R181. Unsilencing the Undergraduate Workshop

Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Undergraduate workshops involve students from diverse backgrounds. Because of this, the traditional workshop model does not always work effectively. As Beth Nguyen states in “Unsilencing the Workshop”: “a system that relies on silencing and skewed power and endurance is a terrible system.” In this panel, experienced teachers will discuss their approaches to teaching undergraduate creative writing, and attendees will leave with practical models and practices to initiate in their classes.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP2020-UNSILENCING.docx
Supplemental Document 1: Sybil_BakerUnsilencing.docx



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.

Sybil Baker's most recent works are Immigration Essays and While You Were Gone (novel). She teaches at UT Chattanooga (A&S Teaching Award), VCFA's low-residency International MFA, and the Yale Writer's Workshop. She is on the editorial board of UT Press. 

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations, Southside Buddhist, and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. He is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College and the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection.

Robin Hemley is the founder of the NonfictioNow Conference and the author of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including the forthcoming Borderline Citizen: Dispatches from the Outskirts of Nationhood. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and three Pushcarts.

Leah Huizar is the author of Inland Empire, a forthcoming book of poems. Her writing and research interests draw on the cultural history of the west, Latinidad, and book culture. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Drake University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center