Author Matt de la Pena to Teach in Spokane

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Inland NW SCBWI in partnership with Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series is offering a fiction writing workshop November 16th in Spokane, WA. Please visit this link for registration and more details:

Matt de la Peña grew up a non-reader in southern California. The son of a Mexican father and white mother, he was the first member of his family to attend college. He went to the University of the Pacific on a full basketball scholarship thinking his future was in the NBA – until he played a guy named Steve Nash. He earned his BA and followed it with an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. Today, he is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels with a fifth coming November 2013. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY.

In 2012, the New York Times followed Matt on a school visit to Tucson High School in Arizona after his books were removed from shelves for “promoting racial resentment.” Read the story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/education/racial-lens-used-to-cull-curriculum-in-arizona.html