Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was graced with the presence of award-winning author Cristina Garcia on Friday, Mar. 21, for an afternoon full of writing workshops, as well as a writing seminar taught by Garcia, all in celebration of the University's Author's Day.

Area high school students, from Miller, Moody, and Tuloso-Midwaym participated in the workshops, which had students read their own writing pieces to Garcia during an open mic session held in the Bay Hall on campus. Dr. Javier Villarreal, professor of Spanish at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, emceed the event.

The University's annual Authors' Day is an event held each year in which students from local high schools visit the university campus for an educational and hands-on experience.

This year's guest author, Garcia, has published six novels, and has been widely honored for her work. Her novel,

Garc?a, the author of six novels, has been widely honored for her work. Her novel, King of Cuba, has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.