2019 Writers Week 2019

August 3rd -9th

Fiction instructors: Nicole Dennis-Benn and Elizabeth Nunez

Poetry instructor: Hanif Abdurraqib

Nonfiction instructor: W. Ralph Eubanks

Howard University campus, Washington, D.C.

Tell Your Story

For nearly 30 years, the Hurston/Wright Foundation has been a home for emerging Black writers. Offering diligent instruction, careful critique, and intensive writing, the writing workshops allow writers to sharpen their skills while in a community with Black writers. Each workshop is led by an award-winning author who is also a talented teacher. If you're looking for a nurturing environment where you can find your voice, develop your craft, and learn about the publishing industry, look no further. 

Sign up today for our writers workshop happening on August 3rd - 9th , 2019 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Fiction Instructors

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun (Norton/Liveright, 2016) and Patsy  (Norton/Liveright, 2019). Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant. She has been a named a finalist for Princeton Arts Fellowship, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and The New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Dennis-Benn is a Kowald Visiting Faculty in City College's MFA Program and Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.​

Elizabeth Nunez, PhD, is the author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors Choice. Her memoir Not for Everyday Use  (Akashic Books) won the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and is an Oprah online book club selection. Her latest novel Even in Paradise (Akashic Books), is an O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence selection. Nunez’s other novels are: Boundaries (nominated for a NAACP Image Award); Anna In-Between (PEN Oakland Award and long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award); Prospero’s Daughter (2010 Trinidad and Tobago One Book selection); Bruised Hibiscus (American Book Award); Beyond `the Limbo Silence (Independent Publishers Book Award); Grace; Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); and When Rocks Dance. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches Caribbean Women Writers and Creative Writing.  

Poetry Instructor 

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic, is the author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas Press, 2019), They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), and The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016). His poetry collection was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Nonfiction Instructor

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South (Harper, 2009; University Press of Mississippi, 2011) and Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past (Basic Books, 2007). He is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation.  From 1995 to 2013 he was director of publishing for the Library of Congress and is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. Currently he is a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Submission Format: 

For fiction and nonfiction, 20 pages maximum, using Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.
For poetry, 3 poems.
Provide a title page with the author’s name and contact information.
Include a cover letter with information about your writing life and citations of any published work.
Deadline: May 20th.
Apply early. Hurston/Wright uses rolling admissions for a maximum of 8 slots per class. All applicants will be notified by June 24th.
Application fee: $30
Apply to one workshop only.
Previous attendees are eligible to apply.
Tuition: $700.
A nonrefundable deposit of $150 is due within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance into the workshop. The remaining $550 balance is due by July 26th. 

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel after paying the full tuition, $100 will be returned to you if you notify the foundation at least 1 week before the program starts. After that date, the full tuition is forfeited. In addition, Hurston/Wright reserves the right to close the submission period or cancel a session based on the number of applications. Applicants will be notified immediately and any payments will be returned. 

Classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. most days; a detailed schedule will be provided upon acceptance. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Housing will not be provided, but the foundation has made arrangements for a discount rate at the Morrison-Clark Inn -- https://www.reservations-page.com/C00519/H11153/ov.aspx?pc=HWSWW




Tell Your Story

 For nearly 30 years, the Hurston/Wright Foundation has been a home for emerging Black writers. Offering diligent instruction, careful critique, and intensive writing, the writing workshops allow writers to sharpen their skills while in a community with Black writers. Each workshop is led by an award-winning author who is also a talented teacher. If you're looking for a nurturing environment where you can find your voice, develop your craft, and learn about the publishing industry, look no further. 

Sign up today for our writers workshop happening on June 22-23, 2019 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

 

 Fiction Workshop

"We Are the Alchemists: Dark Stories" 
Workshop Leader: Morowa Yejidé 

Writers practice the ultimate courage. We look in the mirror and into  the soul of humanity. Sometimes the view isn't pretty. Stories of  adversity, strangeness, or the underside of life don't need to be true,  but they do need to be believable. In this fiction class we'll  examine some short pieces of traditional and contemporary dark fiction-  with an eye to story elements that invoke resonance and "truth."  Students will experiment and apply those elements to their own work. By  course end, students will have a polished piece (short story or novel  excerpt) ready for the next stage of development or publication. Bring  your drafts and your courage. 

Morowa Yejidé is the author of Time of the Locust (Simon and Schuster) which was  a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, longlisted for the 2015  PEN/Bingham award, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding  Literary Work. She received her MFA from Wilkes University and is  currently a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author. She lives in the  Washington, D.C., area with her husband and three sons.  

 

 Poetry Workshop

 "Jumpstart Your Engines"  
Workshop Leader:  Jericho Brown

In this workshop, Jericho Brown helps students generate new work through a set of unconventional exercises that keep our ears open and our fingers moving. The workshop engenders new ideas about writing, and as there is a profound relationship between reading poetry and writing it, we participants read, discuss, and even recite the work of several poets whose examples might lead us to a further honing of our craft. 

Jericho Brown is the author of Please (New Issues 2008), which won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliff Institute for Advance Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta. 

 

 Nonfiction Workshop

 “Ways of Knowing”

Workshop Leader: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts  

Keeping in mind Zora Neale Hurston's directive that "research is formalized curiosity," this nonfiction workshop will depart from an expanded idea of research, that spans dreams and sense memory, interviews and eavesdropping, sidewalks and archives. Together we will try on the many and various ways we may come to know ourselves as writers in the world. 


Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Little, Brown and Company). It was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2011 and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Rhodes-Pitts is the recipient of awards from Creative Capital, the Whiting Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Lannan Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is currently the MFA Writer-in-Residence at Pratt Institute in New York.


Submission Format: 

For fiction and nonfiction, 20 pages maximum, using Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

For poetry, 3 poems.
Provide a title page with the author’s name and contact information.
Include a cover letter with information about your writing life and citations of any published work.
Deadline: April 8th.
Apply early. Hurston/Wright uses rolling admissions for a maximum of 8 slots per class. All applicants will be notified by May 13th.

Application fee: $30
Apply to one workshop only.
Previous attendees are eligible to apply.
Tuition: $295.00.
The fee of $295 is due within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance into the workshop or by June 14th. 

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel after paying the full tuition, $100 will be returned to you if you notify the foundation at least 1 week before the program starts. After that date, the full tuition is forfeited. In addition, Hurston/Wright reserves the right to close the submission period or cancel a session based on the number of applications. Applicants will be notified immediately and any payments will be returned. 

Classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. most days; a detailed schedule will be provided upon acceptance. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Housing will not be provided, but the foundation has made arrangements for a discount rate at the Morrison-Clark Inn -- https://www.reservations-page.com/C00519/H11153/ov.aspx?pc=HWF19


Hurston/Wright Foundation