Hurston/Wright Foundation | Weekend Workshops
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Weekend Workshops

Stretch the Bounds of Your Imagination

The Hurston/Wright Weekend Workshops are open to Black writers working in the genres of fiction and poetry. Join an intimate group of writers for a weekend of intensive writing and discovery that will stretch the bounds of your imagination and your writing. Working with award-winning authors who lead each workshop, you will be mentored and find and create a nurturing community of support.

Sign up today for our writers workshop happening on March 14–15, 2015 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.



This workshop will focus on fiction set in imaginative worlds-the historical past, an alternative variation of our current world or an entirely imagined universe. This workshop will provide you with the foundation to let your imagination take you and your reader to incredible places.



c6af7e_d07c7c3b59844faab4592616703c74aaDavid Anthony Durham is the author of six novels, among them The Sacred Band, The Other Lands and Acacia (a John W. Campbell Award Winner). His novels have been translated into eight languages and four of his novels have been optioned for development as feature films. He has taught at the University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts.

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This workshop for writers working on short stories and novels will focus on the most important elements of dramatic narrative—the structure of your story, character development, plot, and drama.

Workshop Leader:

Mitchell Jackson

c6af7e_a2ca38a10f6f4b08ae34e8bd927696c8Mitchell Jackson is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Residue Yearswhich was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction. He teaches writing at New York University.

Writing your Screenplay

In this workshop writers will move from writing scenes to learning the basics of writing and completing a screenplay. This workshop will sharpen writing skills and illustrate how to move from one cool character or one dramatic scene to a finished script.

Workshop Leader:

Shari Carpenter

c6af7e_f3e1316e53da47c89118906d5e117c71Shari Carpenter started her film career as a script supervisor on such notable movies as Malcolm X and Inside Man, The First Wives Club, and Waiting to Exhale among many others. Ms. Carpenter’s work has aired on BET J’s The Best Shorts and has screened in festivals both nationally and internationally. Most recently she sold her romantic comedy screenplay 32-21-42 which she will direct.