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Marita Golden as a little girl with her mother and father who she credits for making her a writer.

What did your parents tell you that you could be?

My mother Beatrice Lee Reid and my father Francis Sherman Golden made me a writer.

📚 My mother told me when I was 12 years old that one day I would write a book.

📚 My father told me bedtime stories about the lives of African and African American heroes that taught me the elements of a powerful story.

Marita Golden


Marita Golden is the author of over 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. She is Co-founder and President Emerita of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation. As a teacher of writing, she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University, and at the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies and is a writing coach, workshop presenter, and literary consultant.