Writers Block: Frances Cha

Writers Block is our new quarterly free virtual community event where you can personally engage with Korean American authors live!

About this Event

Join us for our first edition of Writers Block – a free virtual community event dedicated to Korean American authors and their personal stories. You will be able to ask your favorite authors questions first-hand and get to know their personal stories in an exclusive Zoom room. Limited spots available – RSVP now to save your spot!

UPDATE: All spots have been taken already (in record time!) but our waitlist is still open so please continue to sign up!

This program is made possible by our monthly Storytellers Circle donors. Consider joining in order to keep it free!

This event will be recorded and published afterward. If you would like to opt-out, you may disable your camera during the event.


Our first guest is Frances Cha, the author of the novel If I Had Your Face.

Frances was born in the United States and moved to Hong Kong at age 8 and Korea at age 11. She graduated from Dartmouth College and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She worked as the assistant managing editor of Samsung Economic Research Institute’s business journal in Seoul and as a travel and culture editor for CNN International in Seoul and Hong Kong. She has taught Media Studies at Ewha Womens University, creative writing at Columbia University and Yonsei University and lectured at Seoul National University. She divides her time between Brooklyn and Seoul. She is currently working on her second novel and a children’s picture book.

About the book If I Had Your Face:

A debut novel about four young women making their way in contemporary Seoul, in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, clandestine room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania. 

Host: Jay Oh

Jay is a board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org, as well as the Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Korea Society. She has worked in publishing and non-profit art organizations in Greensboro, N.C., Minneapolis, and New York.

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