the written word in the heart of California's Central Valley. Visitors will enjoy great food and beverages as they meet authors, savor cooking demos, attend live performances, and browse diverse vendor displays. More than thirty authors will speak on six different stages; self-publishing consultations and mini-workshops will be provided for teachers and aspiring writers . . . and it's free! For more information, visit http://greatvalleybookfest.org
San Joaquin Delta College Guest Speakers
Stockton, California, is the hometown of noted writers of literature Maxine Hong Kingston (prize-winning author of The Woman Warrior) and Leonard Gardner (author of Fat City). To encourage the growth of the literary community in the area, Delta College has welcomed a number of prominent figures to speak on campus. Maya Angelou (internationally acclaimed author), Janice Mirikitani (poet laureate of San Francisco), Jose Montoya (poet and co-founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force), Gary Soto (poet, novelist, and American Book award recipient), Victor Martinez (winner of the National Book Award), Victor Villasenor (best-selling author), Amy Smith (Jane Austen scholar),and Indigo Moor (award-winning writer). Recently, Juan Felipe Herrera (California Poet Laureate) spoke on campus at an event entitled "ZenRamflita." A number of these presentations have been arranged by the Cultural Awareness Program (CAP) on campus. In 2002, Delta College hosted the International Arthur Miller Conference at which a number of scholars in the field presented papers and discussed the works of this famous playwright. In 2012, the San Joaquin Writers' Workshop held various events on the Delta College campus, including a master writing class taught by Maxine Hong Kingston.
University of Pacific's Conference on Creative Writing
Near the end of June each year, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, presents keynote speakers such as bestselling author James Rollins plus a chance to talk to literary agents and publishers. Participants are offered a choice of various workshops covering all aspects and genres of creative writing, from brainstorming techniques to submitting work for publication, writing creative nonfiction articles for publication to writing children's books, murder mysteries, science fiction, and westerns. The conference is a collaboration of the Benerd School of Education, the Center for Professional & Continuing Education and the College of the Pacific's Department of English. For more information, go to http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Professional-and-Continuing-Education/Creative-Writing-Conference.html
San Joaquin Literacy Directory
The San Joaquin Literacy Directory is intended to provide families, social-service professionals, and educators with accurate and comprehensive information about literacy services in San Joaquin County. For a pdf version of the latest directory, click on the following link:sanjoaquin literacydirectory2014.pdf
Established in 2012, Joaquín, an English and Spanish bilingual publication, states as its mission: “to provide the Latino community of California’s Central Valley with an unbiased mirror of our society, to advocate civic duty and participation, to celebrate the successes and achievements of our peers, and to provide a tribune for emerging Latino leadership.” The magazine features topical articles on education, health, politics, environment, arts and culture, faith and literature. For more information, visit http://joaquinmag.com/index.html
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