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Do you have a story you want to tell, but unsure where to begin? Do you lack inspiration and direction in your creative writing practice? Here you will be guided through the excavation and exploration of those elusive story ideas, characters, narratives and plots. The idea is to see with a writer’s eyes while experimenting with different forms. Creative writing is one of the most gratifying ways to express yourself. This workshop is guaranteed to help you find your writing voice, build confidence, free you from the uncertainty and remind you of why you crave to write.

You'll have the opportunity to work with two national bestselling, award-winning authors:

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving DonovanNowhere Is a PlaceThe Warmest DecemberGathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA.


Donna Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for the confession magazines. Since that time she has more than 70 published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre.  Three of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been featured in Essence, the New YorkDaily News, USA Today, Today’s Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television stations across the country and her work has appeared on several bestseller lists, including Essence, Emerge and The Dallas Morning News among others. She has received numerous awards for her body of work—which cross several genres-- including The Career Achievement Award, the first recipient of The Trailblazer Award, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award, The Gold Pen Award among others, as well as commendations for her community service, during her tenure as Director for Kianga House—a transitional residence for homeless teen mothers and their children. Donna co-wrote the screenplay Fire, which enjoyed limited theater release before going to DVD. As an editor she has packaged several highly successful novels, and anthologies, two of which were nominated for awards. She served as a writing instructor at The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in New York and has been a writing instructor with the Elders Writing Program sponsored by Medgar Evers College through Poets & Writers. Donna is a graduate of Goddard College with an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Secondary & Adult Education. She is an Adjunct Professor of English at Essex County College, Baruch College, and Medgar Evers College. Donna lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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