Pablo Cartaya

Pablo Cartaya is an author, speaker, actor, and educator. He is the author of the acclaimed middle-grade novel, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (for which he also recorded the audiobook), and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish (Viking/Penguin Young Readers). His novels speak to community activism, multiculturalism, and the dynamics of family through the many lenses that language and culture play in young people’s lives. His picture book Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House Children’s Books) has been featured on NY1, NPR, The International Chocolate Show, and on morning news shows across the northeast.

As an actor, Pablo co-starred on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning sitcom Will & Grace; was a guest star on the Spanish-language sitcom Los Beltran; and has appeared in various commercials, music videos and performed on stage in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

As an educator, Pablo has been a guest lecturer at various universities, given talks at elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the country, and hosted many international literary events and workshops. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, a BA from Loyola Marymount University, and currently serves as lead faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s low residency MFA in the Writing for Children and Young Adults track in Lake Tahoe.

Assembly and Conference Presentations with Pablo Cartaya

 On Multilingual Creative Writing (Ideal for writers in grades 6th-12th, college students and adult professionals)

Infusing dialects and other languages while writing in English is a tool to use not something to shun or run away from. This talk focuses on ways a multilingual approach expands the potential of a story, and will show how multiple languages are effectively incorporated into writing. It will incorporate writing prompts, textual examples, and detailed discussions.

*This presentation is adjusted to the appropriate age level of the attendees. NOTE: This talk can be extended to a longer workshop for college students and adult professionals.

On Revising (Ideal for ALL ages, K-adult)

Students of all ages face many emotional hurdles revising work for school. Even professional writers dread having to go draft upon draft of revising their novels. But the process of revising doesn’t have to be painful. This talk delves into the personal challenges of the revision process and gives tools to move through draft upon draft without feeling dejected about the process. There will be writing prompts, exercises, and discussion aimed at getting comfortable and confident during the revision process.

*This presentation is adjusted to the appropriate age level of the attendees. NOTE: This talk can be extended to a longer workshop for college students and adult professionals.

On Reading (Ideal for grades 6th-12th)

Books allow you to transcend yourself into time, through space, place, and people. It unlocks your thoughts, challenges your beliefs, raises questions and emboldens you to dream. This talk focuses on the journey of the reader and how it can lead into exciting discoveries about who you are and what you’ll do.

*This presentation is adjusted to the appropriate age level of the attendees.

On Technology and Writing (Ideal for writers in grades 6th-12th, college students and adult professionals)

Writers use technology in many more ways than one can imagine. But they also face a challenge. When is it used as a tool and when is it a distraction? YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, Instagram, Google. These are all modern technological advances of communication that are useful but also have pitfalls. This talk gets into the various technological tools writers use to create stories. It goes into the details of when technology is a writer’s friend and when it’s a foe. Visual, textual, and multimedia examples will be used to show how the writer uses technology to get their work done.

*This presentation is adjusted to the appropriate age level of the attendees.

On Public Speaking (Ideal for grades 6th-12th, college students and adult professionals)

Public speaking isn’t talked enough about (no pun intended). This immersive public speaking talk uses acting techniques combined with vocal exercises to teach students how to get in front of a crowd with confidence. They will learn the practicalities of speaking (preparation, energy, performing, and improving over time) through acting exercises and vocal warm-ups. They will discuss mindset (tackling anxiety and growing confidence), the importance of authenticity when they present, and how to make the best of their public persona. They will speak after this presentation. And people will listen.

*This presentation is adjusted to the appropriate age level of the attendees. NOTE: This talk can be extended to a longer workshop for college students and adult professionals.

Writing Workshops with Pablo Cartaya

Elementary School Writing Workshop (Cupcakes and Embracing Individualism) (Ideal for grades K-5)

The presentation will consist of a reading, using volunteer kid actors to play various characters from Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes, a drawing exercise (on chef hats that Pablo Cartaya will provide), and a Q&A. This presentation focuses on finding your special skill and embracing perseverance (a key word that will be repeated throughout) in finding that special skill. Pablo will also discuss how words and pictures come together to tell a story.

Middle School Writing Workshop (Ideal for grades 6th-8th)
An intensive writing workshop that focuses on writing from identity. This two-and-a-half-hour generative class will include discussion of identity in writing, followed by several exercises designed to write a draft of an original short story by the end of the workshop. Pablo Cartaya will discuss the ways identity makes its way into your writing and how you can best apply your sense of self into your work. Students will then have an opportunity to read excerpts from their stories.

High School Writing workshop (Ideal for grades 9th-12th)
A workshop focusing on the craft of writing for children and young adults. Pablo Cartaya will talk about the various age ranges that encompass children’s literature (from picture book to young adult) and explore ways to begin the writing process. A writing prompt channeling personal history will be the focus of the latter part of the workshop, and Pablo will take examples of students work and workshop them with the class. A recommended reading list will accompany this three-hour workshop/presentation. This class is meant to drive confidence in writing and writing from youth for youth. This workshop could consist of one or multiple classes combined (max 100 students).

Skype with Pablo Cartaya (Ideal ages 11-14 years)

In this 30-minute Skype session, Pablo Cartaya talks about food, culture, language, poetry, and good old-fashioned community work using his middle-grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora as a stepping stone for the discussion. After a brief talk about Pablo’s background, he will dive into the story, talk about the writing process (including REVISING!), and how culture and community play an important part in his novels. Students should have questions about any aspect of the book, the writing process, the book business, or how to make the perfect batido de mango…just like Abuela used to make. 🙂

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