Dr. Edith Rock Writing Workshop for Elders

The Dr. Edith Rock Writing Workshop for Elders is “intended to preserve the memoirs of elders throughout the African Diaspora whose lives span a major part of the twentieth century and beyond.” The workshop began as the Writing Project for Older African Americans. Its purpose was to gather information from older African Americans whose history is likely to be distorted or lost for lack of original documentation. At the workshop, members were encouraged to recall the past so that their recollections would be crafted into inspirational memoirs and stories. To date, the workshop has published four anthologies and workshop participants are presently working on their fifth theme-based volume of Tales of Our Times.

As we know, many Black people from older generations, some descendants of enslaved Africans, made tremendous sacrifices in their lifetime. Some left their families and migrated to various parts of the United States with the hope of a better life. Most faced discrimination, racism, and segregation during their journey and even after they were settled in their new communities. Their stories, in turn, have become our history.

The Dr. Edith Rock Writing Workshop for Elders takes place at Siloam Presbyterian Church (260 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn, New York). Typically, it runs from October through May each academic year. There is a one-time registration fee for each individual participant. If you or someone you know would like to enroll, please contact us at (718) 804-8883 or writers@mec.cuny.edu.

Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Poets & Writers; and the Amazon Literary Partnership.


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