Write Your Story

Are you interested in capturing your family’s story in writing? Join us for writing workshops this quarter that will guide participants in writing personal stories about family relationships, first and second generation experiences, and immigration. No previous writing experience necessary. This workshop will be led by Jessica Yen.

This program is free and open to the public.

Jessica Yen is a third generation Chinese-American whose work explores the intersection of memory, family, culture, language, identity, and history. She is a 2022 Oregon Literary Fellow in Creative Nonfiction, two-time VONA alum, and graduate of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s program in Creative Writing.

She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spoke English at home and learned Chinese in a bilingual Mandarin immersion program. After majoring in Chinese Literature at UC Berkeley, she won a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in China from 2005-2006. While there, she traveled through 13 provinces in 12 months and fell in love with the country, its language and culture, and with writing about China. Since then, her writing has continued to explore the intersections between China, America, and Chinese-America.


Requests for ASL interpretation may be made via email at jsma@pdx.edu or phone (503) 725-6238. In order to ensure that ASL interpretation can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests by Monday, October 16.*


*Accessibility initiatives have been made possible by a grant from the Richard & Helen Phillips Charitable Fund.

Image: Hung Liu (American, born China 1948-2021, (Untitled) Mother and Child (detail), 2016, mixed media on panel, 41 x 41 inches, Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, © Hung Liu Estate/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

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