ABOUT YOUR MASTERCLASS TEACHER
Marita Golden is an award-winning author of 20 works of fiction and nonfiction, a master teacher of writing coach, a mentor, and a literary and creative writing consultant. As a literary activist, she co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. She works with writers to help them skillfully and powerfully tell their story. In her workshops, her coaching, and manuscript evaluation she enables writers to write in their most authentic, creative, and personal literary voice.
As a teacher of writing Marita has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University, and as Writer in Residence at the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies.
Her novel The Wide Circumference of Love, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her other books include the novels After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Saving Our Sons and Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After, awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her most recent book is The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women.