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Macondo Workshop


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The Macondo Writers’ Workshop was founded by Sandra Cisneros in 1995 at her kitchen table and has influenced a great number of writers who travel to San Antonio to participate in the four-day conference. Focused on bringing together a community of poets, novelists, journalists, performance artists, and creative writers of all genres whose work is socially engaged, Macondo seeks to cultivate and support a community of literary activists on the page and off.


In 2012, Sandra gifted the workshop to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and we are excited about its next phase, which includes a workshop for local high school students. Most recently, 2016 Poet Laureate of Texas and San Antonio native, Laurie Ann Guerrero, was brought on board to lead Macondo into its next phase and reestablish the literary arts programming at the Guadalupe.


This year, the Macondo Writers’ Workshop will take place from July 13-17 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and include two nights (Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16) where the community is invited to enjoy readings by acclaimed writers, including San Antonio youth—inaugural members of the Macondo Young Writers’ Workshop. In 2016, we will hold four workshops, and leading our workshops will be Allison Hedge Coke (poetry), Alex Espinoza (fiction), Gregg Barrios (playwriting), and Joe Jimenez (multi-genre young writers’ workshop*)


*Instructions on how to submit work for the multi-genre young writers’ workshop coming soon. 



Macondo Writers’ Workshop leaders for 2016 are (from left) Allison Hedge Coke, Alex Espinoza, Joe Jimenez, and Gregg Barrios.