Summer Craft Intensive: Talia Lakshmi Kolluri


Editor's Note

All the Life that Surrounds Us: Inviting the Natural World into your Work with Talia Lakshmi Kolluri
Sunday, June 29
11 AM – 2 PM PST/ 2 PM – 5 PM EST

In a world full of technology that separates us from the natural environment, how do we incorporate the vibrancy and variety of the natural world into our creative work? Is it important for the environment to be as richly rendered as our characters, and how do we accomplish this?

Using multi-genre excerpts, this generative workshop will explore techniques oriented towards breathing dynamic and complex life into natural settings, non-human characters, and journeys through the wild world. Students will leave with concrete tools they can use to immerse their characters, their subjects, and their readers in all the life that surrounds us.

We have one scholarship available for this intensive. Scholarships are conducted through a lottery. If you are interested in submitting your name, please fill out this form.

BIO: Talia Lakshmi Kolluri is a mixed South Asian American writer from Northern California. Her debut collection of short stories, What We Fed to the Manticore (Tin House 2022), is a finalist for the 2023 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the 2023 Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the 2023 Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection, and was selected as a 2023 ALA RUSA Notable Book. It’s available now wherever books are sold. Her short fiction has been published in the minnesota review, Ecotone, Southern Humanities Review, The Common, One Story, Orion, Five Dials, and the Adroit Journal.

A lifelong Californian, Talia lives in the Central Valley with her husband, a teacher and printmaker, and a very skittish cat named Fig.