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11/08/2011 Application Deadline: VONA/Voices at the University of Miami


The University of Miami's MFA in Creative Writing Program and VONA Voices Writing Workshop announce the first VONA/Voices regional writing workshop to be held January 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the University of Miami. 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.  This pilot “winter” program was initiated by writer, M. Evelina Galang, Director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami, and Diem Jones, Executive Director of VONA, who have collaborated on designing an intensive 3 day, daylong workshops in the following:

Telling our Tales in Fiction and Non-Fiction with Mat Johnson

The writers offer stories to each other that present a narrative representation of a story of family, culture, place, and situation. Theses portrayals whether fact or fiction have a dynamic life in the narrative. The participants exchange their work and share their ideas.

Blogging, Logging, an On-line Presence with Elmaz Abinader

As the contemporary Belle Lettres, Blogging is the journal of the times. As strongly personal as it is, the imperative is to inspire outwardly. The bloggers study contemporary themed and unthemed blogs and generate pieces in the workshop; which are shared and studied.

Poetry, Lyricizing and Speaking with Willie Perdomo

Acknowledging the traditions of written, spoken, drummed, danced and signed poem, the poets in this class develop their works with a consciousness of their place in the Diaspora, the anxiety of identity and the demand of the public voice. The participants exchange their work and share their ideas.

The workshops will begin on Friday, January 13 and end with a participant writer reading on Sunday, January 15.  Writers in the workshops will exchange their work, discuss craft and strategy, generate new writing, and develop writing communities. Classes will be held at on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus.

Interested applicants can APPLY NOW by completing an application form and supplying a writing sample:

Poetry: 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages) Prose (fiction or nonfiction):  up to 20 pages Blog:  10-15 pages of creative work (does not need to be blog-type)


Applications: November 8, 2011. Applicants notified by December 1, 2011. Deposit:  December 10, 2011 Payment in full:  December 22, 2011.

Words are Mightier is open all writers-of-color with or without experience in workshopping, writing or publishing.  “This opportunity is particularly appealing to writers who haven’t been able to attend our West Coast workshops because of the time and financial commitment. We welcome both VONA alums and new writers to apply” says Diem Jones,

The three workshops will be limited to 10-12 writers and will meet Friday - Sunday between 9am-12:30 pm and 2:30pm-5pm.  A faculty reading, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday night. The workshop participants will present their work on Sunday night.

The tuition for the weekend is $475 and those seeking residency will be offered a special lodging price at the Holiday Inn .

Who is VONA?  Established in 1999, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation has presented the Voices Writing Workshops at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley for 12 consecutive years. The VONA Voices Writing Workshop is dedicated to nurturing developing writers of color. Each year nearly 140 writers come from around the country and around the globe to work with renowned writers of color.

As the only Multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, VONA provides developing writers a place where they can explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding, where they can exchange with great writers ideas and inspirations, where they can gain empowerment to move from VONA to a writer's life with authority and confidence.  The University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing warmly welcomes the VONA/Voices community for this special weekend of workshops.

For more about VONA/Voices, go to


Online Writing Classes for Moms: The Momoir Project


From She Writes: Online Writing Classes for Moms: The Momoir Project

with Cori Howard

$395 for a 3-month course

 Starts October 6, 2011

Learn the art of the “momoir” in this exciting new online class.  The class is aimed at moms of all ages and stages who are interested in learning how to translate their personal experiences and memories of motherhood into words. Whether you want to write as a keepsake for yourself or your children, or whether you want to start a blog, improve your blog or get published in a newspaper, magazine or book, this course will help guide you, inspire you and get you writing.

Class time is held in an online forum where students get a chance to discuss writing and other personal essays on motherhood with other moms around the world. There are several parts to the course: a series of forums where the instructor posts a lesson and questions and you get to comment and respond to other student’s comments. There are six forums held once every two weeks over a 5-hour period.

Forum discussions will focus on your writing and the readings (with the class you are given a fabulous and inspiring reading package, consisting of the best essays on motherhood carefully culled and selected by Cori Howard, editor of Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood, and founder of The Momoir Project.)

Every two weeks, you will complete a new writing assignment, as well as read about two essays. Over the three month session, we will cover the essential elements of writing a momoir, and you will develop your own personal essay, as well as six shorter pieces. As well, you will learn how to start a blog, improve your blog and how to publish in publications - both in print and online, and how to pitch your stories and ideas to editors and publishers.

Reading and writing assignments have been designed with the busy mom in mind. The class is very manageable, no matter how heavy your mother-load.


Arts Website: Planting Rice


Planting Rice is an alternative platform aimed at fostering the rise of cross-pollination among artistic communities. It distributes information on vital exhibitions, events, places and influences by art professionals in Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States and Europe who maintain networks and crossovers in the Philippines.

This site generates a resource of writings on current discussions and collaborations that are developing beyond available publications or mainstream spaces. Additionally it recovers an archive relevant to the present climate of cultural interchanges in contemporary art.

Planting Rice is the curatorial banner of Lian Ladia and Sidd Perez.

Art of Hustle: Where Art Meets Entrepreneurship


"Creative minds are needlessly dragging through ineffectiveness and disorder. ART OF HUSTLE equips people with new perspectives and valuable tools, cultivating fresh leadership in our communities." Dear PAWA community, if you believe it's time to get serious about your careers as artists, here is another place you can start: Anthem Salgado's Art of Hustle.

How ART OF HUSTLE Will Contribute To Your Success

If you want to organize your ideas into action, if you want to increase your visibility, if you want to find ways to achieve your goals in this economy, you’re in the right place. I break down business and marketing practices, and give you simple, actionable steps to help you fine tune your operations.

FAQ's are here.

East Bay Community Foundation: East Bay Fund for Artists


For Organizations ( Word ) For Artists ( Word )

Next Deadline: December 12, 2011 (midnight).

EBCF will be distributing $100,000* over two years to match on a 1-to-1 basis donor contributions for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Organizations and Artists wishing to apply should follow the eligibility guidelines listed below.

EBCF's overall goals for this work:

  • Support for composers, playwrights, choreographers, visual and media artists in the Bay Area;
  • Engagement of donors;
  • Creation of new works for East Bay organizations.

Eligibility Requirements:

For Organizations For Artists

EBFA Review process:

The deadline for the next round of grants is December 12, 2011 (midnight).

We will inform you of the decision and amount of the grant by March 2012.

You will have 90 days (For Organizations) or 120 days (For Artists) to secure your funding.

* EBFA is part of LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity), a national initiative to improve conditions for artists in all disciplines. To learn more, please visit Funds for the EBFA come from the Ford Foundation’s LINC Initiative, The James Irvine Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, The Wattis Foundation, The William, and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation and our donors.

Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists


ABOUT THE ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP The Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American media artists to capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities,  access to facilities and equipment plus a stipend to create five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.

See a list of past AWC alumni and select video works.


The 2011-2012 Armed With A Camera Fellowship is accepting submissions May 1 - July 29, 2011. Up to 10 artists will be selected for the Fellowship. We will announce the new class of Fellows in August.


Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC.  ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time.  Through the ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP, emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

Final projects must be shot in digital video format and completed by March 30, 2012.  A special program will showcase all completed projects at various VC exhibitions across the city of Los Angeles, including the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.  VC will co-own the productions and will also package and distribute completed works.  Distribution income will aid in the continuation of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship.

Applicant Eligibility  Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent, 30 years or younger in the year 2012, residents of California and have had previous work in The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival or any other VC exhibition and/or any Film Festival—this may include on-campus student festivals. If accepted, Fellows must be able to attend mandatory meetings and workshops in Los Angeles.Women, South Asian and Southeast Asian filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply to the AWC Fellowship. If you’re not sure of your eligibility, please contact Visual Communications.

Project Criteria

All projects must conform to the following guidelines: •    Final piece must be a new, original work •    Final piece must be shot in digital video format •    Final piece must be completed by March 30, 2012 for inclusion in the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival •    Total length of final piece must not exceed five minutes •    If budget for each project exceeds $500, you must show/explain other sources of funding •    Animation, documentary and experimental pieces are encouraged.

Fellowship Selection Process  Up to ten artists will be selected each year based on their demonstrated commitment to the arts, production and exhibition experience, and the quality of their sample work. Consideration will be given to communities that have been underserved and underrepresented in the media arts.  A review panel composed of community members, media artists, and curators will judge the work based on artistic innovation, feasibility within the timeline, and budget of their proposed projects.  Applicants will be contacted by the last week of August 2011.

How to Apply 

Please send the following: •    Information Cover Sheet (Click Here to download) •    Letter of intent •    Resume •    Project Treatment (2 page maximum) •    Project Timeline (All projects must begin in November 2011 and must be completed by March 30, 2012) •    Budget (if proposed budget exceeds $500, you must show/explain other sources of funding; budget items may include artist stipend, equipment, supplies, location fee, food, etc.) •    Sample work cued to five minutes •    Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of sample work

DEADLINE: Received by 5PM, July 29, 2011.  For any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Kennedy Kabasares at (213) 680-4462 x32 or by email.

Email to: Fax: (213) 687-4848 Mail to:Visual Communications, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Basement Level, Los Angeles, CA 90012Attn: Kennedy Kabasares/AWC

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS  Founded in 1970, Visual Communications is the first Asian Pacific media arts center in the nation.  The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.  Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.

Armed with a Camera Fellowship is partially funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

Boxcar Station: Articles, advice, and ideas for first book poets


Here's a new blog from author, editor, and Kundiman Fellow Neil Aitken: Boxcar Station. The blog will feature helpful advice, articles, and resources to help poets through the various stages of writing, publishing, and promoting a first book of poetry. Two recent posts of interest:

To learn more, go to

07/30/2011: PAWA Workshop: How to Submit Your Work for Publication


PAWA WORKSHOP with Barbara Jane Reyes: How to Submit Your Work for Publication

Bayanihan Center, Mission Street @ 6th, San Francisco.

Saturday, July 30th, starting promptly @ 10 am

Registration: Sliding Scale ($25-35 for students with valid student ID; $35-50 general).

Please make checks payable to: Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. P.O. Box 31928 San Francisco, CA 94131-0928

Include “07/30/2011 workshop” on the memo line.

Paypal option is here:

What to Bring: yourselves, your questions, your current submissions packets, your current submissions calls resources.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and emerging writers with limited or no experience with the submissions process, or writers with some submissions experience, who would like to refine or clarify their own current processes.

For more information, please email:

I have the space reserved from 10 am until 2 pm, and will use that entire time if necessary, to present, to discuss, to answer questions.

The rationale for this workshop: For some time now, I have been receiving a volume of email questions, many people asking me how to submit work, how to make a submission, how to determine where to submit. There is no single or quick way to answer these questions adequately, especially via email, especially when I do not know the writer and/or his/her publication experience/history.

I am therefore conducting a workshop via PAWA, so that I can have the space to answer these questions in a non-virtual forum, but first, break it down: What are the do’s and don’t's. In other words, what are our commandments, and what are our cardinal sins.

  • I will compile and present resources, places where I find submissions calls.
  • We will discuss how and where we decide to submit our work.
  • We will discuss literary journals, magazines, anthologies. We will discuss print and online publication.
  • We will talk about cover letters and bio statements.
  • We will read a number of sample submissions calls carefully for the directions that we must follow. What does each publication require? For example: What are their page limits and formatting specifics, what are their policies on snail mail versus online submissions, on unpublished or previously published work?
  • We will discuss ways of recording/tracking our submissions. Finally, we will Q&A until we’re good and done.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), recently noted as a finalist for the California Book Award. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her chapbooks, Easter Sunday (2008), Cherry (2008), and West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems (2008) are published by Ypolita Press, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, and Deep Oakland Editions, respectively. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Arroyo Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Chain, Filipinas Magazine, Hambone, Hyphen, Interlope, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, Latino Poetry Review, Maganda, New American Writing, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West Review, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, among others.

Paypal option is here: Indicate in your note: "July 30."

You will receive a confirmation from Paypal for your payment and a second confirmation from PAWA.

Thank You.