The VATC Workshops are special one and two-day workshops. They are generative and inspiring. You will be writing at the workshop and sharing your work.  Some advanced reading may be required. You may sign up for more than one workshop. Please note the different time commitments, fees, and seat limits before you make your choices.

Step 1: Look over the offerings. To see more about the classes and the faculty click here

Step 2: Each workshop has its own application, please click on the link related to the specific workshop.

Step 3: Fill out the application. You do not need a manuscript upload or any additional material

Step 4: Please pay the designated class fee by clicking on the button

Once a workshop fills up (note number of maximum participants), the application for that workshop will close.

You will be notified by VONA Central about the logistics of your particular workshop.



Title of Workshop

Click on Workshop Title to Apply

Facilitator Dates and Location Maximum Applicants Tuition

*all include $10 Registration Fee

Character Development for Playwright Kim Euell April 3

5:30-9:00 pm

Playwrights Center, MN


10 $135
Creative Nonfiction Jervey Tervalon May 25

1:00 pm-4:00pm

Pasadena CA


6 $260
We Witness Testimonies Elmaz Abinader June 28

10:00 am-4 pm

Pace University, NYC


25 $260
We Witness Testimonies Elmaz Abinader June 29

10:00-4: pm

New York

25 $260
Employing Comedy to Work through Trauma in Non-Fiction Writing Kiese Laymon August 3-4


Oxford MI

12 $460
Narrative Construction in Fiction and  Memoir David Mura August 17



12 $260
Structure and Crisis: Mapping out Story Daniel Jose Older August 22

Time: 10:00 am- 2 pmm

826 NOLA

New Orleans

12 $260
Writing What We’d Rather Forget, Transforming and Being Transformed: The Power of Memoir Reyna Grande Sept. 8

10:00 am- 6 pm

Woodland CA

12 $260
We Witness: Narrative From the Front Lines  Elmaz Abinader Sept. 14


Oakland, CA

Location: TBD

25 $260
Hybrid Stories for Hybrid Lives: Assembling the Mixed Experience Faith Adiele Sept. 15

Time: TBD

Santa Fe, NM




What if a workshop is closed and I really want to attend?

You can request to be on a waitlist if anyone cancels. Write to

Put in the subject line: waitlist for (use faculty name and location) for instance waitlist for Older, New Orleans.  If you do not fill in the subject line correctly, it will not get routed to the application pool.

Can I apply to a workshop outside of my region?

Yes! Apply all around the country. Of course, you are responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements

No writing sample? Does that mean my work won’t be workshopped?

These are generative workshops. You will be creating and sharing writing along with your colleagues. The good news is, you can’t be rejected

What if childcare, family or work issues come up, can I attend part of the time?

Please do not apply for a workshop you cannot fully attend. The seats are limited.

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One of those lifetime experiences that have transformed my life and writing acumen. The loving energy, heightened awareness of POC creative magic, and sense of connection experienced at my first VONA will sustain me for awhile and ripple out in all my work. Travel Writing 2017