Dr. Edith Rock Elders Writing Workshop

The Dr. Edith Rock Elders Writing Workshop is “intended to preserve the memoirs of elders throughout the African Diaspora whose lives span a major part of the twentieth century and beyond.” The writing workshop began as the Writing Project for Older African Americans with the purpose of gathering information from older Black Americans whose history is likely to be distorted or lost for lack of original documentation. The specific purpose of the writing workshop is to encourage elders to recall the past and to help them turn their recollections into inspirational memoirs and stories. Many Blacks from older generations, some descendants of enslaved Africans, made huge sacrifices, such as leaving their families and migrating to various parts of the United States with the hope of a better life; others faced challenges in the forms of discrimination, racism, and segregation during their journey and even after they were settled. Their stories, in turn, have become our history.

To date, the workshop has produced four (4) published anthologies and workshop participants are presently working on their fifth theme-based volume of “Tales of Our Times.”

This workshop is located at Siloam Presbyterian Church, 260 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn, New York (at the corner of Marcy Avenue), and runs from October through May each Academic Year. There is generally a one-time registration fee for each individual participant.

If you would like to enroll in this workshop, please contact us at 718-804-8883 or writers@mec.cuny.edu.

Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY;
Poets & Writers; and Amazon Literary Partnership.