Episode 134: Vanessa Hua, “VIP Tutoring”

Vanessa Hua

Award-winning writer Vanessa Hua joins the GrottoPod summer reading series today to share a taste of her short story “VIP Tutoring” from her newly reissued collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, among others. She has filed stories from China, Burma, South Korea, Panama, and Ecuador, and her work appeared in the New York Times, Washington PostThe Atlantic, and elsewhere.

Episode 70: Vanessa Hua’s Favorite Book — Live!

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

For this week’s episode, Vanessa Hua, author of the upcoming novel A River of Stars, takes the stage at the San Francisco Public Library with GrottoPod hosts Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn to talk about her favorite book. In this case, it’s books, plural — the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Find out what these books meant to the young Hua growing up, what they taught her as a fledgling writer and what they continue to teach her as a mother, woman and author. You can also watch the whole event in this video.

Episode 9: Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

In this week’s episode, Vanessa Hua — journalist, columnist, fiction writer, and mother of 5-year-old twins — talks about how she juggles everything, stays on top of social media and manages to be such a generous colleague. (No, knitting is not the secret.) She shares time-management tips, thoughts on meaningful publicity, how running and swimming help her sort out ideas, and where she finds inspiration for short stories like those in Deceit and Other Possibilities, released in October 2016. The book recently received the Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature. Hua writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Fund Your Writing Passion (with Vanessa Hua)

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua

Contact: vanessahuasf@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: Sunday, November 1

Course fee: $85

Starting, changing, or jump-starting your career? Whether you’re applying for a Fulbright, for a summer residency, as a writer-in-residence, for an MFA, to J-school, or for a journalism grant, you’ll learn tips and tricks for success. Learn how to fund a trip, fund your reporting, fund your writing, or fund your space – on someone else’s dime.

This class will cover how to craft a successful project proposal, work plan, or personal statement; how to solicit and draft letters of recommendation; and how to make the most of your time during and after your fellowship whether it’s one week or one year. Tea and snacks included in this fun and informative afternoon! If you want to workshop your proposal, please come prepared with copies (not required; you can learn much by participating in critique).

All students will receive a packet of winning applications and a resource list of fellowships. Also included is critique of your fellowship application, up to one year after the workshop.

Vanessa Hua has been awarded writing/reporting fellowships and scholarships from the Steinbeck Center, the International Reporting Project, the East-West Center, the Fulbright Program, Aspen Summer Words, San Francisco Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among others. She is an award-winning writer whose fiction and nonfiction have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Calyx, New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. She has been a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Hartford Courant, and filed stories from Panama, China, South Korea, and Burma. She is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program.