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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.

The Book Business A-Z

Want to be a published writer? Learn how to write and sell your book.

First Draft

Start, recharge and develop your writing practice.

I Want to Write

You want to write but can’t create or sustain a consistent writing life.

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.

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

Saturday, May 7 & May 21, 2022

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Agent Ready/ The Nonfiction Book Proposal

Whether you have completed your manuscript or are still writing, 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 nonfiction book proposal.

In this workshop you will write a query letter, and revise or begin writing your book proposal.

Two 3-hour Zoom sessions

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

Saturday, April 2, 2022

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Self-publishing A-Z

Move from Dream to Book-in-Hand
 
Join Award-winning author and writing coach Marita Golden and  award-winning
author and indie-publishing strategist Tracy Chiles McGhee for a two-hour
masterclass that will answer the most frequently asked questions about
independently publishing your book. 
 
You will learn:

  • How to write a well written manuscript that engages the reader
  • How to enlist a team that handles design, graphics, production, and distribution set-
    up
  • How to make your book stand out and sell in a very crowded field
  • How to build your author platform and position yourself for lucrative
    opportunities

2-hour online session

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

Saturday, March 12 & March 26, 2022

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

All Stories Are True: The Fact and Fiction of Memoir

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.
  • Discuss your in-progress work and there will be lots of writing.
  • You will create and revise a memoir narrative during the workshop and receive my evaluation.

Two 3-hour Zoom sessions

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Saturday, February 12 & February 26, 2022

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Unforgettable: Creating Memorable 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.

You will create and revise a fictional narrative during the workshop are receive my
written evaluation.

Two 3-hour Zoom sessions

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Saturdays, January 8 & 22, 2022

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

The Deep End: How to Tell A Story

  • 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.

Open to those writing fiction and nonfiction. You will create a narrative to be read and discussed in the workshop and revised for my evaluation.

Two 3-hour Zoom sessions

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Saturdays, September 18 & 25, 2021

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Get Ready to Write: A Motivational Writing Workshop

Do you need a writing “refresh”?
Are you finally ready to write?

Writing is as much psychological and emotional as it is physical. The stories we want to write require not only technical skill but courage. I’ll introduce you to techniques and exercises to help you defeat self-censorship, self-sabotage of your desire to write, and the belief that your story is too big, simply too much, for you to master.

Participants will have the option of submitting a 500-word narrative after the workshop for evaluation.

In these sessions:

  • We’ll explore the stories you have inherited or created that stall or defeat your attempts to write.
  • We’ll create a vision and blueprint for your writing life.
  • You’ll discover why you write and more importantly how to write with regularity and dedication.
  • I’ll introduce you to the techniques you need to create and sustain your writing life.
  • We’ll explore the tools you will use in your writing.
  • I will show you how to conduct research for your story that goes beyond Google.
  • I will introduce you to the best interview techniques to use no matter the subject.
  • You’ll learn why imagination is the foundation of powerful writing and you’ll learn how to strengthen and increase your imagination.

Two 3-hour Zoom Sessions

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Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14, 21 2021

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

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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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

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

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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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER >>

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, December 3, 2021

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST

Sankofa Bookstore

Purchase the book online to enhance the book talk experience.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

A Special Book Mecca Presentation: Marita Golden, Author of The Strong Black Woman

Marita will be in conversation with Book Mecca Founder Shaylon Scott about her new book, The Strong Black Woman and Black women’s health.

Purchase the book online to enhance the book talk experience.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE >>

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST

The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women With Author Marita Golden and Tina Jenkins Bell

Marita will read from The Strong Black Woman and be interviewed by writer Tina Jenkins Bell

Purchase the book online to enhance the book talk experience.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE >>

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Book Talk: The Strong Black Woman with Marita Golden

For generations, in response to systemic racism, Black women and African American culture created the persona of the Strong Black Woman, a woman who, motivated by service and sacrifice, handles, manages, and overcomes any problem, any obstacle. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. Never buckling, never feeling vulnerable, and never bothering with their pain.

Join the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) as they host me in conversation with IPS Director, Tope Folarin, about my new book “The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women.” Also joining the discussion is special guest Dr. Seanna Leath, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in the Psychology Department who runs the FHIRE Lab. She uses education and psychology to understand the holistic development of Black girls and women within their families, schools, and communities. Specifically, her work focuses on how individual factors (e.g., race and gender identity beliefs) and contextual factors (e.g., friendship groups and community support) promote wellbeing.

Purchase the book online in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

Two 1-hour Zoom Session

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Workshop on the Book Proposal for Well-Read Black Girl Conference

Purchase the book online in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

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

Reading from The Strong Black Woman and Conversation with novelist Patricia Elam.

Purchase the book to enhance the conversation.

In-person @ Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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

Reading and discussion about Black women’s mental health
presented by Pyramid Bookstore interviewed by writer Janis F. Kearney

Purchase the book to enhance the conversation.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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

Interview on Black Authors Matter TV discussing Black
women’s mental health.

Purchase the book to enhance the conversation.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST

Well-Read Black Girl Conference Panel Discussion and Reading

On Taking Care of Ourselves

Panelists: Marita Golden, Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Minda Harts, and Dr. Joy

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE >>

Friday, October 22, 2021

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST

Marita Golden Presents Write Now! 2021: A Creative Writing Intensive

Join author Marita Golden in a 3-hour creative writing workshop, offered online for up to 20 participants. This workshop will include a 15-minute break. You must register to attend this event.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

Virtual session

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Friday, October 22, 2021

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Politics & Prose Live! Marita Golden | Reading and Conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez About the Current Re-Examination of The Strong Black Woman Complex

Meet Black women who have learned though hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and sometimes family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care.

In The Strong Black Woman, hear the stories of African American women who:

  • Asked for help when they needed it
  • Built lives that offer healing every day
  • Learned to accept that healing

I will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm. Her forthcoming novel Take My Hand will be published in April 2022. Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

Two 1-hour Zoom Session

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Baltimore Public Library - Enoch Pratt Free Library Reading and Conversation with Dr. Georgie Willie-Carnegie, cardiologist, Washington Hospital Center about The Strong Black Woman and Black women’s physical and mental health.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

Zoom Session

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Monday, October 18, 2021

10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. PST

Marita Golden in Conversation - Las Vegas Book Fair Reading and Conversation with Michelle Petties, Author, Speaker and Food Story Finder about Black women’s health.

Author Marita Golden will read from her works while engaging in a discussion with author Michelle Petties before opening up the discussion for questions from the audience. 

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

Virtual session

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

Discussion of "The Strong
Black Woman" and how Black women can create new definitions of strength on “Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys”, an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on providing people with tools to enrich and advance their lives mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Callers are encouraged to call (516) 387-1745 to listen or ask questions. The show is LIVE on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. Eastern.

Joy is a licensed social worker, mother, trainer, speaker, mentor, actress, writer, producer and director. Ms. Keys holds a Masters in Social Work.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

1-hour Podcast

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST

Clubhouse Stage Celebration of "The Strong Black Woman" Hosted by Tracy Chiles McGhee on Clubhouse

Reading from The Strong Black Woman, interview by host Tracy and discussion with women interviewed for the book.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the conversation.

1-hour Clubhouse Session

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US >>

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST

Creative Conversations with Marita

Join Marita for the official launch of her new book, The Strong Black Woman How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women.

She will be interviewed by Gwen McKinney founder of McKinney & Associates, the first Black woman-owned communications firm in the nation’s capital dedicated to progressive public policy.

We will welcome your questions after a reading and interview and look forward to a lively discussion about Black women's health, healing and new ways to define strength.

Purchase The Strong Black Woman in advance to enhance the conversation.

1-hour Facebook Live session

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST

Author Talk with Marita Golden

DC Public Library reading and conversation with Dr. Pamela Brewer about the mental health issues affecting Black women.

Dr. Pamela Brewer, a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years, is also the host of MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer, a relationship and mental health program currently airing on YouTube.

Purchase the book online in advance to enhance the book talk experience.

1-hour Facebook and YouTube Live Session

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Tuesday, September 28 & Wedneday, September 29, 2021

UCA hosts Marita Golden as Artist-in-Residence

I will be a Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas presented by the  College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Thanks to novelist M. Shelley Conner, author of the novel Everyman for inviting me to speak with undergraduate writing students, MFA students and to give a public reading.

In-person:

University of Central Arkansas, College of Business Auditorium, room 106

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE >>

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