Hurston/Wright Foundation | 2016 Writers Week
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2016 Writers Week

2016 Summer Writers Week


Creative NonFiction Workshop led by Ralph Eubanks

Fiction Workshop led by Elizabeth Nunez

Saturday, August 6 – Friday, August 12, 2016

Howard University in Washington, D.C.


For 20 years, the Hurston/Wright Summer Writers Workshop has offered a safe space for writers in intensive workshop sessions and master classes.

Workshops are led by award-winning writers in creative nonfiction and fiction. The program includes craft talks, writing time, public readings, and conversation with creative minds who are influencing today’s literature.

Hosted in the nation’s capital, writers explore storytelling in one of the most talked about cities in the world. Explore Washington, DC and the nation’s history.

Hurston/Wright is for writers who are getting started on their next writing project, have been writing for years, or graduated from MFA programs. Hurston/Wright is a community that supports you and your writing life.

The Morrison-Clark Inn in downtown Washington, D.C., is our lodging partner. The inn is providing a discounted rate of $149 per night, plus taxes. To make a reservation, call 202-898-1200 or (toll free) 800-332-7898 and tell the agent you’re part of the Hurston/Wright Foundation group.

Summer 2016 Program

Photo Credit : Stacey Vaeth


The challenges of memoir, biography and creative nonfiction narratives are explored in this workshop. How to conduct research, the difference between facts and emotional truth, how to create an authentic voice to tell your story, and how to write about your life or the life of someone else with authority and power are among the issues examined in this class .

Workshop Leader: Ralph Eubanks

W. Ralph Eubanks is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past (Basic Books, 2003) and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South (Harper, 2009). A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, his essays and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, The American Scholar, and National Public Radio.

Elizabeth Nunez


This workshop for writers of short story and long fictional narratives focuses on the essentials of skillful storytelling.

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of nine novels and a memoir. Both Boundaries and Anna In-Between were New York Times Editors’ Choices. Anna In-Between won the 2010 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Nunez also received the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction for Not for Everyday Use, the 2011 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers and Barnes & Noble, an American Book Award, and a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad & Tobago National Library. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches fiction writing. She divides her time between Amityville and Brooklyn, New York. Even in Paradise is her latest novel.

Submission Format: 20 pages maximum, using Times New Roman, 12 point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Provide a title page with the title of the work and the author’s name. Number the pages.

Include a cover letter with information about your writing life and citations of any published work.


Deadline: May 14th

Application fee: $30

Apply to only one workshop.

Apply for 2016 Writers Week