R287. Laboratory and Library: Workshop Models Conscious of Diversity and Difference

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote in The New York Times about how workshops can be hostile to underrepresented and marginal voices. The panelists, all seasoned creative writing teachers, will discuss ways to design creative workshops that do not privilege the “masculine” concerns of craft over “art that is also political, historical, theoretical, ideological and philosophical.” We will discuss our own successes—and failures—in building courses that attempt to create more inclusive and expansive workshops.


Rahul Mehta is the author of a novel, No Other World, and a short story collection, Quarantine, which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. He teaches creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Sybil Baker is the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, Into This World, Immigration Essays, and the forthcoming While You Were Gone. She teaches at UT Chattanooga, and she is on the faculty ofYale Writers Conference. A Tennessee Artist's Grant recipient, she is fiction editor at Drunken Boat.

Lisa Page is coeditor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing. Her work has appeared in VQR, Playboy, The Washington Post Bookworld, The Crisis, Origins, and American Short Fiction, and in several anthologies. She directs the creative writing program at George Washington University.

Brian Leung is the author of World Famous Love Acts: Stories, Lost Men, and Take Me Home. Ivy vs. Dogg is forthcoming. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Lambda Literary Award for a Mid-Career Novelist. He is the director of the creative writing program at Purdue University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside