F173. Workshops that Work, Workshops that Matter

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The workshop is the foundation of creative writing classes, but has it evolved to meet literary culture's diverse current needs? What conventions need rethinking? How do we talk about craft and not ignore its cultural implications? What practices might provide an encouraging and inclusive atmosphere for underrepresented students and limit reproductions of power? Four writers of color who teach share strategies to innovate and invigorate the workshop in ways that benefit all participants.



Michael Copperman

Joy Castro is the author of the literary thrillers Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the memoirs The Truth Book and Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Editor of the collection Family Trouble, she teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and the novel Pioneer Girl. She directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Matthew Salesses's books include The Hundred-Year Flood; I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying; The Murder of the Doppelgänger; and Own Story: Essays. He has written for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, VICE, and others. He is an assistant professor of English at Coe College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center