Asian American Writers' Workshop

August 30, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 11am - 5pm
Memoir Workshop with Amitava Kumar
This workshop on memoir will focus on voice and on craft. In the first part of the workshop we will clarify how in the case of each writer the normal, everyday voice differs from the writing voice. During the discussion on craft, our main goal will be to recognize, beneath description, what our writing is really about.

Saturday, September 23, 1 - 6pm
Intensive Playwriting Course with David Henry Hwang
An intensive daylong course designed to help playwrights access their unconscious and stimulate dialogue, character development and theatrical moments for the stage. Session will feature professional advice about writing for the theatre, working in/for the stage, landing an agent and a first production.

Thursday, September 28, 7pm - 9pm
The Workshop's 15th Anniversary Party! Presentation of The Lifetime Achievement Award to Maxine Hong Kingston and the announcement of the 2006 Asian American Literary Award Winners

Friday, September 29
The Woman Warrior @ 30
Cosponsored with the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute at NYU and The National Book Foundation. A daylong event commemorating Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, comprised of readings, panels, and reflections with speakers including David Eng and Sukhdev Sandhu and a roster of other scholars and artists. The tribute culminates in a performance at the Workshop.

Starts October 7, ends November 11, 1 - 5 pm
Youth Workshop: 51%: A Female Journalists Initiative
An six-week Saturday series of workshops on oral history interviews, community news reporting, freelance pitches, radio commentary and interviewing techniques while covering stories from participants' neighborhoods, schools and families. Open to aspiring female journalists, grades 9-12.

Date to be Announced
Short Story Workshop with Susan Choi
An intensive workshop focused on the craft of the short story. Discussion will focus on jump-starting your writing, troubleshooting and revising, creative exercises, thoughtful critique, and group feedback in a supportive environment. For beginning, serious writers.

Thursday, October 26, 7pm
Book Launch: Topography of War
Join editors Andrea Louie and Johnny Lew for a special launch event to mark the publication of the Workshop's latest anthology, Topography of War: Asian American Essays.

Saturday, October 28, 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Speed Dating Round 2: Short Story Clinic
Cosponsored with Poets & Writers. In Speed Dating Round 2, short story writers are paired up one-on-one with editors. Personal feedback, professional advice and criticism make this a valuable opportunity for writers to have a look into the publishing market for the short story.

Saturday, November 11, 7pm
The Daddy Project
Cosponsored by New York Theater Workshop. A night of four performance pieces presented by professional actors, authored by Jesse Cameron Alick, Quang Bao, Christopher Murray and Joshua Pushkin. An intimate look at the relationship between men and their dads.

Thursday, November 16
Filipino Immigration
Readings by Fil-Am writers Sarah Gambito, Paolo Javier, Eric Gamalinda, Luis Cabalquinto, Gina Apostol and TaiYo. Honoring those who preceded them, reflecting the creative literature penned by generations of Filipino and Filipino-Americas.

Monday, December 4, 7pm
The 9th Annual Asian American Literary Awards
Here's to throwing prose, cocktails, and well-deserved kudos into the shaker and seeing what comes out, awarding the best in Asian American fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of 2005.

Date To Be Announced
Michael Ondaatje
One of the most exciting voices in contemporary literature, Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, reads from selected work. A stunning fusion of jazz rhythms, film montage technique, and profoundly beautiful language, encompassing memoir, poetry, and film, revealing a passion for defying conventional form.

For a list of fall writing workshops, go here, go here for a list of events or call 212.494.0061.


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.