ForWord is one of the community projects offered by the non-profit literary organization, BorderSenses (est.2000) that strives to connect, inspire, and evolve ideas about writing for authors ages 13-19. Learn more about the project
We are currently conducting workshops at Jefferson High School, EPCC Northwest Campus Library, and Glasbox Studios. Learn additonal information
ForWord is one of the community projects offered by the non-profit literary organization, BorderSenses (est.2000) that strives to connect, inspire, and evolve ideas about writing for authors ages 13-19.
ForWord Project was developed with the idea of improving awareness of the written word in its various forms for the youth of the border region. The project not only exposes youth to the written forms but helps improve writing and confidence of young writers by utilizing a workshop environment in a beneficial manner. Young writers learn how a workshop environment can improve their own writing through feedback, utilizing fellow writers to illustrate and learn techniques, all while exposing them to the benefits of technology such as tele-workshops. Participants have metrics such as portfolios and are also provided with opportunities for publication. Through these opportunities ForWord Project hopes to create an environment where young writers can cultivate their interests in arts and move forward with their education.
Writing workshops will be available at various locations in the city at various times throughout the year.
ForWord Project seeks to offer new artistic and academic opportunities to the diverse youth of the El Paso, Texas area by using literature and technology to engage their creativity while learning the value of the arts and higher education.
Sponsored On-Site Workshops:
Workshops Sponsored by Museum of Cultural Affairs Department:
We are always looking for new locations to host writing workshops throughout the city. Wish we were at a location near you? Send us a message!
Yasmin Ramirez is a native El Pasoan. She attended the University of North Texas, located in Denton, where she earned her degree in Psychology. In 2010, she moved home to pursue her hearts desire of writing short stories and received her MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso. Yasmin stays active in the literary community and writes And Then, a weekly blog. Her short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, and just recently received an Honorable Mention for "Tastes Like God" in the 2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest.
Lacy Mayberry recently moved to El Paso from Arizona. She received her MFA from the low-residency program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and co-hosts The Postmasters Podcast, which features author interviews and conversations about writing and life. Her stories and essays have appeared in Mirage, Literary Mama, and Better: Culture & Lit.
Gloria Amesquita has lived in El Paso most of her life. She studied at the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice. One of her interests is assisting local organizations that help promote education and the arts.
Abigail Carl-Klassen grew up in the rural West Texas community of Seminole, but she has made her home on the U.S.-Mexico border for eleven years. During that time she has been employed as non-profit worker, a substitute teacher, a graduate assistant, and most recently as an adjunct instructor at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso. Her work has appeared in Rhubarb, The Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, Rio Grande Review, Blue Collar Review, 491, Lalitamba and BorderSenses and will appear in two forthcoming anthologies, Desnudas en el desierto (Mouthfeel Press) and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the Texas/Mexico Border (Texas A&M University Press). She lives with her husband Jonathan in Sunset Heights.
Jasmin Flores is a writer from El Paso. She attends El Paso Community College (EPCC) and is majoring in Creative Writing. She has been published four times and is currently working on her fifth publication. Her expertise is in Short Story/ Fiction. She plans on maintaining an active hand in the literary community.
Rebecca Nicole Miranda is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she will earn a degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication in December 2013. Born and raised in the Borderland, Nicole attended Mission Early College High School where she completed her high school education while concurrently taking classes at El Paso Community College (EPCC), graduating in Spring 2011 with both her high school diploma and Associate's of Arts Degree in Mass Communication. Nicole hopes to pursue a career in El Paso that will enhance and highlight the culture of the growing Sun City.
Kristal Acuna is a seventeen year old student who is really bad at introducing herself. You may find her singing or dancing in the car, scribbling reminders on her hand, laughing at her own jokes, or writing. She is a hopeless lover of words, music, traveling, and food. Currently, she is trying her hardest to live by the worst but best cliches like, 'stay positive!' and 'always be true to who you are'.
Maria Esquinca was born in Ciudad Juarez Mexico and raised in El Paso. She is currently a junior attending The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Multimedia Journalism. She enjoys reading, writing, watching movies and listening to music.