VONA/Voices Summer 2016


June 19-25, 2016 - Week One

June 26-July 2, 2016 - Week TwO


University of Miami



Week One: Tayari Jones

Week TwoM. Evelina Galang 


Week One: Willie Perdomo 

Week Two: John Murillo


Week One:  Andrew X Pham 

Week Two: Reyna Grande


Week One: Chitra Divakaruni

Week Two: David Mura

Week One:

Travel Writing: Faith Adiele

Political Content: Elmaz Abinader

LGBTQ Narrative: Minal Hajratwala

Week Two

Speculative Fiction: Tananarive Due

Young Adult Writing: Daniel José Older

Essay: Kiese Laymon

Application Available: January 12, 2016

Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

In all workshops,  writers exchange their works, share strategies and have the discussions vital to their craft, practices and lives as writers of color.

In the residencies, the writers work one-on-one with their master faculty member and meet with the residency group.

All writers of color are welcome to apply regardless of experience, age, or status.  

Please read application directions carefully. 

Workshop Descriptions are available


Others are forthcoming

I found a family at VONA. I arrived in Miami not knowing what to expect, but everyone was welcoming. Seeing so many writers of color at different levels and full of passion was beautiful and reaffirming. I felt pushed, encouraged and supported.
VONA was a transformative experience. My workshop instructor paid special attention to multicultural structures in memoir, as well as preparing us for interaction with the mainstream in relation to our writing style.