At every panel I’ve been on — from Romance Writers of America to San Diego Comic Con — there are always questions about writing: what it is we do and how we do it. I’m used to answering them — in fact, I enjoy it. But it’s never been a formal thing.
Last summer I was invited to teach a week-long workshop on Popular Fiction at the Stonecoast MFA program. Since then I’ve also led a couple masterclasses in fiction. I was so nervous the first time — nervous every time, really. But I enjoyed the process very much, and I loved the students. I loved talking constructively about what it is we do — from novels to comic books.
Which is a long way of saying that I’m teaching again this summer: VONA Voices: Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, the mission of which is to “develop emerging writers of color through programs and workshops taught by established writers of color.” Other writers include Junot Diaz, David Mura, Mat Johnson, Tananarive Due, and more.
I’ll be leading a workshop on Popular Fiction (mystery, romance, urban fantasy, etc) from June 22-28th, and the application period is almost over. You have until March 1st to submit your packet.
I attended Clarion East in 2004 and it was one of the most exciting, productive six weeks of my life. VONA has the same great energy, with the added benefit of its incredible diversity. For those with financial concerns (that would be all of us), there is a scholarship program: during the application process, you can request financial aid. Scholarship offers come upon acceptance — in general it’s partial tuition (about half) support, with the possibility of increased funding.
You can apply here. I encourage you to give it a shot — one week of your creative life, surrounded by other like-minded artists.