VONA Across the Country 2019 Workshops

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In 2019, in celebration of our twenty years of offering workshops exclusively for writers-of-color, VONA is offering a variety of workshops around the country.

VONA Across the Country is a program that offers one-day or two-day VONA workshops that are low cost, don’t require a writing sample, and are located where writers live.

We are thankful to the members of our Faculty for their continuous support of the mission of VONA and for contributing their teaching time as a way of giving to VONA. We know, Teaching is their heartwork and sharing that talent to fundraise for VONA does so much for the organization, while it also serves many writers who would never have a chance to go to VONA.

To register, click the title of the workshop.

Please note that each workshop tuition includes a $10 registration fee.

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

VONA  will notify you about the logistics of your particular workshop once your registration is received.

Have questions?  Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

LocationDateTitle of WorkshopFacilitatorMaximum ApplicantsTuition
Playwrights Center, MNApril 3- 5:30-9:00 pmCharacter Development for Playwright
CLOSED
Kim Euell10$135.00
Pasadena, CAMay 25-1:00pm-4:00pmCreative Nonfiction
CLOSED
Jervey Tervalon6$135.00
Pace University, NYCJune 28 - 10:00 am-4:00 pmWe Witness Testimonies
CLOSED
Elmaz Abinader25$260.00
New York CityJune 29 - 10:00am - 4:00 pmWe Witness Testimonies
CLOSED
Elmaz Abinader25$260.00
Oxford, MSAugust 3 & 4 - 11:00am-8:00pmEmploying Comedy to Work Through Trauma in Non-Fiction Writing
CLOSED
Kiese Laymon12$460.00
Minneapolis, MinnesotaAugust 17 - 10:00am - 3:30pmNarrative Construction in Fiction and MemoirDavid Mura12$260.00
Woodland, CA Sept. 15 - 10:00 am- 6 pm
Woodland Public Library
250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695






Writing What We'd Rather Forget, Transforming and Being Transformed
CLOSED
Reyna Grande12$260.00
New Orleans, LAAugust 22 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
826 NOLA
1750 St. Bernard Ave
Structure and Crisis: Mapping Out StoryDaniel Jose Older12$260.00
Oakland, CASeptember 14 - 10:00 am - 4:00pm Location : Mills College, Oakland CAWe Witness: Narrative From the Front Lines Elmaz Abinader25$260.00
Santa Fe, NMOctober 5 - 9:00am - 5:00pm, with optional pre/post-events TBA

Registration Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 28

Hybrid Stories for Hybrid Lives: Assembling the Mixed Experience Faith Adiele20$260.00
Miami, FloridaSaturday, Nov 8 and Sunday, Nov 9 Flash Your Fiction Under the Avocado TreeM. Evelina Galang$460.00
UCLA, CASaturday, Oct. 26
11: 00 am- 2:00pm
The Sunken Place: Writing Horror
Tananarive Due15$135.00
Pace University, NYSaturday, Oct. 26
TBD
The Last Writing Workshop You'll Ever Have to Take or How to Steal like a PoetJohn Murillo15$135.00
NYC, NY Saturday, Nov. 23
TBD
The Facts Outside of the LinesWillie Perdomo12$135.00