Somos Escritoras was created in Tempe, Arizona by Dr. Tracey T. Flores and emerged from her dissertation study while she attended Arizona State University. She worked alongside Latinx girls (grades 6-12) and their mothers and fathers in a 6-week writing workshop.
In envisioning Somos Escritoras, she drew upon her experiences from her own adolescent years to imagine the safe space that she needed and wishes she had been provided when she was younger to find her own voice and openly share and learn with her mother.
The workshops invited girls and parents to explore and examine their lives and worlds through drawing, oral storytelling, and writing. In this space, girls worked alongside their parents to pen stories from their lived experiences that address the stereotypes, tensions, and contradictions they face at the intersections of age, gender, race, language, and immigrant status.
After two iterations of these workshops, girls expressed their desire to have a space of their own to grow and learn together.
Somos Escritoras is the response to the girl’s voices.
The program is now based in Austin, Texas, at the University of Texas at Austin, where Dr. Flores works. Since 2020 the program has moved online, which has allowed us to expand our reach to Latinx girls across the nation.
The program provides a creative space for Latinx girls to draw, write, share stories, connect and celebrate Latinx voices and culture.