Culture Shock

Steven Robert Allen
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Some writers write for money. Some write for fame. Others write just for kicks. Every once in a while, though, you'll come across a scribe who puts pen to paper intending to change the world.

This Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW), two renowned authors will share their thoughts on how writing can effect social change. Demetria Martínez is a poet and author who is perhaps most famous for her novel Mother Tongue, which brought attention to the disastrous results of the Reagan administration's illegal wars in Central America during the '80s. Anya Achtenberg, the author of More Than the Wind, has years of experience helping writers find ways to use language to heal society's wounds.

During their workshop, which is appropriately titled Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World, Martínez and Achtenberg will illuminate various ideas and techniques for crafting socially conscious writing. The two-day affair occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $150 per person with a sliding fee scale and scholarships. Reserve a slot now because the workshop will only accept a maximum of 28 people. For more information or to register, call 246-2261 ext. 167 or log onto to download a registration form.

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