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The Emerging Voices Workshop in Los Angeles serves early-career writers from communities underrepresented in the publishing world. An outgrowth of the long running Emerging Voices Fellowship, this in-person craft intensive shares the goal of demystifying publishing, cultivating literary community, and diversifying the publishing and entertainment industries. 

The week-long workshop, offered twice annually, provides 15 writers the opportunity to develop a manuscript-in-progress with peers and expert instructors. Mornings are dedicated to guided poetry, fiction, and nonfiction workshops. Afternoons offer access to visiting authors, editors, publishers, digital marketers, and literary agents through exclusive presentations and Q&As on the business of books. Evenings feature opportunities to connect over meals, literary outings, and open mics, with the final day culminating in celebratory public reading of works-in-progress.

NOW EXTENDED: Apply by Feb. 15th, 2024


Workshop Benefits and Components

The Emerging Voices Summer Workshop will take place June 24-28, 2024. A sample daily schedule is below:

  • 9:30-12:30 PM Small Group Workshops in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction
  • 1:00-2:30 PM Full Group Lunch
  • 3:00-5:00 PM Full Group Sessions with Visiting Authors, Publishers, Editors, Agents
  • 7:00-9:00 PM Welcome Dinner/Outings/Open Mic
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Facilitated Creative Writing Workshop

  • Five days of in-depth workshop time with expert creative writing instructors and peers on a current writing project 
  • Guided writing exercises and self-investigative activities to generate creative insight and nurture self-awareness
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Publishing Industry Insights

  • Insider knowledge about publishing and entertainment direct from accomplished visiting authors, editors, publishers, and literary agents
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  • Opportunities to connect with fellow writers and the larger literary community through events, gatherings, and open mics
  • A final, public reading featuring new work by workshop writers
  • A complimentary one-year membership in PEN America
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A Writer’s Toolkit

  • Deals and discounts for classes and programs from partner organizations
  • A submission guide for literary journals, agents, residencies, and workshops

Guidelines and Eligibility

The Emerging Voices Workshop is made possible by the support of