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Have you ever wished you could have insight into the mind of a professional writer to help you improve your skills? Have you ever wondered how a book goes from an idea on the page to a fully finished product that you can hold in your hand? From May 21st to 23rd, there will be a series of intensive activities designed to help participants work alongside like-minded writers.

Vanke Meisha Academy’s 2021 Writers’ Conference is a unique opportunity for students and staff to participate in lectures and workshops given by professionals who are outstanding in their discipline. From prose and poetry, to the publishing industry – there is a little bit of everything for those who are interested in honing their craft. There will be opportunities to read the work we produce over the course of the weekend, as well as to exhibit works in a gallery style setting. If you are a member of the VMA community and love writing, come join us!

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What time is it?

From May 21st to May 23rd 


Who will be here?

Guest speakers: Patrick Dacey, Kyle Carrero Lopez, Sam Farkas

Participants: VMA community members - students, staff, and faculty. 


How to sign up?

Please follow up with your English teachers and pay attention to posters on campus! We'll let you know as soon as possible!


Guest Speakers



Patrick Dacey is the author of two works of fiction, "We've Already Gone This Far," a collection of short stories, and "The Outer Cape," a novel, both published by Henry Holt and Company. His work has appeared on NPR's "Selected Shorts," and in The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Guernica, among other publications. He lives and writes in Richmond, Virginia.


Kyle Carrero Lopez was born to Cuban parents in northern New Jersey. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbook MUSCLE MEMORY, winner of the 2020 [PANK] Books contest. He co-founded LEGACY, a Brooklyn-based production collective by and for Black queer artists. Kyle’s recent poems are published in The Atlantic, POETRY, The Nation, Bear Review, and elsewhere. Find him at


Sam Farkas is a literary agent and foreign rights associate at Jill Grinberg Literary Management. She has worked in the rights division at Penguin where she was involved in major international publishing events for authors such as John Green, Ruta Sepetys, Anna Dewdney, and more. In addition to representing her own authors, she handles foreign rights for the entire JGLM list and has been involved in the international publications of books by Marissa Meyer, Garth Nix, Mikki Kendall, Jennifer L. Holm, Jesse Q. Sutanto, and many more. 

Gbenga Adesina, a Nigerian poet and essayist, was most recently the 2019-2020 Olive B O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.