F284. Beyond Diversity: How to Run the Truly Inclusive Creating Writing Workshop

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How do we move beyond the vague concept of diversity to create truly inclusive workshops? In focusing on craft and ignoring the larger cultural context of our writing, we often sideline POC, queer, and other voices marginalized by the literary establishment. Speakers from GrubStreet, Warren Wilson, and the University of Houston will traditional pedagogy for inherent bias and offer strategies on navigating issues of identity to take workshops from simply diverse to truly inclusive.



Alison Murphy is the director of programs and marketing at GrubStreet, the nation's leading independent creative writing center. Her writing can be found in Men's Journal, Psychology Today, and WBUR's Cognoscenti, among other publications. She is at work on her first novel.

Jonathan Escoffery is an instructor and the program and advocacy manager at GrubStreet. He earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and an AWP Intro Award, and has appeared in Salt Hill Journal, the Caribbean Writer, and elsewhere.

Matthew Salesses's books include The Hundred-Year Flood; I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying; The Murder of the Doppelgänger (forthcoming); and Own Story: Essays (forthcoming). He has written for The New York Times, NPR, Salon, the Millions, and others. He's a PhD candidate at the University of Houston.

Eson Kim’s stories have appeared in Calyx Journal and The Massachusetts Review, among other publications. She is the recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship and the David B. Saunders Award. She is currently a GrubStreet instructor and Youth Program Fellow.

Dariel Suarez is the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs. He holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in several national literary magazine and journals, and he's currently a fiction instructor at GrubStreet.


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