Register Now for the My Own Story Writing Workshop!

As part of VAALA’s Cycles of Life Art Exhibition currently running through April 1, 2012, we’d like to invite community members to register for the My Own Story (MOS) Creative Writing Workshop.  Co-presented by VAALA and Common Ground Open Mic Series, MOS is a writing/storytelling workshop facilitated by critically acclaimed performer/teacher Alex Luu. MOS participants will come into a creative space to explore elements that make up their own unique voices/stories. Through fun, non-traditional/interactive games/exercises, participants will be able to unearth, discover, write, and express their own autobiographical stories.  The workshop will be held at VAALA Cultural  Center, the location of the Cycles of Life art exhibition.  The MOS workshop will culminate in a special reading showcase by workshop participants along with music by Common Ground Open Mic performers,  Pratiti Renee Mehta and Nina Rae.

  • When: Saturday, March 31st from 12-5pm Sunday, April 1st from 12-4pm and followed by Reading Showcase and Exhibition Closing reception from 4-6:30pm
  • Where: VAALA Cultural Center (1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA, 92706)  
  • Who: Open to anyone high school age and up (Youth strongly encouraged)  
  • Fee: $5 Registration includes lunch and refreshments  
  • Note: Participants must be present for both days of workshop 

Register soon as there are only 25 spots in the workshop!


Email Julie at to register or with any questions about the workshop.

About Alex Luu  

Alex Luu is a critically acclaimed solo performance artist, workshop facilitator/teacher, and independent filmmaker who graduated from UCLA’s School of Film/Television.  Luu has been performing and facilitating/teaching the MY OWN STORY (MOS) workshop nationally since 1989 and 1997, respectively.  Luu’s autobiographical “performance theater” work addresses themes such as identity, racism, body image/politics, family dynamics and the overall under representation of People of Color (especially Asian American males) in mainstream media & culture.  

Based in Los Angeles, Luu combines performance art, monologue and physical movement in a kenetic no-holds-barred style and presentation that is at once hilariously-over-the-top and heart-renderingly poignant.  Luu’s works have been seen at Highways Performance Space, Boston Center for the Arts, Strand Theater, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Asian American Writers Workshop, Tremont Theater, Asian American Theater Center, Los Angeles Theater Center, East West Players, Rude Guerilla Theater and college/high school campuses.   

About Common Ground Open Mic Series

common ground connects communities through creative expressions. We are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment. Occurs on the first Thursday of every month.

About VAALA & Cycles of Life exhibition

The mission of the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture.  VAALA’s spring art exhibition entitled “Cycles of Life,” features 24 artists of Vietnamese descent from different generations, and their work offers for examination whether aspects of culture (Vietnamese, American, other) have influenced the artists’ understanding and interpretation of this theme. Simultaneously, it aims to show how the artists themselves belong to larger cycles of artistic influence. In positioning one generation of artists adjacent to another generation, the exhibit asks whether there are threads of stylistic, cultural, and thematic influence or continuity between artists and artworks. The exhibition is curated by artists Ann Phong, Barbara Thomason, and James Dinh.  The gallery will be open from 12pm-5pm (and by appointment) every Saturday and Sunday for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Common Ground is an amazing organization providing an open space for creative expression in Orange County and we are thankful for the diligence in supporting the arts. On Sunday, April 1st, they are hosting this wonderful  workshop so if you want to turn those creative writing gears this workshop is for you to start revving up!

[ Posted on 3.22.12 / 5 notes ]
Tags:   #creative writing    #poetry    #spoken word    #writing    #open mic    #common ground    #vaala cultural center    #santa ana    #alex luu

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