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10/21 - 12/16/2012: Political Content & Engagement FREE Writing Workshop


PAWA is proud to co-sponsor this free and important writing workshop.


in story, memoir, and poetry


five FREE writing workshops participants’ reading gala “i am ND” anthology


DATES | Oct. 21, 2012 at 2pm–4pm and every other Sunday onwards (11/04, 11/18, 12/02, 12/16)

LOCATION | Mills College 5000 MacArthur Boulevard (Room TBA)


instructor melissa r. sipin and hosted by

ANAKBAYAN East Bay TAYO Literary Magazine Philippine American Writers & Artists Mills College

“Every colonized people—in other words, every people in whose soul an inferiority complex has been created by the death and burial of its local cultural originality—finds itself face to face with the language of the civilizing nation; that is, with the culture of the mother country. The colonized is elevated above his jungle status in proportion to his adoption of the mother country’s cultural standards.”

— Frantz Fanon

This political content & engagement workshop invites writers to shape their memoir, poetry, prose, or performance work with an emphasis on impacting perceptions, be thy political, personal, social, literary, or cultural. We exchange our writing and develop voice and authority while working on techniques to elevate the richness and toughness of our voice. We read and analyze authors to observe how they effectively move the reader, affect perception, and perhaps opinion. Class discussions focus how our work affects how we are perceived and how the events of the world are understood. The elements of each genre are addressed as well.

To join, please fill out this form. Contact for more information.

amplify your writing cultivate your craft


See you there!

Writing Workshops: VONA Miami (For Writers of Color)


The Manuel G. Flores Prize Fund supports Pin@y VONA writers!

Via University of Miami:


Chris Abani, Willie Perdomo, M. Evelina Galang and Elmaz Abinader conduct workshops

VONA Voices Writing Workshop and the University of Miami's MFA in Creative Writing Program announces the return of the VONA/Voices regional writing workshop, at the University of Miami (UM), January 18-20, 2013.

"Miami, as a location and an environment, reflects the spirit of the VONA/Voices Workshops with its diversity and sense of communities," says Diem Jones, executive director of VONA. "We are very excited to return to 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. The success of last year's workshop, held over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend, has inspired another year of offerings in Miami, where culture and arts converge both off and on the UM campus.

M. Evelina Galang, director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami, approached Jones about the workshops in Miami after her first stint as faculty in the summer workshops.

"As a VONA/Voices instructor during the summer, it's always a great joy to be with students so hungry and willing to learn and do the work. These tough young writers go into deep territory, sometimes lost and sometimes stuck, but always willing to move," Galang says.

Workshops begin Friday, January 18, 2013 and end with a participant writer reading on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Writers in the workshops will exchange their work, discuss craft and strategy, generate new writing, and develop writing communities.

All writers of color are encouraged to apply. VONA/Voices encourages the world of writers, from those just exploring their voice to writers with projects in progress. The three workshops will be limited to 10 to 12 writers and will meet Friday through Sunday, from 9am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-5pm. A faculty reading, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday night at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The workshop participants will present their work on Sunday night.

Applicants will be able to apply online beginning September 15, 2012. The application deadline is November 5; selection notifications will be completed by November 15, 2012. Tuition for the weekend is $550; a special rate at the Holiday Inn by the UM campus is available to participants.

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 13 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


  1. Follow the Apply link ( to the application form and answer all the questions. Once you begin the application, you can't save it and return, so read it through before you begin.
  2. Email a sample of your writing: 20 pages of prose or 10-15 pages of poetry . Be sure your document name indicates the workshop and your name. For instance, Fiction-Hughes.doc
  3. Send the $25. non-refundable application fee.

The application is due: November 5, 2012.

Click here for more information.

Call for Applicants: VONA Workshops 2012


Apply to VONA.

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.

As the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, we provide 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.

VONA was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Diaz and Diem Jones in 1999 at the University of San Francisco.

Deadline April 9, 2012.

More info here.

02/01 - 02/23/2012: STANDUP STIFFIES "Tight Five" COMEDY WORKSHOP (Bindlestiff, SF)


Course Length: 7 classes – 2 to 3 hours each (16 hours total) & Grad Show! Location: Bindlestiff Studio Instructor: Comic - Allan Manalo Cost: $160 [Early Bird Special $99]

DATES: Wed. Feb 1 from 7p - 9p (2 hrs) Fri. Feb. 3 from 7p - 9p (2 hrs) Thurs. Feb. 9 from 7p - 9p (2 hrs) Fri. Feb. 10 from 7p - 9p (2 hrs) Sat. Feb. 11 from 12p - 3p (3 hrs) Optional Wed. Feb. 15 from 7 - 9p (2 hrs) Sat. Feb. 18 from 12p - 3p (3 hrs) Wed. Feb. 22 at 7pm Wordy Word Open Mic Thurs. Feb. 23 at 8pm Graduation Show!

So you heard the magic words from friends and relatives – “You’re so funny.. YOU SHOULD BE A COMEDIAN!” Now you think you’re the next Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, or Margaret Cho? Then this class is NOT for you.... But, if you’re a true masochist and don’t mind feeling inches tall as drunk patrons heckle your every word, then welcome to the true world of standup comedy. This class will teach you the basics of standup comedy and will prepare you for a 3 to 5 minute set you will perform in a live graduation show at Bindlestiff Studio

This 16-HOUR workshop will cover the basics in classic standup comedy including: - Comfort on Stage - Microphone Technique - How to Find Material - How to Write a Joke: Setting up + Punchlines - Comic Timing - Stage Persona, Characterization and Point-Of-View - Various Standup Styles (video and audio examples of today’s hottest comics) - The “Tight Five” - Open Mics - Crowd Control: Reading an audience and handling hecklers - The Comedy Ladder - Other Gigs: Comedy Writer’s Life

The class will culminate in a special STANDUP STIFFIES [GRADUATION] COMEDY SHOW for grads of this class. The show will be in front of a live audience at Bindlestiff Studio

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Allan S. Manalo began his standup comedy career in San Francisco when the Internet was were you placed your raw chicken bait when crabbing. He has performed at various comedy clubs and college campuses through out 46-States, 2 continents, and 23 steak houses. He has a college degree in Theatre Arts, a B.S. in BS and has taught standup comedy in 2 countries.

2012 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices


Via Lambda Literary:

The Lambda Literary Foundation is proud to announce details for the 2012 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the only queer writers residency in the world. The Retreat will be held July 28 – August 4, 2012 on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles.

Faculty include Dorothy Allison teaching the Fiction workshop, Cris Beam teaching the Nonfiction workshop, Jewelle Gomez teaching the Poetry workshop, and Alex Sanchez teaching LLF’s first ever workshop in Young Adult Fiction.  See faculty bios below.

“We are thrilled with this year’s stellar lineup of faculty,” said LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela.  “They will mentor another gifted group of writers who will have their lives transformed by this Retreat.  Lambda Fellows represent the future of LGBT literature.”

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices was established in 2007 as the newest program of the Lambda Literary Foundation and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community.

Applicants of the Retreat submit twenty pages of fiction/nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry that are evaluated for craft, creativity and originality.  Eight to twelve students per workshop  are accepted into the competitive program where they spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending lectures by publishing industry professionals. Click here to apply. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and scholarships are available. The LLF Writers Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.


All applications must be postmarked by or before April 16, 2012.

10/23/2011: PAWA Presents a Hip-Hop Theater Workshop with Kilusan Bautista at Bindlestiff Studio


[caption id="attachment_4454" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image design: Bryan Marcelino"][/caption] Hip Hop Theater: Healing & Cultural Empowerment

How can the Hip Hop generation reclaim its voice and use the aesthetics of Hip Hop culture for personal healing and cultural empowerment? Universal Filipino, written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, is a solo Hip Hop Theater Production that explores the dual identity processes for Filipino Americans in a modern, multicultural racist America. An excerpt of the full production will be presented along with an in-depth discussion based on the themes of Universal Filipino. Lets share our personal histories in order to move forward as a united community that embraces the personal and political sides of our historical movement.

All ages and ethnicities are welcome to join. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

Where: Bindlestiff Studio • 185 Sixth Street • San Francisco, CA 94103 When: Sunday October 23, 2011 • 1-4 pm Tuition: $10-15 sliding scale suggested for students/teachers/artists; $15-25 general. Please make checks payable to PAWA (please write "10/23 workshop" on the memo line)  • PO Box 31928 • San Francisco, CA 94131-0928 (paypal option here; please scroll down)

About Kilusan Bautista: Actor, experimental performance artist, playwright and humanitarian, Kilusan Bautista is an emerging voice for Diasporic Asian Pacific Americans raised within the Hip Hop Generation. Kilusan means movement in the Philippines and he was given this name in 1999 as a reminder to live as a conscious and caring global citizen. Originally from San Francisco, CA, and currently based in New York City, Kilusan combines the performance elements of theater, spoken word poetry, martial arts and interpretive movement.

He has appeared on Showtime as the opening act for Top Rank Boxing Light Weight Champion Nonito Donaire (2008). Kilusan was published in the Philippine News after winning the Grand prize for a State-wide letter writing contest sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities (2005). He was awarded the Congressional Community Service Award -Kabataan Komemorative- in 2006 by CA Senator Tom Lantos. Kilusan Bautista's new work, "Universal Filipino," has toured throughout the United States of North America with the purpose of building cross cultural unity and personal healing through the performance arts.