Elders Writing Workshop

This workshop is geared toward Elder African Americans.
The Elders Writing Workshop is “intended to preserve the memoirs of African-Americans 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 older African-Americans to recall the past and to help them turn their recollections into inspirational memoirs and stories. Many African-Americans of older generations, some descendants of enslaved Africans, made huge sacrifices, such as leaving their families and migrating to other parts of the country 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, become our history.

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

This workshop is located at Siloam Presbyterian Church, 260 Jefferson Avenue Brooklyn, NY
(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;
the John Oliver Killens Chair; Amazon Literary partnership; and Poets & Writers.