Posts Tagged ‘Writer’

Marita Golden’s E-Newsletter – February 2011

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Finding Time to Write!

The voice on the phone was tinged with desperation and confusion. The question was sincere and very simple: how do I get back my “flow” how do I regain the ability to write regularly and with power? The writer had attended a weeklong writing workshop where her novel was praised as compelling and skillful. Buoyed by the response to her writing she returned home but found that within a few weeks she had “lost” the ability to keep writing, that the inspiration that had carried her through the uncharted waters of the first 100 pages was now gone, faded, a distant memory she could no longer conjure or even remember.  Her 9-5 and the demands of her life as wife and mother now seemed to have colonized all the time she once had used to write. The story was in her heart, filled her mind, but suddenly she just wasn’t’ “feeling” the story and now couldn’t find the time to write and felt guilty and depressed.



Manuscript Evaluation Service

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Do you need a second opinion on the story you are writing?

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Marita Golden’s E-Newsletter – August 2010

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Next Generation of Black Writers

Group Picture

From Left to Right - Abdul, Nkenge, Marita, Stacia, & Jalal

Remember these names-Abdul Ali, Jalal Naeem, Stacia Yearwood, and Nkenge Feagin. These are writers who represent the best of the next generation of Black writers. Each one has been accepted by the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Program at American University and will begin the program in September. There writers, two poets and two fiction writer are symbols of the promise and healthy of the future of African American writing.


Marita Golden’s E-Newsletter – February 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Are You Ready to Write?

Frederick Douglass

February is Black History Month. What better time to think about writing your story? In February we officially honor African American trailblazers. Prominent among those honored are writers. Writers like Frederick Douglass, born into slavery, a man who put language at his command. Douglass used words as an orator and a writer to change his personal history and in support of societal change for us all.  We honor Zora Neale Hurston, best-known as the author of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. But Hurston was also an anthropologist, whose groundbreaking field work in the American South, Haiti and the Caribbean shaped theComputer, Paper, Desk future of anthropology. We look at and interpret history, the past and the present in a much more complex and rich way, because of the contributions of Douglass and Hurston. To paraphrase lines from a poem by the  Persian bard Rumi, they went in the direction where there was no direction, and there they found themselves and all of us at the end of their journey.