Callaloo Writing Workshop

For those of you who are familiar with the VONA and Hurston/Wright writing workshops, you should also be aware of Callaloo. What’s so great about Callaloo is that it’s FREE! All you have to pay for is room and board. I would love to attend this year, but will be in Mexico for the summer. If I was in town, you could stay with me for a small fee, but that ain’t happening. Here is a bit of information found on the Callaloo website:

The Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops, a project of the literary journal Callaloo, are designed to assist new and developing writers by providing intensive and individual instruction in the writing of fiction and poetry. Students and faculty will work and live together for the duration of the two-week workshops, as well as meet in groups for three hours each day and in individual conferences when necessary.

The poetry workshops will admit nine applicants, and the fiction workshops will admit only six. The faculty will give readings for the general public, and the workshop members will celebrate the last two evenings with small audiences comprised of workshop participants and invited guests.

The workshops, along with required books and supplies, are free to all participants, but participants will be responsible for their travel and board.

TO APPLY: Applicants must send a brief cover letter and a writing sample (up to eight pages of poetry or twenty pages of prose) to

Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops
Dept. of English, Texas A&M University
TAMU 4227
College Station, Texas 77843-4227

The application postmark deadline is Friday, May 30, 2008. Applications will be evaluated on an on-going basis until the workshops are filled, but a waiting list will be maintained in the event of cancellations.

Although this year’s faculty hasn’t been announced, last year included Tayari Jones, Mat Johnson, Tracy K. Smith, and Terrance Hayes. I’m willing to answer any questions about my previous workshop experiences. I’d also love to provide any tips on visiting the College Station area. Just ask!

Happy reading ya’ll!


One thought on “Callaloo Writing Workshop

  1. I also have a blog here on WP. I applied to Callaloo. I wasn’t sure what they look for so I just sent in a few of what I consider to be my best pieces and wrote a very honest cover letter. Wish me luck!

    Oh, and I’m adding you to my blogroll..if you don’t mind.


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