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September 5 to 11: The International MFA of VCFA holds our very first international residency!  Reykjavik, Iceland - Nonfiction workshop faculty • reading • lecture • panel moderator


September 15 at Noon: 6th Annual Midtown Detroit Literary Walk sponsored by Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan - Reader


November 1 to 4NonfictioNow 2018 hosted by the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona state University will be held at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona - Panel “Homing In: Place as Pathway" chaired by Harrison Fletcher, with Sybil Baker, Barrie Jean Borich and Bob Vivian


November 9 to 11: Hong Kong International Literary Festival at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Central, Hong Kong - Featured author, moderator, fiction/nonficiton workshop




June 27 to 30:  International Conference on the Short Story in English at the University of Lisbon, Portugal "Beyond History: the radiance of the short story" – reading, panel & keynote moderated by Robert Olen Butler


May 31 to June 6:  Authors at Large retreat at Ba'an Thai Villas in Hua Hin, Thailand - led fiction workshop


May 20:  Pre-release book launch for Insignificance (Signal 8 Press) at FLM, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


May 4 to 6:  Jakarta Post's Writers Series 2018 "The Story of Us", Indonesia - led memoir workshop, reading & panel


March 7 to 10: Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference, Tampa, Florida

Mar 9 @ 3pm:  The Role of the Expatriate Writer in Times of Political Upheaval - chair: Connie May Fowler with, Donald Quist & Darryl Whetter

Mar 10 @ 10:30 am: Tearing Down Family & Societal Myths in Creative Writing - chair: Kaylie Jones with Laurie Jean Cannady, Sue William Silverman and J. Patrick Redmond


April 26: Hong Kong Writers Circle panel on the MFA at WYND


April 7: Conversation moderated by Juli Min for Shanghai Literary Review, Brut Cake Café, Shanghai, China


March 21 to 24:  Beijing Bookworm Festival, China - readings, panels, workshop



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Events 2017

Nov 3 to 5: Irrawady Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myannmar - Featured author (due to death in the family Xu was unable to attend)

Nov 7: Hong Kong Literary Festival - “From Fiction to Nonfiction”

Nov 9 to 12: Singapore Writers Festival - featured on “The Responsibility of Origins & Identities” • “The Individual’s Story in a World of Flux” • “Emotional Truths: Memoirs vs. Fiction”

Nov 24 to 26: Cliftons, Central, Hong Kong - first Urban Weekend Retreat for Authors at Large includes workshop in writing craft, conversations about writing life & publishing and creating a literary community for fiction & nonfiction writers - apply at link above.

October 21 to 25: Asia Pacific Writers & Translators annual conference, Bali, Indonesia - (due to volcanic activity, Xu decided not to attend)

Jul 13 at 6:30 pm: Asia Society, Hong Kong - The Writer's Life in Fiction & Nonfiction
Jul 27 at 6 pm: Alvy’s, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong - Penguin Hong Kong Series Book Party - Book signing & reading.

Jun 23 at 10:30 am: Pacific University MFA summer residency - Visiting writer. “Between Fiction & Nonfiction”

May 6: Women’s Studies Research Group 2017 Spring Workshop, University of Hong Kong - Workshop leader & keynote speaker

May 12 to 13: Jakarta Post Writing Center, Jakarta, Indonesia - Workshop leader & featured international author
May 17 to 20: Makassar International Literary Festival, Indonesia - Featured writer
May 27 to Jun 1: Authors at Large Writers Retreat, Siglufjörður, Iceland - Organizer & fiction workshop leader (offered in conjunction with the 2017 Iowa Summer Writer's Festival)

Mar 7: League of Women Voters, Hong Kong
2017 The Script Road Macau Literary Festival
Mar 17 @ 11 am: The Festival in the School, St. Joseph University - speaker
Mar 19 @ 4:30 pm: Writers & their books, Old Court Building - panelist
Mar 23: Reading Club at the University of Hong Kong Library - featured author

Jan 10 to 24: La Muse Writers Retreat, Labastide-Esparbairenque, France - writer-in-residence

Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency Summer 2005 Photo L to R top: Andrew Zawacki, Beate Rygiert, Daniel Bachmannbottom: Mila D Aguilar, Sindiwe Magona, Xu Xi