30th William Joiner Institute Writers’ Workshop pamphlet cover with artwork by Asmaa Al Hassan titled

Writers’ Workshop

30th Annual Writers' Workshop Festival and Celebration - June 26th - June 30th 2017

(portion of Ishtar's Pain by Asmaa Al Hassan)

  • Check out photos from our 30th Writers' Workshop and Poetry and Music Celebration online here. 

  • Click here to download the full size flyer.

  • The Writers' Workshop Festival celebrated 30 years of community and creative responses to war and continued our tradition of focusing on the intersections of writing, war, social justice, and peace making. Workshop faculty included Vietnam and Iraq veterans and others whose works have addressed the experience of war and peace making.

  • The 2017 Writers' Workship Festival featured:

    • Master Classes taught by distinguished faculty in Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction and Drama.

    • Readings by acclaimed writers, veterans, and students.

    • Roundtable discussions on the legacies of the Vietnam War; Race, Refugees, Immigration, and War; and Modern Wars in the Middle East.

    • 30th Joiner Institute Writers' Workshop Poetry and Music Celebration - Tuesday, June 27 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall. Free and open to the public. With Yusef Komunyakaa, Carolyn Forche, Bruce Weigl, Kevin Bowen, and Vietnamese Poetry in Translation. Music by Iraqi musician Layth Sidiq, the UMB Jazz Trio, and more.

    • Warrior Writers, who facilitate writing as a creative outlet for young veterans, primarily of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, will hold workshops and events and be celebrating their 10 year anniversary as an organization.

    • Participants were able to choose one of three Master Classes to attend each day (M-F) in the genre of their choice and were invited to attend all faculty and student readings, roundtable discussions and our Poetry and Music Celebration at the Boston Public Library on June 27.

  • 2017 Faculty and Visiting Writers: ​

    • Brian Turner, Danielle Legros Georges, Bruce Weigl, Amir al-Azraki, Fred Marchant, Martha Collins, Sean Davis, Lady Borton, Anne Loyer, Lovella Calica.

      Recently added: Michael Patrick MacDonald and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa.

      Visiting Writers: Carolyn Forché, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nguyen Ba Chung, and visiting writers from Vietnam​ Nguyễn Quang Thieu, ​Nguyễn Thuy Kha, Nguyễn Ngọc Mộc.

  • Tuition: $300 for one week workshop, $150 for post-9/11 veterans and refugees. 
  • Location: University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dates: June 26-June 30, 2017
  • Contact: Please direct any questions to Mitch Manning at mitch.manning@umb.edu or 617-287-5863.
  • Writers' Workshop Application: Click here for application. In a separate email, please send a writing sample in your genre, up to 10 pages, to joinerinstitute@umb.edu with the subject line: "WJI 2017 Writing Sample - Your Name". If you work in two genres, it is okay to include both in your writing sample. Please send writing samples in .doc or .pdf files. 
  • A note to past participants:

    This year's Writers' Workshop Festival will be a bit different in its format. Rather than an intensive two week workshop with a single faculty member, this year's one-week workshop will be more of a writers' festival and will allow students to attend a different master class or craft class each day in a genre of their choosing. Some may wish to take a poetry class each day, while others may wish to sample various genres and styles like memoir, fiction, drama, or non-fiction. 
    To be clear, there will not be opportunities to intensively study and workshop with one faculty member for the whole week. Rather, writers will have a chance to study with five different faculty members during the week, and generate new work and ideas for your writing process. There will be informal faculty "office hours" two afternoons during the week, where participants will have a chance to talk with faculty about their writing in process. 
  • The Writers' Workshop Festival was supported in part by Brighton Marine Health Center, by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
  • For disability related accommodations visit www.ada.umb.edu