Upcoming Workshops

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Feedback from past participants

I had the opportunity to join a craft seminar on memoir led by H'Rina DeTroy through DVAN this fall and it was such a lovely experience to be in a writing space with fellow writers from the Southeast Asian diaspora. H'Rina facilitated a warm, welcoming space for writers at all stages of memoir-writing, and shared lessons and frameworks to jumpstart (or continue) our memoir writing. By leading us through a close reading of House of Sticks by Ly Tran and providing thoughtful writing prompts throughout the series, H'Rina helped me think about what kind of voice and stories I want to tell through my own writing.


Participant of the October 2023 DVAN Writing Series in Memoir: Craft

I love getting writing prompts designed for diasporic writers like myself. It's generative. It triggers creative writing sprees that otherwise wouldn't happen. It helps me move forward when I'm stuck. It nudges me to think about things that I otherwise wouldn't connect to my personal story.

A. Nguyen

Participants of the October 2022 DVAN x MULTI-VERSES Collab Seminar: Mapping Our Immigrant Origin Stories

Past Workshops

DVAN’s Memoir Writing Series: Craft

Our upcoming Memoir Writing Series will provide aspiring and emerging memoir writers a chance to hone their craft within a culturally specific Vietnamese/Southeast context. A three-part sequence of online classes, this workshop covers craft, writing exercises, and editing, and prepares participants for publication. Award-winning writer, DiaCritic’s contributing editor, and workshop instructor, H’Rina DeTroy will once again lead this online memoir classes in creative writing. 
Oct 18, 2023 - Nov 01, 2023
4:00 pm
Online Event

DVAN Workshop Series: Introduction to Memoir

In this two-hour workshop , we will explore how to take the raw material of our lives and begin to shape it into the narratives that make memoir a compelling and popular literary genre. This offering gives writers with little to no experience in the genre of memoir a chance to jump right in and generate new writing. Participants will walk away with ideas for shaping the raw material of their lives – personal experience, family history, insight & reflection, etc. – into authentic and engaging narratives.
Mar 11, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online Event
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