MARCH 23 - 24, 2013

If you want to work with a master teacher who has been where you are and knows first hand the challenges you face, this workshop is for you! Each class is instructed by a professional who not only knows about writing, but how to teach writing. Whether published or unpublished you will be provided with peer review, instructor feedback, and a community of African-American writers in which to share ideas and solutions.

Woman in Blue Shirt WritingJoin us at the 2-Day and get a fresh set of unbiased opinions, analytical questions, suggestions, and  key insights that you may not receive elsewhere. We will provide you with fast feedback that can help you increase your chances of producing a winning manuscript. The workshop brings together Black writers from around the United States, as well as Black writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, who create a nurturing, safe space to discuss their work, its meaning, and unique aesthetics.

Your workshop leader will use his or her hard-earned knowledge to instruct, guide and gently lead you to develop the story you want to tell. Most importantly your instructor and peers will draw out of you what you already have in your heart, but have not given yourself permission to explore, until now.
Workshop Schedule
Saturday, March 23 classes meet from 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, March 24 classes meet from 9:00am - 4:00pm

The selection process for the Hurston/Wright 2-Day Writers' Workshop is competitive. In order to provide the highest quality instruction possible, class sizes are kept small. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate ALL qualified writers.

Complete the online application and submit it along with your $15 registration fee via PayPal. Then email your manuscript to info@hurstonwright.org.
  • Application
  • Submit $15 registration fee (paid via PayPal on the application)
  • Email your manuscript in a .pdf or .doc format to info@hurstonwright.org
Manuscript Requirements
Building the Novel (Fiction) -  Up to 25 pages of a fiction narrative 
Nonfiction - Up to 25 pages of a memoir, biography, or factual story
Poetry - Up to 7 poems  
Workshop Fees
Registration:                                  $15
*Regular Tuition:                           $349 (lunch included both days)
*Workshop Alumni Tuition:            $299 (lunch included both days)
*Tuition does not include room & board.
Payment Schedule
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due 3 days after you receive your acceptance letter.
The final payment must be paid by February 18, 2013.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations must be requested in writing. The $100 deposit is non-refundable. Full refunds less $100 per person will be given for cancellation requests received by March 1, 2013. Requests made after March 1, 2013 will not be refunded. 

Marita GoldenBuilding the Novel
A workshop designed for writers who have completed 75-100 pages of a novel and who are familiar with the technical aspects of fiction writing. The course will be conducted as a workshop with in-depth critique and analysis of a selected portion of the manuscript, as well as discussion of the broader issues and challenges inherent in writing book-length fiction.
Workshop Leader Marita Golden is a veteran writer, teacher of writing and literary coach. She serves as distinguished writer and residence in the MA Creative Writing program at John Hopkins University in Washington, DC. She is the co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the African American Writers Guild, and has received numerous awards and honors for her writing and community service.

Wil HaygoodNonfiction 
This workshop focuses on how to write a memoir, biography and factual story with an emphasis on research, oral history, and the use of vivid description that captures the urgency of the event(s) and the timelessness of its meaning.
Workshop Leader Wil Haygood has lectured and taught nonfiction writing throughout the United States - is an award-winning national reporter for the Washington Post. He is also the author of five nonfiction books, among them acclaimed biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Sammy Davis Jr., the latter which was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy award.  Haygood was a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow.


This workshop will offer an array of possibilities for engaging with history through poems.  We will examine poems that model a range of techniques and structures we might use to bring figures and events from the past alive in the present.  The emphasis will be on generating new work, with attention to poetic form and strategies for revision.  Why does our history matter?  Let's address it in poetry!

Evie ShockleyWorkshop Leader Evie Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently the new black, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was named one of the Best Books of 2011 in Poetry by Library Journal, and was recognized as an Honor Book in the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's 2012 Literary Awards.  She has also published a book of literary criticism, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry.  Her poems and essays have appeared in African American Review, Brilliant Corners, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Cura, Hambone, The Nation, Poetry Daily, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, and elsewhere.  Recipient of the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, she teaches African American literature and creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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