2017 Seattle LAWS team strives for an inspiring program through the arts, alongside presenting and practicing the varied ways one can become a skillful writer. We also wanted our program and participants to be multi-generational, though particularly fostering the writing skills and artistic expression of younger participants. We hope to continue stoking the embers of creative expression in our community through writing and the arts, so we can express ourselves Lao’d and Clear when we engage in our community, society, and the world at large.

The Summit workshops and Friday evening program are free and open to the public. There will be an entrance fee for the Saturday evening event.

Friday, June 23rd

  • 9:00-9:30 Breakfast: Kao Peak Seine
  • 9:30-9:35 Highline Welcome
  • 9:35-9:55 Community Welcome
  • 9:55-10:00 House Rules
  • 10:00-10:05 Break
  • 10:05-10:35 Keynotes
  • 10:35-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-11:45 Group Activity
  • 11:45-12:55pm Lunch
  • 1:00-1:50pm Workshops
  • 2:00-2:50pm Workshops
  • 2:50-3:20pm Coffee, Snacks, Networking
  • 3:30-4:00pm Closing Remarks
  • 6:30-8:30pm Gallery Reception

Saturday, June 24th

  • 9:00-9:30 Breakfast: Kao Peak Keo + toppings
  • 9:30-9:35 Opening Remarks, hey how did it go?
  • 9:35-9:50 Community Building Activity
  • 9:50-11:00 Plenary Panel
  • 11:00-1200pm Plenary Panel
  • 12:00-1:30pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm Workshops
  • 2:30-2:45pm Break
  • 2:45-3:45pm Workshops
  • 3:45-4:00pm Break
  • 4:00-4:30pm Closing
  • 6:00-11:00pm Evening Event (not at Highline)


The first Lao American Writers Summit (LAWS) was held in August 2010 in Minneapolis. The Summit’s objective was to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans since the early 70s diaspora. This initial gathering of artists and writers was potent! Yet the community wanted more. Thus, the 2nd LAWS was also held in Minneapolis, and last year’s 3rd summit migrated to San Diego, California.

As each city hosts a LAWS summit, they bring their own unique voice into the mix and draw in local community organizations.

The 2017 LAWS Team

The Seattle Local Team

The LAWS National Team