Upcoming Kundiman Events:

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Creative Nonfiction Intensive:
The Personal Essay with Jenny Zhang

The Ace Hotel New York
20 W. 29th St
New York, NY 10001

November 9th, 2019
10:00 AM–6:00 PM

Kundiman is excited to present a Creative Nonfiction Intensive on The Personal Essay with Jenny Zhang this November! Jenny Zhang is the author of the short story collection Sour Heart; the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find; and acclaimed essays such as "They Pretend to Be Us While Pretending We Don't Exist" and "How It Feels." This Creative Nonfiction Intensive will consider the challenges of writing about one's private narrative, while also looking at the craft of nonfiction writing. The day will feature generative writing exercises as well as craft exercises designed around specificity and detail, narrative structure, point of view, and voice. There will be discussions about the ethics of writing about real people, fact-checking, and what it means to write about private trauma publicly.


This class is open to all writers who self-identify as Asian American. The cost for this workshop is $150, and there is a scholarship available. Enrollment is limited to 12 students. There will be a one-hour break for lunch.

This class is now full.

To be added to the waitlist, please email info@kundiman.org with the subject line ‘CNF Intensive Waitlist’

To Apply for a Scholarship:

Please e-mail info@kundiman.org with the subject line [Creative Nonfiction Intensive Scholarship] with a brief paragraph on why you are interested in this workshop, why you are seeking a scholarship, and your yearly income. Scholarship submissions will be accepted until October 20th.


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Jenny Zhang is the author of the short story and poetry collections Sour Heart, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, and (forthcoming) My Baby First Birthday. She is the recipient of the Pen/Bingham Award for Debut Fiction, the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and an O. Henry award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harpers, N+1, and elsewhere. She has taught at Columbia University, The New School, and various NYC public high schools. She has an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a BA in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity from Stanford University.