Artist Profile

Minden, Nevada

Josh Galarza

Galarza, Josh

Novelist and personal essayist Josh Galarza holds primary and lower-elementary teaching credentials from the North American Montessori Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has written four curriculum manuals on cultural subjects used in Montessori schools throughout the world. He is a regular speaker at Montessori teachers’ conferences held by the American Montessori Society and the National Center for Montessori Education.

In June, 2011, Galarza was awarded an artist fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council for his efforts as an essayist. He is currently working on getting his first novel agented, and is drafting three other novels. Galarza teaches creative writing at Western Nevada College where he serves as president of Lone Mountain Writers and directed the literary art show Affirmations: A Writer’s Truth. He has shown work in three other literary art shows including Always Lost: A Meditation on War, which is currently touring the United States.

Counties Served
Douglas County, Washoe County, Carson City
Preferred Groups/Populations
High-school aged students, adults
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
To tell a story, you need a character. To tell a compelling story, you need a realistic character. How is this achieved? Honesty. We all have sides we’d prefer to hide from others. We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of. We’re all flawed. It’s these aspects of a personality that make one interesting, these flaws that arouse empathy in a reader. Whether writing nonfiction or writing from the point of view of a fictional character, it is the secret things that must make it to the page. We, as writers, must tell the truths others aren’t brave enough to share. In my workshops, I teach truth-telling above all things. The topics vary to encompass all of the elements of quality prose, including characterization, setting, plot, theme, voice, critique and holder text goes here.