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September 2019

VATC- We Witness: Narrative From the Front Lines with Elmaz Abinader

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mills Hall Room 318, 3rd floor Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613 United States

Registration closes Sept 5th.  Arab-American, Muslim and Middle Eastern writers are invited to this generative workshop in all genres. Our stories/poems/plays/essays serve as a witness to our experiences and our sense of history and culture. Using photographs, letters, articles, as well as, memory, inspiration, and disruption, we create works that deepen the story of our…

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October 2019

VATC- Hybrid Stories for Hybrid Lives: Assembling the Mixed Experience with Faith Adiele

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Academy for the love of learning, 133 Seton Village Rd
Sante Fe, NM 87508 United States
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Registration closes Sept 28th   POC and Indigenous writers who identify as hybrid or mixed (Multiracial/ Multicultural/ Multilingual/ Multinational, etc.) are invited to this generative workshop. Using personal and collective memories embedded in our bodies, as well as artifacts (photographs, letters, diaries, maps, and research), we will strategize how to challenge linear Western story structure…

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VATC- Give Me the loot! How to steal like a poet with John Murillo

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pace University New York, 1 Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038 United States

This is a three-hour poetry workshop with Faculty John Murillo "Good poets borrow, great poets steal."--T.S. Eliot “What we call originality is just a new amalgam of old influences.”—Marvin Bell In this class, we will explore strategies by which poets may enrich their own art by deliberately imitating their favorites... and their favorites' favorites! We…

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VATC- The Sunken Place Writing Horror with Tananarive Due

October 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

In this three-hour workshop, American Book Award winner, British Fantasy Award winner and VONA faculty Tananarive Due will discuss tools for writing effective horror, including characterization, the role of trauma, horror villains, world-building, creating suspense, the use of magic, and blending cultural heritage with fiction. There will be writing prompts. ** Bring your own lunch.

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November 2019

VATC- Flash Your Fiction Under the Avocado Tree with M. Evelina Galang

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - November 10 @ 5:00 pm
$260 – $460

Generate, refine, and workshop 500-word stories in the Garden of E. Miami, Fl

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VATC- The Facts Outside of the Lines with Willie Perdomo

November 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This 3-hour workshop seeks to explore what might be latent in a poem, or, in other words, where is the blood that accompanies the bones. Poems have a life outside of their form, so what is the data that informs the poem? When does a poet get to a point where they say, "That's not…

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