VONA/Voices and The Loft Literary Center

Join us Twin Cities Writers of Color!!!

VONA/Voices and The Loft Literary Center:
A Writing Workshop Weekend: Voices of Conflict, Silence and Witness
Connecting Communities of Color 

January 13-15, 2017
at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis

Applications closed.

This weekend workshop is meant to generate writing from people of color living in the region.

Four Workshops are being offered:

Stories of Arriving with Staceyann Chin
A gathering of family narratives: the journeys and the landings. Writers are encouraged to write about their journeys, both internal and geographic, from finding a place to live to finding a sense of self. 

Encounters of Race and Culture with Chris Abani
Stories of the neighborhood: the complications of identity and belonging and not belonging. The writers reveal the complications of the neighborhood, the conflicts and struggles of placing self and family in unfamiliar territory. These are stories of place and of placement, alliance and aloneness, and what it takes to make your home with neighbors of different cultures. 

Voices of the Silenced First Nations Peoples with Natalie Diaz
Native writers generate works in poetry or prose through writing exercises and prompts. They exchange their work, share ideas about craft, and explore society, culture and identity through discussion.

Poetry as Documentary with Elmaz Abinader

Using poetry as storytelling, witness, and history and using language as their lens, writers testify with poetry as a way of providing a perspective on news, history, experience and surviving. Writing on the page and performing on the stage are activities of this workshop.

Writers in the workshops are invited to write in their preferred language(s).

The fee for this workshop is $100, which includes two community receptions

There is no application fee.

Applicants will be notified by November 27.

Regional Workshops

Regional workshops are held twice a year in different cities in the U.S. They take place over a 3- day weekend where writers and VONA faculty, along with a local host, use day long workshops to generate writing focused on the issues, narratives and languages dominant to the region. 

These workshops do not provide residential facilities and are offered at a nominal cost. VONA/Voices encourages writers who are underrepresented, who aren’t institutionally affiliated, who are undocumented or differently abled to apply.

Fall 2015 inaugurated our first regional in Southern California in affiliation with Literature for Life. Located in Pasadena we offered three classes: Poetry as Documentary with Elmaz Abinader, Stories of Arriving with Reyna Grande, and Across the Highway Divide with Jervey Tervalon. 

Our second regional workshop, Voices of Silence and Witness, was held in Minneapolis in partnership with the Loft Literary Center, in January 2017. We offered four workshops: Encounters of Race & Culture with Chris Abani, Poetry as Documentary with Elmaz Abinader, Stories of Arriving with Faith Adiele and Poetry with Natalie Diaz.

Find information on Regionals on our Facebook page. 


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