another beautiful alternative to the po-bizz is VONA, The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation, based at the Univ of San Francisco. i’ve never had the pleasure of attending VONA, though i def plan to apply in the future.
also, read oscar’s report on his VONA experience here.
some descriptions of VONA from their website:
The VONA Voices Workshop is dedicated to nurturing developing writers of color. Held at the University of San Francisco each summer, writers come from around the country and around the globe to work with renowned writers of color. Co-sponsoring VONA on the USF campus are the Creative Writing Program at USF and the School of Education.
VONA writers have come from 6 different countries, 24 different states, they range from 16 years old to 80 years old–some are students, some have never gone on to school. Some have been writing all their lives, others just discovered their voices. Many have published, others are yet to complete a major work. They have one commonality: they are serious about their writing and they know that the Voices workshop gives them a unique experience and a great community.
note the word “community”. not a single time on the ALC website can you find the word “community”. why is that?