Friday, March 23, 2012

LGBQ Narrative Workshop at VONA - University of Berkeley

Post date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Deadline: 9 April 2012

The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation at the University of California-Berkeley invites applications from unpublished as well as published writers-of-color--anyone dreaming of writing as a serious pursuit.

The Voices Workshop is a special gathering of writers who spend 1 week working with authors of color. This workshop honors the literary traditions of heritage and culture and promotes the styles, voices, forms and concerns of writers-of-color and their connections to the literary world. All workshops are intimate gatherings of writers who take their writing seriously and are looking for an experience that will nurture them as writers; heighten their awareness of writing as a political, social and literary tool; and provide a community that supports each writer as they explore issues that require a profound sense of trust and professionalism.


Faculty: Randall Kenan

Writers exchange work and discuss the work’s presence in the literary world. Themes of culture, subculture, identity and literary strategies are discussed.

To be considered for admission to the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop please submit submit up to 15 pages of a non-fiction, novel, short fiction or 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

All applicants should email their application manuscript (as an attachment) to apply with your name and the workshop name and faculty in the title of the document. (please use .doc or .pdf)

For example: LouisaSmithmemoirAdiele.doc

Completed Application: Please provide contact information, history, experience, vital statistics and personal essay in response to the questions, including information on scholarships.

The application deadline is April 9, 2012. Only completed applications are eligible for review. Please contact us regarding late applications.


Participants are notified of their acceptance by May 4 and have ten days to confirm their attendance.

Send a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 by May 15. (Accepted participants will receive an invoice via email.)

Manuscripts to be used in the workshop must be uploaded to the virtual classroom site by May 25, 2012.

All fees are due by May 31, 2012.

Indicate if you will need residence in campus housing, so we may reserve a spot for you.

A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available, based on need and availability. Resources are limited and requests are always greater than available funds.

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award amount and balance due. All fees are due by May 31, 2012 and should be made through PayPal.

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