To help writers get through the pandemic, Las Musas, the “first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx middle-grade, picture book and young adult authors,” launched a series of programs to help writers hone their craft.
Producer and author Mayra Cuevas (“Salty, Bitter, Sweet”) and author Ismée Williams (“This Train Is Being Held”), who belong to the collective of more than 60 members, co-developed the idea for the web series. “We realized many writers and readers would be facing weeks and possibly months of social distancing and isolation,” Cuevas told Publisher’s Weekly in an article published March 24. “From a mental health perspective, we know this can lead to anxiety, insecurity and depression. We wanted to use our art to help and connect with people around the world.”
The collective’s inaugural event, which took place on March 19, reportedly welcomed close to 50 viewers from the U.S., Argentina, Canada, Germany and Mexico. The second, held on March 24, featured a conversation between Williams and her agent about the benefits of securing a literary agent and how to find one. In addition to sharing tools with writers and storylines with readers, Las Musas is working to include educators, students and librarians in its programming. Check out the program schedule here.