Vanessa Hua

Writing Across Cultures with Vanessa Hua

September 17, 2022
11:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Ticket sales end: September 15, 2022

About this workshop

"Can I write about that?" The question of cultural appropriation is a complicated one, and so too its answers. In this discussion class, we’ll examine strategies for researching and portraying lives unlike our own, that reflect social and historical context and the fullness of a character’s humanity. We'll work on writing exercises and discuss texts by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Toni Morrison, Elaine Castillo, among others, along with Vanessa Hua’s own interviews with authors who write responsibly and respectfully across race, age, gender, class, and other elements of identity.

Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists, and has been called a "marvel" by O, The Oprah Magazine, and "delightful" by The Economist. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities a New York Times Editors' Choice, received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award, and a New American Voices Award. Her novel, Forbidden City—called “magnificent” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “new classic” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “masterful” by the Washington Postis a national bestseller.

Ticket details

Tickets to attend this workshop are $150. Cancellations or refunds are only honored until one week before the workshop date; after that date, all ticket sales are final.