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The late Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching professor Marian Martinello's historical account of Lupe Perez's challenges to achieve her entrepreneurial dream during the late 1800s in her book, "The Chili Queen: Mi Historia," is serving as the inspiration for the Historical Fiction Writer's Camp.

Made possible by a partnership between the Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies and the Good Samaritan Community Center, the Historical Fiction Writer's Camp supports the authoring of fictional stories by young, adolescent girls from middle school to high school. The camp operates year round and provides a safe space for girls to write about their experiences and to improve their literary skills under the guidance of literacy professors and educators from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.  The group meets twice a month and uses this time to share experiences and learn how to compose fictional stories using their own lives as references. The camp provides mentorship to young girls in the community and nurtures the desire to write and share their family history, while instilling pride in their cultural backgrounds. 

The Historical Fiction Writer's Camp invites local community guest speakers to come and share their stories that will serve as inspiration for these young authors.  In April, the camp participants will hear renowned author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh speak at the UTSA Main Campus. 

In addition, the young writers will participate in a Write-A-Thon.  As a group, they will spend an afternoon writing while they visit local historical sites.  The sites will serve as inspiration to document stories or poetry as they leisurely observe and explore the world around them.

In late May, the Historical Young Writer's Camp will host the Cuentos Project.  The purpose of the Cuentos Project is to collect family stories by having students interview people in their families and then write about it. The stories are centered around their families, San Antonio, and their heritage. The young writers will then have the opportunity to share their stories with an audience.

The Good Samaritan Community Center is located in the heart of the west side of San Antonio and serves local youth, as well as seniors in their community.  UTSA and the COEHD are proud to contribute to this center and the youth that it serves.

For more information about the Historical Fiction Writer’s Camp or how to join, email

Photo courtesy of the Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies




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