The mission of VONA is to develop emerging writers of color through programs and workshops taught by established writers of color. 
VONA's values are a commitment to artistic excellence, social justice, and empowering the community of writers of color.

In VONA’s multi-genre workshops, developing writers of color:

  • Explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding.
  • Learn from the teaching and writing of established writers of color.
  • Are empowered to write about their experiences as people of color.

VONA is the only writers' conference in the country with a multi-genre focus on writers of color as students and teachers.