Native Tongues: Teaching Creative Writing to Multilingual International Students

Rooms 431-432, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Given how fundamental a writer's language is to the experience and portrayal of their world, how does the negotiation between a multilingual writer's “home” language and writing language (English) present both challenges and opportunities? Creative writing teachers from three continents explore how multilingual students can be supported and encouraged, and discuss conditions under which writers not only translate but also integrate plural languages and legacies into new experiences and thought.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_outline_for_Native_Tongues.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: 0146167208320555.pdf



Huan Hsu the author of The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China. His essays and fiction have appeared in Slate, the Guardian, The Literary Review, and Lucky Peach. He teaches journalism and creative writing at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.

Wade Geary is a lecturer at Amsterdam University College where he teaches writing and literature courses. In addition to his teaching duties, he is an academic advisor and the capstone coordinator.

Page Richards received her PhD in English and American literature and language from Harvard University and a master's degree in creative writing from Boston University. Chair of creative writing and theatre at The University of Hong Hong, she founded and directs The HKU Guild.

Hedgie Choi is an MFA candidate for fiction at the Writing Seminars. She received her MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers in 2021. She translated Pillar of Books by Moon Bo Young (Black Ocean, 2021) and cotranslated Hysteria by Kim Yideum (Action Books, 2019).


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