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. Marita leads workshops where these subjects are not taboo, are discussed openly and where writers find and create community. Through writing exercises inspired by her many years as a master teacher, participants break through the psychological barriers that cripple their attempts to write with regularity and confidence.

Marita Golden’s 2018 Workshops and Seminars

Write Now!

Friday – Sunday, August 10, 11 & 12
A “full immersion” weekend of talks, writing sessions, writing breakthroughs, group feedback, and conversation with emerging and published fiction or non-fiction writers. Make this the summer you:
Jump-start or reinvigorate your writing life
Get clarity about your project
Find a supportive community
Let Marita Golden, veteran master-teacher work with you to increase your confidence in your ability to write and gain mastery of the techniques needed to tell your story. This ten-hour week-end retreat can change your writing life!
Venue: Marita’s home in Mitchellville, Maryland

Marita Golden is the award-winning author of 16 works of fiction and nonfiction including the classic memoir Migrations of the Heart, and most recently the novel The Wide Circumference of Love. She has taught writing at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Her writing and literary activism has been recognized by among others, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the NAACP Image Award, and Poets and Writers. Marita is Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

Special Guest: Melanie S. Hatter

Acclaimed novelist Edwidge Dandicat selected Melanie S. Hatter as the winner of the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize. Melanie’s novel, MALAWI’S SISTERS will be published in the spring of 2019 by Four Way Books. Melanie is also the author of “The Color of My Soul,” winner of the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and “Let No One Weep for Me, Stories of Love and Loss.” She is a regular participant in the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Writers in Schools program in Washington, D.C., and serves on the board of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

Friday August 10
6:00 pm Dinner with Marita and Melanie followed by questions and discussion. Melanie will discuss the art of fiction.
Saturday August 11
10:00 am to 3:00 pm Writing workshop (lunch included).
Marita will lecture on the art of the memoir and nonfiction writing. Workshop will include in-class writing.
Sunday September 12
9:30 am to 11:30 am Final workshop

Cost: $425.00


Cancellation/Refund Policy: To cancel attendance after registration and payment of full tuition, please inform in writing for a refund of $125.00.

If you are coming from out of town several good budget-priced hotels are within ten minutes of the workshop venue.


Writing From The Spirit

Saturday October 6,   9 am to 3pm
Writing From The Spirit: An imagination and idea-generation workshop

This mixed-genre workshop, open to emerging and experienced writers, will stimulate your creativity and sharpen your ability to write deeply and fearlessly. You will write outside your comfort zone and redefine your comfort zone. We won’t write outside the box, we’ll get rid of the box and discover the beauty of “process” and accept fear and doubt as propellants not roadblocks to creativity. You’ll write in forms you may have thought were off limits to you. You’ll “uncloset” the stories you want to write but are unsure of. Lots of in-class writing, small group discussion, oral presentation and discovery.  You will gain a radically new vision of what and how to write.

Venue: Marita’s home in Mitchellville, Maryland

Cost: $250   (lunch included)

Cancellation/Refund Policy: If you are unable to attend you will receive a credit that can be used toward the cost of another workshop.

In addition, Marita also offers the following workshops

I Want to Write: 2 Day Workshop

You want to write but can’t create or sustain a consistent writing life. You want to write but fear and self-censorship chip away at your confidence. After years of holding a story in your heart you are ready to tell that story but you need guidance and support. This two- day workshop (open to writers in all genres) will introduce you to the basics of powerful writing and show you how to write regularly with authority and how to master the language needed to write stories your readers will remember. This is a great workshop for experienced writers who need to “reboot” their writing lives.

How to Sell Your Book

This intensive day-long workshop will answer the most frequently asked questions about the publishing industry and how to get your book published. Among the topics to be covered:

  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Write an effective “pitch” for your story
  • How to find the right agent
  • How to Write A Book Proposal
  • Why self- publishing is gaining acceptance
  • The truth about writers, publishers and money
  • Discussion of and critique of participant’s projects will be a part of the workshop, as well as writing exercises.

Elements of Fiction

This workshop will focus on the central elements of fiction-plot, scenes and narrative. This workshop for writers with in-progress short stories or novels will focus on the technique of creating scenes that are dramatic, narrative that is compelling and revealing and a plot that keeps the reader interested. In the workshop we will read examples of published writing, discuss and critique participant’s stories and create new work.

Writing Day Retreat

Do you need a writing buddy? Do you hate writing alone?
I invite you to attend a writing hook-up with a small group of writers (up to six). Spend the day writing and being energized and inspired by a group of writers working on their projects. In my book-lined library you can write think and create with scheduled breaks and light refreshments.

How To Get Agent-Ready

This one- day workshop is perfect for any writer who wants to get their fiction or non-fiction book published. You’ll learn how to write a manuscript that is literary agent and publisher ready, how to find the best agent for you and your book, and the top three things agents look for in a manuscript. We’ll discuss and evaluate your project and you’ll get advice on how to prepare for and what to expect on the page to publisher journey. If you have an agent but are looking for a new one, or if you want to find your first agent, this workshop will answer the most frequently asked questions and will provide hard-to-find advice and guidance.




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