So, the good folks over at the Backstory website published my essay on the making of my latest novel, Right Side. Go check it out when you have time.
I know it's winter, but it's a good time to start being proactive about your summer VACATION time. If your HR folks allow, now is the time to schedule your time off for the whole year... including getting those coveted holidays and 3-day weekends NOW before it dawns on other people to schedule them off.
One of those vacation plans might include summer writing workshops... if you're a writer type. Why not try this one in San Francisco, which takes place around one of the happiest times of the year there, Pride season.
VONA (The Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation) is a non-profit organization associated with the University of San Francisco's School of Education that is dedicated to nurturing writers through the traditions, perspectives, and aesthetics of writers of color. Founded by Junot Diaz, Elmaz Abinader, and Diem Jones, the faculty has included Terry McMillan, Martin Espada, and Willie Perdomo. For more information, visit the VONA website.
Quick disclaimer... I did the program a few summers ago. Loved every minute of it!