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Creating a Safe and Nurturing Environment

In my writing workshops, I create an environment that is nurturing and safe. I am dedicated to rigor and excellence and encourage writers to become fearless in the pursuit of the unique beauty and truth of their story.

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Working with Marita Golden was a major turning point in my life as a writer. She saw things in my work that I didn't see myself, and she guided me with the unmistakable skill of a true master. But more importantly, she saw things in me as a writer--as the person I am--that I had yet to claim. She helped and continues to help me toward full confidence in my vision. My voice is stronger and clearer because of her support.
Sarah Trembath
Author of This Past Was Waiting for Me and It Was the Scarlet that Did It

Write Regularly With Confidence

Becoming a skilled writer unleashes demons, doubt, fears and anxieties for which writers are often unprepared. Many who want to write fear they lack the talent or tenacity required of the dedicated writer. I lead workshops where these subjects are not taboo, are discussed openly and where writers find and create community. Through writing exercises inspired by my many years as a master teacher, participants break through the psychological barriers that cripple their attempts to write with regularity and confidence.


This list of creative writing events is in descending date order. Please scroll down to the SPECIAL EVENTS section to see the Creative Conversations and other upcoming special events.

Wednesdays (June 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21)

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

My Memoir: A Six-Week Memoir Masterclass with Marita Golden

If you are ready to take your memoir to the next level, this is your last opportunity to take a memoir writing course with me in 2021.

Only three openings left.

This is a small class limited in size. This six-week advanced memoir masterclass will focus on thematic development of your narrative, writing, creating structure, revision and editing. Open to those working on individual essays or book-length projects.

Participants must have written a minimum of 25 pages of memoir narrative by the beginning of the workshop. The 25-page narrative or sections of it will be revised, expanded and edited during the workshop.

Features of the Masterclass Intensive:

  • Customized weekly assignments for each member of the workshop
  • Reading and discussion of published memoirs and personal essays
  • Each writer will have an individual conference with Marita to discuss their project.
  • Evaluation of final rewrite and revision

Six 2-hour Zoom Session


Saturday, May 22, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Agent-Ready/The Book Proposal: The Business of Getting Published

Whether you have completed your manuscript or are still writing, whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, whether you want to independently publish or find an agent who gets you a book deal, this workshop is indispensable. We’ll discuss how the publishing business works, what an agent does and how to get one, the job of an editor, and how to get yourself and your story agent-ready. You’ll learn how to write a query-letter, we’ll discuss the role of social media and how to create a book proposal.

3-hour Zoom Session


Saturday, April 17, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

How to Tell A Story: Character, Plot, Drama

Whether you are writing a novel or a memoir, there is only one way to tell it. A character is challenged, tested, changed, in a narrative that reads, and feels like a compelling, remarkable journey. You’ll be introduced to the elements of character, plot, and drama that are the foundation of powerful storytelling. Discussion of your in-process project. Lots of writing.

3-hour Zoom Session


Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 27, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

The Naked Truth: Writing A Memoir That Matters

Writing a memoir is a way to find meaning in our lives and make art of our experiences coming-of-age, struggles with identity, all the “stuff” of life. In this workshop, we’ll explore writing techniques that will allow you to write fearlessly and with transformative power. Discussion of your in-progress work and lots of writing.

Two 3-hour Zoom Sessions


Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, February 27, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Unthinkable, Unspeakable, Unforgettable: Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction

In this workshop, we’ll explore the characteristics of unforgettable fictional characters. Through close reading of excerpts from novels and short stories, and lots of writing assignments, we’ll create confounding, conflicted, maddening characters, the kind that readers can’t look away from and that they never forget.

Open to beginning and advanced fiction writers.

Two 3-hour Zoom Sessions


Saturday, January 9, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Write Now! 2021: A Creative Writing Intensive to Jumpstart Your Writing in the New Year

  • You want to write but can’t get started.
  • You write but can’t sustain the process.
  • You need an introduction to the elements and techniques of powerful writing.

In this intensive you’ll learn how to tell a compelling, unforgettable story that is compelling and unforgettable. We’ll cover how to begin a story, and develop it through vivid description and characters, drama, and conflict, and an authoritative voice. And you’ll write.

3-hour Zoom Sessions



Saturday, June 12, 2021

12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Black Children's Stories Matter: The Evolution of Children's Literature

Join me June 12 at noon for a Creative Conversation with authors Caroline Brewer and Leslie C. Youngblood.

We'll discuss the growing popularity of narratives for young people that focus on the lives of Black children. These books are winning major literary awards and topping the bestseller lists. We'll discuss why.

Leslie C. Youngblood is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels, "Love Like Sky" and the forthcoming "Forever This Summer." Her honors include the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize and and the Go On Girl! Bookclub Aspiring Writer Award.

Caroline Brewer writes picture books and middle grade books. She is a teacher, the author of 13 books, including children's picture books, and an education consultant. Her books include "Darius Daniels: Game On!" and "Barack Obama A Hip Hop Tale of a King's Dream."

1-hour Facebook Live & YouTube Live session

Click here to RSVP by June 10, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Creative Conversations with Marita featuring Lori Tharps, author of Same Family, Different Colors Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families

Colorism is a once-taboo topic that is now openly discussed, challenged, and confronted in personal conversation, on social media, and increasingly in cultural expressions from film to videos. But how far have we come from the tyranny of “the paper bag” test and how is the discussion of colorism shaped by the increasing ethnic diversity of our society?

Lori Tharps is an associate professor of journalism at Temple University and the co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America and author of Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love, and Spain.

1-hour Facebook Live & YouTube Live session

Click here to RSVP by April 28, 2021 >>

Saturday, March 20, 2021

12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Creative Conversations with Marita - A Black Women Writer’s Showcase to Honor Women’s History Month

Join me as I host a roundtable with six of today’s most talented, creative and impactful Black women writers.

We’ll discuss the women in our lives who inspired us to write, the women writers who modeled excellence for us, and the challenges and satisfactions of our current projects.

Joining me will be:

  • Novelist Kalisha Buckhanon, author most recently of the novel Speaking of Summer
  • Athena Dixon, essayist and nonfiction writer and author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman
  • Felicia Pride, award-winning filmmaker, writer for Queen Sugar and Grey’s Anatomy
  • DeNeen Brown, veteran Washington Post journalist whose recent investigative reporting on the Tulsa massacre will be featured in an upcoming documentary
  • Imani Perry, Hughes-Roberts Professor of African American Studies at Princeton and author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
  • Zelda Lockhart, author of the forthcoming novel The Trinity: The Story of The Father, The Son and the Black Daughter Who Set Things Up Right Again, and the memoir Recollect: A Black Woman’s Journey to Decolonize Mind, Body, and Soul.

1-hour Zoom session

Click here to RSVP by March 18, 2021 >>

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

Our City, Our Stories: Author Talk with Sadeqa Johnson and Marita Golden

During this author's talk, I interviewed Sadeqa Johnson LIVE on the DC Public Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel about her newly published historical novel, "Yellow Wife." "Yellow Wife" is a harrowing story that follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Sadeqa is originally from Philadelphia, and is a former public relations manager, a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and the author of three additional novels.

1-hour LIVE session

Watch the author talk here >>

Saturday, February 20, 2021

12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Creative Conversations with Marita - Special Guest Wil Haygood, Author of The Butler

I had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning biographer Wil Haygood. Wil has written biographies of Adam Clayton Powell, Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and wrote the book that inspired the film The Butler, which starred Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. He has also written Showdown Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Our conversation about Black heroes, Black history, and his forthcoming book "Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Film in a White World" was provocative, informative, and entertaining. We discussed the amazing Black lives he has captured and the trials and triumphs of Black actors since the dawn of the age of film.

You can pre-Order Wil's new book, "Colorization One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World" here >>

1-hour Zoom session

Watch the interview here >>

Saturday, January 2, 2021

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Zoom Q&A: First Page to Finished On Writing and Living the Writer’s Life

Inspired by my nearly 40 years as an author and teacher of writing, in this book I share with you everything I know and everything I have learned about how to write well and how to find community and satisfaction in the process.

Get First Page to Finished today and join me for a half-hour ZOOM discussion -- on Saturday, January 2, 2021 -- of how to get the most out of the book and answers to your most pressing questions.

1/2-hour Zoom session

Purchase the eBook here to participate.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Literary Happy Hour

Let's virtually mix and mingle with our favorite libations (coffee, tea, mocktail ...). I'll take your questions as we celebrate:

  • My new website
  • My forthcoming new books, Black Does Crack Black Women How We Hurt How We Heal and First Page to Finished On Writing and Living the Writer's Life
  • And if you are ready to take the next step in your writing I have a class or service for you in 2021!

1-hour Zoom session

Please RSVP by December 18, 2020