Saturday, May 15, 2010

23rd Writers’ Workshop Planned for UMass Boston

Contact: T. Michael Sullivan May 2010
Phone: 617-287-5850

23rd Writers’ Workshop Planned for UMass Boston

The William Joiner Center will hold its 23rd annual Summer Writers’ Workshop June 14 -25 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The workshop offers instruction in poetry, fiction and prose non-fiction to writers over the course of two weeks. New faculty includes the poets Aracelis Girmay and Naomi Ayala. Segments on multi-media art and writing are also offered to military veterans.
In addition to the workshop’s writing and review sessions, the program offers panels, master classes, symposia and special workshops, including translation and the Warrior Writers’ Project, which will train facilitators to work with veterans. In poetry and fiction a one-week option is available in addition to the two-week sections. Nahid Rachlin of New York University will return to lead the one-week fiction section. National Book Award winning novelist Larry Heinemann will instruct the two-week fiction section.
Writing on all topics is welcome, yet the faculty is sensitive to the themes of war, its consequences, political repression and violence, and social justice.
The 2010 workshop faculty is both distinguished and diverse. Haitian-American poet Danielle Legros Georges and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner will conduct poetry workshops, and the African-American poet Afaa Michael Weaver will conduct a translation segment. Bread and Puppet Theatre and the Odysseus Project will offer special segments within the overall workshop. Demetria Martinez and Lady Borton will instruct a section on writing memoir.
The fee for the 2010 Writers’ Workshop is: $400 for two weeks; $250 for one-week sections. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required, payable to the William Joiner Center and sent c/o Michael Sullivan, William Joiner Center, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393. Interested writers may apply on line at
For more information, call 617-287-5861 or email

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