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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, June 12, 2021

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

Creative Conversations with Marita featuring YA (Young Adult) authors Leslie Youngblood and Caroline Brewer.

Young adult books for Black readers have energized the publishing world and created a new generation of Black authors writing for Black children. In this discussion with two successful YA authors, we’ll examine the challenges and opportunities in publishing with a mainstream publishing house and independent publishing. We’ll discuss the need for stories for Black children, their importance, and how those stories are evolving.

Leslie C. Youngblood is the award-winning author of Love Like Sky and Forever This Summer. Caroline Brewer is the author of several books for children including most recently, Darius Daniels: Game On.

1-hour Facebook Live & YouTube Live session

Registration opening soon!

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

Registration opening soon!

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