Finding your Voice

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Fitness For Life - University of Hawaii at HiloIf you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you want to now begin a memoir for your grandchildren, it can take some time to find your voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world.

Rather than waiting for the day when everything is perfect and finished, this course begins one day, one word at a time. Short writing exercises, tips and tricks, including creating a space for writing, writing every day, reading aloud, training your mind to see detail, taking chances with emotion, having fun with humor and flourishes, writing from the heart, cultivating consistency, overcoming barriers to writing.

This dynamic workshop is open to anyone.  Students will need a notebook and pen.

About the Instructor:

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawaii. She has worked in philosophy, journalism, anthropology, international development, nonprofits, and small business start-ups. She was the arts and culture editor of Asian American Village for many years, she wrote a nationally syndicated column called “Adventures in Multicultural Living” originating out of and, and she is now a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog, Chicago is the World,,, and HuffPost Live. She has been Executive Director of American Citizens for Justice and Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. She team-teaches courses on Asian Pacific American civil rights, history, film and media at University of Michigan and University of Michigan Dearborn. She also teaches writing and is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American, multicultural, diversity, women's, social justice, and social media issues. She has published three chapbooks of prose poetry, Imaginary Affairs—Postcards from an Imagined Life and Where the Lava Meets the Sea—Asian Pacific American Postcards from Hawai‘i and Dreams of the Diaspora, been included in several anthologies and art exhibitions, and has an upcoming a multimedia artwork with Jyoti Omi Chowdhury entitled, “Dreams of the Diaspora,” as part of a Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Indian American Heritage Project online and travelling art exhibition.


July 8-22, Tues, 5-7pm, UCB 113, 3 classes, $50

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