Smashing Stereotypes! The Writing Workshop, with Special Guest Author Francesca Lia Block
We all know that Stereotypes are a bad thing, yet we carry them around with us, silent but enormous weights that limit our ideas of what is possible for others... and for ourselves. This hands-on writing workshop will focus on tools and techniques to break free of those limitations. Learn how you can be Smashing Stereotypes in your writing, and in your life!
"Look at our cultural myth of how a woman needs a man to save her. It's in all those children's stories – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White. What does that tell girls? Or boys? How can we break free of that mindset? Writing is one of the main tools we have to smash stereotypes – all stereotypes. That's what I want to empower people to do."
Renowned author Francesca Lia Block will be featured, and will discuss with Wind the challenges of stereotypes and how she has overcome them in her writing. Block has published over 30 books, spanning Young Adult novels, poetry, and short stories collections. She is the author of the groundbreaking "Weetzie Bat" books which have been credited by the Los Angeles Times with "...helping to revolutionize young adult literature."
They will discuss (and Francesca will sign) "Weetzie Bat" and a number of her most recent books, including "Pretty Dead," (which School Library Journal called "a startlingly original work that drives a stake deep into the heart of typical vampire stories") "House of Dolls," (Booklist Journal's starred review said it was "powerful, haunting, and – just when you don't think it's possible – inspiring, too.") and her upcoming release "The Frenzy."
About Francesca Lia Block:
Author Francesca Lia Block has described her groundbreaking novels and stories as "contemporary fairy tales with an edge," where the real world and its trouble find solace through the magic of creative expression and love. Born in Los Angeles, where she still lives, Block's work pulsates with the language and images of the city's sprawling subculture. Lauds a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, "Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler."
Block has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, The New York Times Book Review and School Library Journal. Her work has been published around the world and translated into many languages. www.francescaliablock.com
About Lee Wind:
Lee Wind writes an award-winning daily blog, "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell do I Read?" Empowering Gay Teens and their Allies through social commentary essays and comprehensive coverage of GLBTQ Teen fiction, it has had more than 350,000 page loads from over 200,000 unique visitors. Greg Miraglia of Outbeat Youth Radio called it "...the perfect website for young LGBT readers."
Wind co-facilitates monthly meetings of 35-50 people on the craft, business and inspiration of writing for the Los Angeles Westside Schmooze of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. His interviews with luminaries in the world of Children's literature have been published online and in the 2011 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market.
Wind holds a Masters of Education from Harvard, focused on integrating education, entertainment, and media. www.leewind.org
About our non-profit beneficiary, City of Hope:
Just northeast of Los Angeles, City of Hope is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and is recognized worldwide for its patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into new therapies. www.cityofhope.org
About Presenting Partner Book Soup:
On the infamous "Sunset Strip" in West Hollywood, CA, Book Soup is one of the last large independent bookstores, serving the Los Angeles community - and beyond! - for over 30 years. www.booksoup.com
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8828 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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