The National Lao American Writer’s Summit will mentor and support emerging Lao American writers. Held in Minneapolis at the acclaimed Loft Literary Center, during the Summit, nationally renowned Laotian American writers will conduct workshops with participants.
Readings, writing and informal social gatherings are scheduled and encouraged. Through this Summit, the organizers will provide a safe and instructive environment exploring the unique challenges and opportunities of emerging Laotian American writers.
This 3-day Summit is from Friday to Sunday, August 13-15th. Workshops will be from Friday to Saturday. A free public reading is on Saturday night..
Under the present plan, a nationally recognized Laotian American writer will facilitate each writing workshop using the open space approach. Workshops will consist of meaningful writing exercises and group discussions and opportunities for extended critique.
For emerging writers and non-artist participants, panels will highlight the current state of Lao American arts, opportunities and experiences of individual artists to examine the positive potential arts have on individual and community growth.
Community members will have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local arts, philanthropic and refugee service organizations, publishers and researchers who can answer questions and advise writers and artists on significant opportunities.
Based on preliminary community discussions, we anticipate an audience of 100 to 200 people representing a wide range of states, particularly from the Minnesota, Texas, Washington, California, Illinois, Wisconsin and New York.