New York author Sergio Troncoso, a writer of essays, short stories and novels, visited the MCC-Blue River campus June 23-26 as a guest author/writer for the George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts creative writing program. He met with students to critique and assist in editing their work.
Troncoso gave students a perspective on writing that added to their experience in the classroom, encouraging them to explore techniques for generating, revising and conceptualizing ideas drawn from common and uncommon sources. Publishing, editing and careers in creative writing-related areas were also discussed.
The George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts is a five-week summer program of the Independence School District for students in grades 9 through 12. It’s designed to enhance their skills in one or more of the artistic disciplines: creative writing, music (instrumental and vocal), theater, and visual arts. Students in the program’s creative writing, theater and visual arts disciplines meet on the campus of MCC-Blue River.
Troncoso’s numerous awards include the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, International Latino Book Award, and Bronze Award for Multicultural Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. He has been inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He also received the Literary Legacy Award from El Paso Community College.
He is a member of PEN, a writers organization dedicated to protecting free expression and celebrating literature. He is also a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers Conference in New Haven, Connecticut; an instructor at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York; and a faculty member of the Company of Writers.