Applying for VONA/Voices Summer 2016

We are offering two one week sessions-June 19-25 and June 26-July 2

There are seven workshops per week. You can attend only one workshop per week but can apply for more than one. For example, you can pick Fiction as your first choice and Memoir as your second, but you can only attend one of these workshops.


Applications are now available

via submittable (click here)

The application deadline is March 15, 2016

only completed applications are eligible for review--please contact us regarding late applications.

Notification of acceptance is by April 15, 2016

April 22, 2016  deadline to confirm acceptance and pay non-refundable deposit of $100. 

Manuscripts for the workshop are uploaded to the virtual classroom site by May 23, 2016.

All fees are due by June 1, 2016.

Any writer or aspiring writer of color is eligible to apply. Prior workshop experience or publication is not required or considered as part of the application. The essay questions are weighed along with the written manuscript in evaluation of the application.



Writers are invited to attend 3 workshops in the same genre or topic. They may attend 2 additional workshops in different genres or topics. No more than 3 years may be consecutive.  

If you are an Alum of VONA/Voices who has had the maximum number of workshops (5), thank you for making your space available to new members of our community. 

The application requires a manuscript upload. Paginate your pages. Please save your document in .pdf or .doc. Include your name and the name of genre and faculty of your first choice of workshop. For example: jonesfictiongalang.doc

Poetry submissions: 5 - 10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

Prose Submissions: up to 20 pages of works in genre

Playwriting: up to 20 pages of script written for stage performance

Residency: up to 15 pages of a non-fiction, novel, short fiction or 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

Your application is not considered complete until you upload the manuscript and pay the application fee.

Please know that we keep the workshops to ten participants; therefore, providing a second choice of workshop increases your possibilities of attendance.

Please read the VONA/Voices Week before applying to become familiar with the commitment to the workshops. We consider the out of classroom experiences valuable to the participants and encourage all writers to take advantage of writing and social time.


Financial Aid Now Available

Because of a generous grant from the Surdna Foundation, VONA/Voices is offering 50 one-half tuition grants. Please attach a letter-of-need to your submittable application.


Nuts and Bolts

The workshop weeks take place: Week 1 June 19, 2016 to June 25, 2016, Week 2 June 26, 2016 to July 2, 2016. Attendance is required for all days of the workshop week you apply for.

We are located at the University of Miami at Coral Gables.  Housing is provided in dormitory rooms--each participant is provided with their own room unless a share is requested. 

Meals are included and have selections in the cafeteria for special diets, such as gluten-free and vegan. 


Fees for Tuition and Board


*Regular: Weeklong workshop $800 

*Residency: $800

*Room and Board: $650 (includes meal card) 

*A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required



Some tuition scholarships are available and we make efforts to grow our ability to support writers to come to VONA/Voices. We encourage writers to plan on finding support, as any scholarship can cover tuition costs (but not room and board). Scholarship opportunities will be announced at the time of application.