Public Humanities Talk: How to Write a Family Portrait/ Como Escribir un Retrato Familiar


May 11, 2024    
1:00 am - 3:30 am


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St., Ilwaco, WA, 98640, Pacific County

Event Type

Madeline Matson
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake Street, Ilwaco WA 98624 360-642-3446

PUBLIC HUMANITIES TALK: “How to Write a Family
Portrait / Como Escribir un Retrato Familiar” on May 11th

ILWACO, WA — Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging in-person conversation with Kristen Millares Young, a member of the 2024-2025 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The workshop will be offered in English at 1 pm and in Spanish at 2:30 pm. This workshop was rescheduled from its original date in January due to inclement weather.
About “How to Write a Family Portrait/Como Escribir un Retrato Familiar” Tell the stories that have preoccupied, amused, and defined your family for generations. In this hour-long generative writing workshop, essayist Kristen Millares Young will use guided prompts and discussions to help you plan, write, and revise your family stories. By reflecting on intimate truths, we can redefine how we think about ourselves and our kin, contribute to our communities, and spark vital conversations. This workshop is offered in both English and Spanish. Participants will leave with new pages.
Cuente las historias que han preocupado, divertido y definido a su familia por generaciones. En este taller de escritura generativa de una hora de duración, la ensayista Kristen Millares Young
utilizará sugerencias guiadas y discusiones para ayudarle a planificar, escribir y revisar sus historias familiares. Al reflexionar sobre algunas verdades íntimas, podemos redefinir como pensamos acerca de nosotros mismos y nuestros familiares, contribuir a nuestras comunidades y generar conversaciones
vitales. Este taller será ofrecido en inglés y en español. Los participantes saldrán con una nueva perspectiva.
About Kristen Millares Young
Kristen Millares Young (she/her) is a journalist, essayist, and author. Her novel Subduction was a Paris Review staff pick, winner of Nautilus and IPPY awards, a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards, and Foreword Indies Book of the Year. She is also the editor of Seismic, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team behind “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer. She is a former Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence and currently Seattle University’s 2023 Distinguished Visiting Writer. She is also a book reviewer for the Washington Post. Young lives in Seattle.
Kristen Millares Young (Ella) es periodista, ensayista y autora. Su novela Subduction fue ganadora de los Premios Nautilus e IPPY, así mismo fue finalista de dos premios del Libro Latino Internacional y del Libro del Año del Foreword Indies. Ella también es la editora de Seismic. Millares Young fue la investigadora del equipo de New York Times creador de “Snow Fall,” el cual ganó un premio Pulitzer. Sus ensayos, reseñas e investigaciones aparecen en el Washington Post, el Guardian, y antologías como Alone Together. Millares Young vive en Seattle.
At a Glance
Who: Journalist and Author Kristen Millares Young

What: Workshop: “How to Write a Family Portrait/Como Escribir un Retrato Familiar”

When: May 11, 2024 – 1:00 pm English Language and 2:30 pm Spanish Language

Where: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum 115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624

Please contact Madeline Matson, Executive Director
Phone: 360-642-3446
About Humanities Washington Humanities Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening minds and bridging divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives. For more about Humanities Washington, visit,