Applications for Summer 2017 @ the University of Pennsylvania are now closed.

Week One: June 18th - June 24th, 2017
Week Two: June 25th - July 1st, 2017

Applications for the summer workshop are accepted between January 1 and March 15. VONA/Voices is open to all adult writers-of-color at any level of experience. There are no degree, publication or documentation requirements to apply.

The application has a series of questions about your commitment to your writing and your enthusiasm for a community of writers-of-color. These responses are weighed heavily in your application.

The application asks you to choose one workshop. We encourage you to have a second choice.

Please know that we keep the workshops to ten participants; therefore, providing a second choice of workshop increases your possibilities of attendance.

The application requires a manuscript upload. 

  • Paginate your pages. 
  • Please save your document in .pdf or .doc. Include your name and the name of genre and faculty of your first choice of workshop. For example: jonesfictiongalang.doc
  • In prose submission, please use double space, 12 point font and standard margins

Writing Sample Length

Poetry submissions: 5 - 10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

Prose Submissions: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre

Playwriting: up to 20 pages of script written for stage performance

Residency: up to 4000 words in a non-fiction, novel or  short fiction or 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

Your application is not considered complete until you upload the manuscript and pay the $25 application fee.


Tuition $900 • Room & Board (optional, but recommended) $750

Limited number of partial tuition scholarships available

Alumni, please note:

Writers are invited to attend 3 workshops maximum in the same genre or topic. Alums may attend 2 additional workshops in different genres or topics. No more than 3 years may be consecutive.  

If you are an Alum of VONA/Voices who has had the maximum number of workshops (5), thank you for making your space available to new members of our community. 

The applications for the summer workshop are available January 1. 

Please read the VONA/Voices Week before applying to become familiar with the commitment to the workshops. We consider the out of classroom experiences valuable to the participants and encourage all writers to take advantage of writing and social time.