LGBTQIA+Mental Health Webinar and Writing Workshop with Live Q&A
Part 1 in a Mental Health Series
Author of THE GRIEF KEEPER Alexandra Villasante and author of THE TRUTH IS NoNieqa Ramos will be in conversation about LGBTQIA+ mental health issues in our books, ourselves, and our community. We will talk about how to nurture our youth and ourselves as writers.
Authors Note: We are not mental health professionals. We are not qualified to give medical advice of any kind. If you need professional help, we encourage you to see a qualified medical professional. Below are some general resouces that may assist you in finding help.
Content Warning for Our Books: depression, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, homophobia, mass shooting
Why read the GRIEF KEEPER?
Alex's debut was an Indies Next,Indies Introduce and a Fall 2019 Junior Library Guild selection. The Grief Keeper is also on the ALA Rainbow Book List 2020 and is also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!
Why read THE TRUTH IS?
Lilliam Rivera, author of DEALING in DREAMS, selected THE TRUTH IS as a Bustle Book Club selection. Hip Latina named TTU “10 of the Best Latinx Young Adult Books of 2019.” Remezcla included TT in the “15 Best Books by Latino and Latin American Authors of 2019.”
In this webinar Alexandra and NoNi will:
Read a passage from our books.
Talk about the mental health representation in our books and the unique challenges our characters face as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Alex will discuss what her main character might be experiencing now as an undocumented person in a global pandemic.
NoNieqa will do a dramatic monologue of what her character, transboy Danny might be feeling in this global pandemic.
We’ll chat about how we can nurture youth who have mental health challenges in the classroom and in our community.
We’ll delve deep into self-care. How can we nourish and protect our own mental health as writers pre-publication and post-publication?
THIS IS A TWO PART SERIES ON MENTAL HEALTH.
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Author of THE TRUTH IS
Author of THE GRIEF KEEPER