Literary Boot Camp – A free creative writing workshop for women of color at Kelly Writers House

kwhDATES: March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9 & April 16
TIME: Wednesday evenings, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania (3805 Locust Walk)

A boot camp for women writers of color, this multi-genre workshop invites literary artists working in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to share and develop their writing and transform their work habits. Each participant will submit their work for discussion and critique by their peers. Participants will complete in-class writing exercises and prompts, as well as short homework assignments. This workshop will be most useful for writers who are working on a project on which they would like feedback, or who are ready to jumpstart a new project. It will meet for a total of five sessions, the first of which will be an organizational meeting. Enrollment is limited to 12.

ELIGIBILITY: The workshop is open to individuals who are adult women of color with an existing writing practice and not enrolled in any degree-granting program. Workshop participants must also be able to commit to attending  every session.

TO APPLY:  By Monday, February 24, 2014 (at midnight), please submit up to 10 pages of a writing sample, along with a single-page cover letter that includes your name, contact information, and a couple paragraphs about yourself, your current projects, and what you hope to accomplish in this workshop. Email materials to with LITERARY BOOTCAMP APPLICATION as the subject line.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, March 7.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: A. Naomi Jackson is the 2013-2014 ArtsEdge resident at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in brilliant corners, The Encyclopedia Project, The Caribbean Writer, and Sable. Her short story, “Ladies” was the winner of the 2012 BLOOM chapbook contest. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center and received the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She co-founded the Tongues Afire creative writing workshop at the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn in 2006.


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