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"Writing an Identity Not Your Own" ONLINE with Alex Temblador

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6/24/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Do you have the tools to write a character whose identity is different than your own?  

In this three-hour class, Mixed Latinx author Alex Temblador will discuss one of the most contentious topics in creative writing: crafting a character whose identity is not your own. In addition to covering the history and state of diversity in publishing, she will offer concrete advice as to how a writer might approach writing main, secondary, and tertiary characters who are people of color, LGBTQIA+, peoples with disabilities, etc. This class will highlight the self-awareness and self-reflection required of writers who wish to write characters of differing identities, as it is through facing one's own bias and sitting in discomfort that writers may create authentic and realistic characters.

This class is open to writers of fiction (novels and short stories), graphic novels, or any creative genre in which you must develop a 'narrative voice.'


  • You write novels, short stories, or any form of creative writing in which you develop characters.
  • You want to know how to write authentic and realistic characters with identities other than your own. 
  • You want to avoid the pitfalls that come with writing characters who have different perspectives and experiences. 


Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Casa Rosada. Her book has won such awards as Kirkus' Best of YA Books 2018 and the 2018 Writer's League of Texas' MG/YA Discovery Prize, while her creative work has appeared in PALABRITAS and upcoming Latinx anthologies. In addition to being a creative writing instructor for and an internationally published travel, arts, and culture writer, Alex is also the founder and moderator of DFW's LitTalk at Interabang Books.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 24. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit