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Saturdays April 8-April 29 8-10AM (HST)
The Women’s Creative Writing Workshop (4 weeks) is a mixed level two-hour generative writing workshop. This is designed for women to express their creativity and emotional truth on the page, to ask and seek support for their work or ideas, and to further their voices. This class addresses creative process and personal expression through narrative across the genres of fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction. You will leave class with improved writing skills and a clear understanding of your personal writing strengths, process, and literary interests.
Previous Guest Writers: Anjoli Roy, Gail Vida Hamburg, Ishle Yi (Lani) Park, Shonda Buchanan, Amanda Fletcher, E.J. Koh, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Vanina Marsot, Emily Bernard, Camille Wanliss, Jenna Le, Nahid Rachlin, Devi S. Laskar, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Renee Simms, Veronica Golos, Tamiko Nimura, Maya Shanbhag Lang
APRIL 2023 TEXTS:
The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
FALL 2022 TEXTS: TASTES LIKE WAR by Grace M. Cho and BECOMING APPALASIAN by Lisa Kwong
SPRING 2021 TEXTS: PERSIAN GIRLS by Nahid Rachlin, MEET BEHIND MARS by Renee Simms
SUMMER 2021 TEXTS: THE ATLAS OF REDS AND BLUES by Devi S. Laskar, ANYONE WILL TELL YOU by Wendy Chin-Tanner
FALL 2021 WHAT WE CARRY by Maya Shanbhag Lang and WE HEREBY REFUSE by Tamiko Nimura and Frank Abe; Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki
Jendayi Smith –
I took Dr. Han’s 5 week summer course and absolutely LOVED it. She creates a safe space for women to write and learn from each other. I learned so much in those 5 weeks that I am now taking the 10 week course. I highly recommend Dr. Han’s class to every woman I know.
Dr. Jane Park Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, Sydney University –
Thanks for bringing us all together, Steph, introducing us to wonderful women writers – including Gail Vida Hamburg and Shonda Buchanan – and creating such a warm and safe space for us to think and read and write together.
What a wonderful writing class. Dr. Han cultivated such a trusting environment in which it was safe to explore and expand our minds. It was really so impactful in bringing me back into my writing in an intentional way. Thank you for that.
Cristina Obieta –
Thank you, Stephanie, for bringing us together and shepherding us through an amazing 5 weeks! Your 5-week summer course was my introduction to you and your classes; and, was the best part of my summer! I have since signed up for your 10-week Fall course and am enjoying every minute of it.
I took this class in summer 2020, and it was a breath of fresh air with everything going on in the world. Dr. Han is an amazing teacher and human being. She does an excellent job of motivating writers to tell their truth through empathy and love. I took her 10-week course right after this one which was also life changing.
Lilly Nguyen –
This class was exactly what I needed. Stephanie creates a wonderful space through thoughtful writing prompts, insightful (and brief!) lectures, and amazing guest speakers. She is careful to the ways that women writers silence themselves before we even begin to write and this course does so much to energize the momentum we all need to step out onto the page. This class is a gift.
Ku’ulani Keohokalole –
This class was great. Dr. Stephanie tells it like it is, and by that I mean she speaks truth to power and reminds us to do the same in our writing. I loved the tone she cultivated right from the beginning, instilling greater confidence in us to find our unapologetic voice. I didn’t take this class for any particular writing project; I took it to grow and learn, and it absolutely hit the mark on that for me. I strongly recommend.
Amanda Graves –
I was in a bit of a writing funk and this class really pulled me out of my comfort zone and gave me the tools and motivation to keep writing. I recommend this class for people working on a project but also anyone who just needs a push to not quit.
Leslie Portela –
This class changed my life as a writer. Stephanie incorporates the art of reading literature into a craft class, introducing it’s to diverse and some of the best writers doing daring things! I highly recommend this class plus I haven’t stopped writing since taking it.
Sasha Moghimi-Kian –
I absolutely loved this class! 2020 had me in a writing and reading funk and I thought I’d push myself by signing up. Stephanie gave us such rich, fulfilling readings and then prompts that had me thinking about my novel again. Her encouragement and carefully thought out writing tips supported me and my classmates and we felt free to share and communicate on an intimate level. Stephanie also reads a piece you’re working on and then meets with you one-on-one to discuss it and her commentary is so thoughtful and perceptive. I highly recommend working with and learning from Stephanie through her classes and teaching! She is amazing!
Nowal Nasir –
I recently took Dr. Han’s 5 week writing course and it was AMAZING. I had the opportunity to hear and learn from different successful female writers, a chance to write in a creative, safe space and was able to reconnect with my passion for writing. She provided timely, effective and in-depth feedback, encouraged participation and included everyone in the discussion. I highly recommend Dr. Han’s class to everyone as a way of exploring not just their passion for writing but also as an opportunity to delve in, reflect upon and come to terms with things that affect us as women.
Marisa Lin –
I attended Stephanie’s 5-week Women’s Creative Writing Workshop in August 2021. She provided a warm, safe space to share and connect with other writers. I felt empowered by her reminder that as women, our stories are worth sharing. Stephanie is knowledgeable, candid, and funny and I would highly recommend her class.
L Lawrence –
While this course was directed primarily to “women of color” through Stephanie’s assertion and reading materials selected, it always had potential to reach all individuals’ core needs for creative direction, regardless of background. I experienced these benefits most at the course’s conclusion when getting feedback on my 5K word optional submission. I strongly encourage future participants to take advantage of that valuable one on one “bonus” opportunity for feedback and instruction.