Blossom: Revision Made Beautiful with Michele Gilliam
Dates: Mondays, April 17 – May 1, 2023
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. ET
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ― Octavia E. Butler
Black writers have historically offered their art as a response to the rallying cries of the times, amassing great beauty in the form of prose, poetry, and everything in between. But before art of any kind reaches print, it must endure the necessary process of revision. As the saying goes: Writing is rewriting. Revising and re-writing can be intimidating but the process is less scary while in the company of others. “Blossom” is an opportunity for Black folks to fellowship, create, learn, build, and continue to blossom.
This workshop is designed to provide space for your writing to reach its full potential—whatever the intended audience. This will be a nonfiction revision workshop, including (but not limited to) journalism, essays, memoir, and biography/autobiography. Black writers of all levels are encouraged to sign up. Workshop guidelines and a syllabus will be shared beforehand and the first workshop will feature an in-depth discussion of all materials and expectations participants have for Blossom.
The application for this workshop will be open from Monday, April 3 – Wednesday, April 5. To ensure fairness, please only apply if attendance for all three workshops can be guaranteed. The registration link will be posted on our website and sent out through the Black Writers Program newsletter, so make sure you’ve subscribed.
Questions? Email us at BWP@nywriterscoalition.org