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Houston-Based Literary Organization Showcases Writers Of Color

Here’s what to expect – and not expect – in Writespaces’s Writers of Color Workshop Showcase this Saturday.


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Being a writer of color doesn't necessarily mean that's always what your work is about.

"There are people in the workshop who are writing poetry that draws on personal experience, but it's not necessarily about being a person of color," says Adrienne Perry, who is leading the Writers of Color workshop at Writespace, a Houston-based literary arts organization.

It's a chance for people of color – Asian, Hispanic, African American, Middle Eastern, etc. – to form a community.

"Because so often as writers of color, you go into a workshop and people project onto you what they think your writing is going to be about," Perry says. "They assume that your characters are non-white. They make all these kinds of assumptions based on the fact that you're a writer of color. It's really nice to be in a workshop where people get that."

The classes end Saturday, followed by a showcase that evening where participants will share their work with the public.

The audience can expect diversity, says Eloisa Perez-Lozano, who will be taking part.

"Whether it's fiction, poetry, short story, there's just a little bit of everything," she says. "And then everybody obviously has their own voice, their own way of writing."

This is the second year of Writespace's Writers of Color Workshop. The showcase is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Silver Street Studios near downtown Houston and is open to the public