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A Motivational Writing Workshop

September 18 @ 12:00 pm

Marita Golden (author of The Strong Black Woman) has a writing workshop for you to take part in on the 18th of September.

Event Details:

Do you need a writing “refresh”?
Are you finally ready to write?

Writing is as much psychological and emotional as it is physical. The stories we want to write require not only technical skill but courage. I’ll introduce you to techniques and exercises to help you defeat self-censorship, self-sabotage of your desire to write, and the belief that your story is too big, simply too much, for you to master.

In the first session:

– We’ll explore the stories you have inherited or created that stall or defeat your attempts to write.
– We’ll create a vision and blueprint for your writing life.
– You’ll discover why you write and more importantly how to write with regularity and dedication.
– I’ll introduce you to the techniques you need to create and sustain your writing life.

In the second session:

– We’ll explore the tools you will use in your writing.
– I will show you how to conduct research for your story that goes beyond Google.
– I will introduce you to the best interview techniques to use no matter the subject.
– You’ll learn why imagination is the foundation of powerful writing and you’ll learn how to strengthen and increase your imagination.

Participants will have the option of submitting a 500-word narrative after the workshop for evaluation.

The Strong Black Woman

How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women

“Black don’t crack”. The Strong Black Woman Syndrome is a racist and sexist archetype created to marginalize Black women. It is a toxic ideology that is a major factor contributing to the dismal health metrics for Black women, showing that four out of five are overweight and are more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack than White women. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. “Black don’t crack” is a familiar adage. We never buckle, never feel vulnerable, and never bother others with our pain.

Black women face a hidden mental health crisis of anxiety and depression. To be a Black woman in America is to know that you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, that your value is consistently questioned, and that even being “twice as good” is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health.

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