VONA/Voices: The Miami Workshop and University of Miami Offer Workshops for Writers of Color

VONA Voices Writing Workshop and the University of Miami's MFA in Creative Writing Program will again be offering the VONA/Voices: The Miami Workshop at the University from January 18-20, 2013.

The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) is dedicated to nurturing writers of color and has been holding summer workshops for twelve years in the Bay Area. The success of last year's workshop, held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend in 2012, has inspired another year of offerings in Miami. "Miami reflects the spirit of the VONA/Voices: The Miami Workshop with its diversity and sense of communities," says Diem Jones, executive director of VONA. 

M. Evelina Galang, director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami, approached Jones about the workshops in Miami after her first stint as faculty in the summer workshops.

"As a VONA/Voices instructor during the summer, it's always a great joy to be with students so hungry and willing to learn and do the work," Galang says. "These tough young writers go into deep territory, sometimes lost and sometimes stuck, but always willing to move."

Galang and Jones have designed an intensive three-day program of workshops to be led by Chris Abani, Willie Perdomo, M. Evelina Galang and Elmaz Abinader, as well as Galang herself.  Applications to the program are due on November 5, 2012. For more information, click here

Chris Abani