Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

 Instructor Biography:

Author and editor of 19 books, including Vigan and Other Stories, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, and Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults. Ms. Brainard has received numerous awards, including a California Arts Council Fellowship and Brody Arts Fund Award, and her work has been translated into Turkish and Finnish.

Read an interview with Cecilia Brainard on Bibliobuffet.com.

Instructor Statement:

I have a plan for what I am going to teach each quarter. Every session, I teach my students a specific concept–character, conflict, dialogue, or plot, and so on. The general idea is to build one concept on the other, so that in the end students learn quite a lot. Students not only get the concepts down but also have the chance to experiment with these ideas in their writing. Teaching, as I see it, is a two-way process, so I am always tuning in to their pace of learning. If I am going too fast, I slow down. If I am going too slow, I speed up. All of this happens in a supportive atmosphere where students can feel safe as they learn and try out concepts that they may be encountering for the first time.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Cecilia is very comforting and communicative. She is very knowledgeable about the field and is always willing to answer questions.” — Writers’ Program Student

Blog: Click here to go to Cecilia’s blog.

Instructor Website: Click here to leave our website and go to Cecilia’s website.

Watch a video of Cecilia reading from her work at the 2015 Writers’ Program Publication Party:

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