Two-Day Writing Workshop with Eugenia Kim

Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library

Two-Day Writing Workshop with Eugenia Kim

Eugenia Kim Author Eugenia Kim, author of The Calligrapher's Daughter will present a two-day prose writing workshop on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon and Monday, May 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m. The workshop is targeted specifically to issues related to how we deal with culture and society in our writing—from how we deal with language translation within the text and dialogue to how much information is necessary for a reader to understand a cultural setting, be it familial culture, outer-worldly, overseas, gender-related, historical etc.

The deadline for applications is May 5.  Please e-mail a writing sample of one to three pages to

In the past year, the Shaw community responded overwhelmingly to writing workshops of all genres offered at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library. Free workshops on writing memoir, fiction, nonfiction, the personal essay, and poetry drew hundreds of applications.  Many were disappointed, as class size was limited and all applicants could not be accommodated.         

 These fiction and nonfiction workshops were made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant--federal funds awarded by the State Library to various library programs.  Led  by Marita Golden, renowned author, teacher, speaker and founder of The Hurston / Wright Foundation, Marita Golden participants included housewives, lawyers, teachers, librarians, students and government workers, with a range of writing skills, from beginning to published writers. Samples of writings from the students will be published in an anthology this fall.    

The two-day spiritual memoir writing workshop was offered by Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul. Phifer is affiliated withNan Phifer The Oregon Writing Project, University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.  More than 20 people attended the workshop, and  many requested  more sessions.  Phifer offered strategies to guide participants to  look deeply into places inside themselves,  seek memories, pleasant  and painful, important and insignificant--and craft these into tributes to parents and friends, or use the writing process as a means to cleanse themselves and move on with life.  We look forward to more workshops from Phifer in the coming months.         

 To celebrate  National Poetry Month, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw library collaborated with WOMA and the DC Youth Slam Team to host a Spoken Poetry Workshop for youth  titled: “Girl, You Be Killing Em/Defining Beauty Through Poetry." Award-winning spoken word artists Jonathan Tucker & Hadaiyah "Ya-Ya" Bey used  poetry to lead an interactive workshop on how we see and define beauty. Students participated in a discussion and engaged in creating and sharing poetry regarding the workshop’s theme. Although geared toward youth, poets and poetry lovers of all ages were encouraged to participate. The youngest participants were 9 years old. Some teens visiting the library discovered the workshop and enthusiastically joined in. Other budding poets included high school and college students, and young professionals. 

The library has a wonderful collection of books for writers of all genres and at all levels. Some suggested books are:

1. The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, andIs Life Like This? Formatting (808.042 S116A3)

2. Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt (808.02 R813)

3. The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Give and Receive Feedback, The everything creative writing book Self-Edit, and Make Revisions by Becky Levine (808.027 L665)

4. Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months by John Dufresne (808.3 D864)

5. The Everything Creative Writing Book: All You Need to Craft Well-Written and Marketable Stories, Screenplays, Blogs, and More by Wendy Burt-Thomas (808.02 B973)

6. Creative Writing Demystified by Sheila Bender (808.02 B458C)

Be a creative writer 7. How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--a Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark (808.3 M685)

8. The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques by Nancy Lamb (808.3 L218)Craft and business of writing

9. Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to Know About Writing Novels, Nonfiction, New Media, Scripts and Short Stories by Jurgen Wolff (808.02 W855)

10. The Craft & Business of Writing: Essential Tools for Writing Success by Writer's Digest Books (Firm) (808.02 C885)