Eduardo Santiago’s first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little, Brown & Co.) was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and a Latino Book Award finalist. Mr. Santiago’s next novel, Midnight Rumba, was awarded top honors at the prestigious New England Book Festival 2013, the Latino International Book Awards, and The Beverly Hills Book Awards.
His fiction has been published in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, andThe Caribbean Writer, and his nonfiction has appeared inLos Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. Mr. Santiago earned a BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has taught writing for UCLA’s Writing Program and at Mt. San Jacinto College.
He is the founder of the Idyllwild Authors Series, and a two-time PEN Center U.S.A. Fellow (2004 & 2008). His many personal appearances include CBS News, NPR’S All Things Considered, The New York City Book Festival, The Miami Book Fair International, The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, and The Tucson Festival of Books.
Eduardo’s Book Coaching Statement
Many people want to start a book or complete a book-in-progress, but few actually finish a manuscript. As an experienced creative writing instructor and book coach, I have a growing list of students, former students and clients who have completed their first drafts, many who’ve seen their work published, or are in discussions with agents.
To get students from “wanting to write a book” to committing and finishing one is exciting, and I become very involved. My process is structured and methodical because I strongly believe that the less confusion I create for the students, the more they can use their energies and imaginations to create their story.
These are some of the ways that I will guide you:
I will help you to understand what it is you’re trying to say, and discover why and how to to say it through the use of setting, character, voice, suspense, conflict, context, and objective.
Together, we will find (or settle upon) a solid literary structure that will carry all the thoughts, memories and experiences that are your raw material and that you want to include in the novel.
It’s essential to develop harmony between the writer and the judge-and-jury in your head so that every writing session doesn’t begin as a bloody battle. Through conversations and meditations you learn how to calm the enemy within and access your higher self, the inner writer. Above all, I prompt you to find your passion and tap into the reservoir of confidence that are essential for you to get the stories out of your head and onto the page.
Once I get you started, I will stay with you draft after draft to make sure you are staying honest and invested in yourself as writer, that you are using the most current literary elements required to make a book work, and that the work is clean, impressive, and well on it’s way to becoming a publishable product.
Writing a book, whether it’s a novel, a memoir, or a collection of stories, is not easy. But it can be a pleasurable experience, and at times it can be joyous, transcendent fun. Sadly, having a partially written book can be torture. The only thing that makes me happier than helping another aspiring writer complete his or her book, is completing my own. Holding that red-hot manuscript in your hands is a triumphant feeling that I want all my students to have. It is because I’ve experienced that unique satisfaction that I am so committed to helping others to find it, and I will go to great lengths to get you there.