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Writers of Color Workshop

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We recognize that while no single feature can capture the experience and identity of a human being, writers of color—of all levels, and from all genres and backgrounds—have the opportunity to thrive in workshop experiences where their many, varied voices are welcomed and seen to enrich the workshop’s diverse worldview. This means that we will read the work of poets and fiction writers of color, including our own.

    Over the last few decades, organizations designed to support and promote the work of writers of color have emerged across the country. Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, VONA, Kimbilio, and others recognize the need to provide writers of color with the kind of community and workshop space that encourages taking risks, resisting stereotypes (in ourselves, others, and in our writing), and creating poems, stories, novels, and essays that speak to the range of our experience as human beings. This workshop shares these intentions and seeks to provide Houston writers of color with the freedom and support offered by these organizations.

    This workshop is open to writers of all races typically underrepresented in American literature, including but not limited to writers who identify themselves as African-American or Caribbean; Asian-American; Middle-Eastern; Chicano, Hispanic, and Latino. For those worried that this will be a group therapy session, know that it will not be this. Just as with any writing workshop, we will study the craft of prose and poetry, whether literary fiction or slam or sci-fi, consider what the work is trying to say, and explore what possibilities it can open up for our writing. Expect to come away with fierce new work, as well as a renewed sense of the power found through community.

We will have one week off for Thanksgiving.

     We have reserved several generous scholarships for this workshop. Visit Writespace’s scholarships page to apply.

    This workshop is supported by a generous grant from Poets & Writers, Inc.

PRICE: Early-Bird until Saturday, October 29th, $200 Members, $230 Non-Members. After Saturday, October 29th, $215 Members, $245 Non-Members—Become a member  here.

LEVEL: All levels

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