Literary Workshops & Conference

Saturday, May 10 @ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Temple University, Ritter Hall & Annex


Highlights of Workshops and Panel Discussions Available


Rahiem BrooksWorkshop: Turning a Kernel of an Idea into an Intriguing Mystery Novel | Presenter: Rahiem Jerome Brooks

With the help of interactive discussion, mystery author and crime fiction critic Rahiem Brooks gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You’ll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses. By the time you finish listening to his ideas, you will have a blueprint for your entire story. Parts two is an insider’s guide to getting it into an book seller’s, publisher’s, or reader’s hands.  Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist and is a member of the Mystery Writer’s of America. His debut thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club’s (AAMBC) Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year.


Dove Head Shot2Workshop: Writing as a Tool for Emotional Healing and Personal Empowerment | Presenter: Pheralyn Dove

Writing as a Tool for Emotional Healing and Personal Empowerment is a transformational workshop during which major breakthroughs can be expected. Through a series of guided writing exercises, and managed moments of sharing, participants will identify and release emotional blockages, anger an pain. This cathartic workshop is facilitated in a safe, loving, non-judgmental environment.



FranneMcNeal-BlackDress-CYMKWorkshop: Significant! Creating your Significant Story. Investigate. Document. Discuss. | Presenter: Franne McNeal

Celebrating an African-American woman entrepreneurial experience, Franne McNeal, Author of “Significant! From Frustrated to Franne-tastic”, creates an author reading and/or interactive workshop where participants can draw powerful insights from their own personal stories.  No matter where you’re starting from, and no matter where you want to go … reflecting and sharing your own story can help you recognize your own intrinsic value, communicate it to others, and use it to attract support so that you can create the life and career that you want. This highly interactive workshop will help you identify, appreciate and express your significance and leadership skills, and assist in identifying new insights and personal growth.


Tina Smith-Brown-ASWorkshop & Panel Discussion: Using Associative Creative Writing to Encourage Behavioral Decision Making | Presenter: Tina Smith-Brown

In the Workshop, this team would introduce the Letter to My Father for Elementary Level Students, Letter to My Father for Middle School Students, and Letter to My Father for High School students Curricula.  A creative literary program, this curriculum was created to help students recognize and acknowledge the connection between their social and economic condition, and their classroom performance and behavior. The curriculum uses one of the strongest influences on adolescent identification, the paternal relationship (which has been proven by hundreds of articles and books to be the cornerstone influence on our emotions and lifestyle patterning), to discover hidden factors which affect student behavioral decision-making.


Workshop: Creatively Yours | Presenter: Lynn Blackston

lynnblackstonThe Creatively Yours workshop will focus the emerging artist in researching, writing, publishing and adapting their works for the stage. Participants learn the creative process of writing and presenting a one-person show.  She will perform excerpts from her one-woman shows and provide  participants with the outline  she used. The goal of the Creatively Yours workshop will be to give emerging artists information on how to open up their imagination to bring their  works  to life through researching, writing, publishing and adapting their works for the stage. One of the objectives of the workshop will be to allow  emerging artists the opportunity to outline one of their pieces culminating with a workshop presentation of that outline. Participants of the workshop will discuss the different materials, books, and music that can be used to compile a one-person show or presentation.


Workshop: AfroFuturism & Do-it Yourself  Time Travel | Presenter: Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. 

afro logo finalOctavia Butler’s speculative novel Kindred tells the story of Dana, a Black woman living in 1970’s California who slips through time and ends up in the antebellum South, where she is called upon to save her young, white, slave-owning ancestor. This novel turns the idea of the Grandfather Paradox on its head and uses the personal history and memory of Dana to challenge the distortion of collective memory of slavery crafted by history books and politics. Using Kindred to frame the discussion, this interactive workshop revolves around time travel in some of its most practical applications; through forms of time travel that do not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. The theories behind the workshop propose that time travel, defined as the re-examination of our pasts and active creation of our futures, is accessible to every person, every day. Using Afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the lecture will explore how one can time travel with everyday tools such as memory, dream, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, music. The workshop will discuss and introduce participants to ancient African notions of time, space, and technology, and their modern-day Western manifestations and misappropriations in the sciences.