Literary Mediator Workshops

Literary mediators will participate in four workshops to create and implement humanities-based Salas de Libros across Tucson, Arizona for intergenerational communities. The Salas provide a space for reflection and conversation around themed text sets that represent themes of significance to diverse Arizona populations. We envision each of these collections representing different aspects and perspectives of the diverse communities of our region, with a particular focus on those that are historically underserved by educational institutions.

Workshop #1: May 18, 9 AM - 2 PM

What is a Sala? What is a mediator? These modules will show how to construct spaces which build on four central tenets: reading, writing, listening, and recreating. We will explain why and how mediators facilitate access to books and how different strategies for engagement might vary depending on the needs of the specific Salas.

Spaces and materials for Salas; Strategies for forming readers; Narrative practices; Resilience and children’s literature.


Workshop #2: May 19, 9 AM - 2 PM

Strategies for poetry and nonfiction; Writing and response to literature; Modeling Salas.

How to launch a Sala; Recruitment of participants and implementation; Adverse contexts and migrants; Pop Ups.