The Anaphora Writing Residency, designed exclusively for writers of color, was held from May 31 to June 9 at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. The program featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, roundtable discussions, pitch sessions, a keynote, and networking opportunities with writers and publishing professionals. Participants had the opportunity to give and attend readings, as well as participate in field trips to local museums and art galleries in Los Angeles. Participating writers included poets Kwame Dawes and Natalie Diaz; poet and fiction writer Chris Abani; and fiction and nonfiction writers Yasmine El Rashidi and Roxane Gay (keynote speaker). Participating agents included Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary), Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit), and Anjali Singh (Ayesha Pande Literary). The cost of the program, which included tuition and private on-campus housing, was $3,000. Writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose, a letter of intent, bio, and list of publications with a $20 application fee by January 31. Several full and partial fellowships were available. Visit the website for the required application form and complete guidelines.
Anaphora Writing Residency, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. (424) 207-3792.