How Would You Like to Become a Better Writer?

Would you like to be a better writer? How do you make a purposeful choice of vocabulary and tone into your writings? Using figurative language and imagery and most of all, showing your personality and passion in a compelling way empowers your creativity.
Cuban-American poet and novelist, Cristina Garcia, will describe her method in her workshop/master class entitled Cultivating Chaos: Craft Talk/Workshop on Monday, September 26 from 12 noon to 2pm.

During the afternoon session, she will discuss Craft Talk as “strategies for coaxing the strange, ineluctable, jagged-edged power of the wonderfully, dangerously unexpected into making a lasting, vivid difference in our writing.” She believes in “encouraging our work to unspool in unpredictable, organic ways; to welcome what surprises and disturbs us; and too harness wildness without domesticating its energies.”

An example of her allowing the unspooling and unpredictable is the evolution of her first novel.According to García, “My first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, started as a poem based on the women in my extended family. It quickly got out of control! Over time it metamorphosed into a meditation on the stories that official history excludes. Now after thirty years in circulation, it felt like a good time to give the novel a more public airing. Hence, this adaptation to the play!”

Since she now lives in northern California, Cristina Garcia will come to us via zoom. Here is the link:

The Cultural Affairs website at may also be consulted. Email cultural@sunyorange.eduwith questions.

Garcia has had a varied career in writing having worked as a reporter for the Knoxville Journal, and then as a reporter and researcher, correspondent and bureau chief for Time Magazine. When she left journalism, she transitioned to writing fiction full-time, a genre which she has embraced while writing seven novels and three bo0ks for young readers. She also has a collection of poetry to her credit, and she has edited two anthologies. And she is a playwright as well.

García is also the founder and artistic director of Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshops.
She holds a BA in Political Science from Barnard College, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 15 languages. She has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. García has been a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin and The University of Miami. She also has served as Professor and University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos.

This event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. It is offered as a collaboration of Cultural Affairs and the Poetry Committee at SUNY Orange.

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