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Creative Writing for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers

Dates: 1st Wednesday December 2016 through June 2017, plus one Saturday in March
Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: The Loft, Performance Hall in the Open Book Building, second floor
1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, 55415 (map)
The specific dates for this 8-session class are: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, March 25 (Saturday - a writing day), April 5, May 3, and June 7.

This class is designed specifically to address the needs and interests of writers of color and indigenous writers.
The class is part of a series of classes that cover the writing process, issues, and traditions of writers of color and indigenous writers, and narrative and story structure through poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and essay. Participants are welcome to register for one, several, or all of the monthly sessions.

The class is designed for a fairly large group. It is NOT a workshop where the instructor provides feedback on the individual work of each student. 

Classes in the series  will include lecture, guest speakers, writing exercises, discussion, and selected readings mainly by authors of color and indigenous authors. 

This class is offered on a pay what you can basis with the suggested fee of $15 ($13.50 for Loft members, $0 for low income students) available online. No student will be turned away for not paying. You can register online or in person at each class, where there will also be an opportunity to pay whatever amount is appropriate to you.

After the class begins, reading and materials for each session will be sent via email, and posted in an online forum accessible to course registrants.

Contact: If you need help before or during the run of this class, contact Marion Gomez at

David Mura is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, fiction writer, critic, performance artist and playwright. He’s written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won the Josephine Miles/Oakland PEN Book Award and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. He is the author of the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire. His most recent collection of poetry, The Last Incantations, was published in 2014. His other poetry books are: Angels for the Burning, The Colors of Desire (Carl Sandburg Literary Award), and After We Lost Our Way (National Poetry Series Contest winner). His book of critical essays is Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity. His essays have appeared in Mother Jones, the New York Times, and numerous anthologies. He teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program and the VONA Writers’ Conference.