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The Center for Black Literature in partnership with the Department of Adult & Continuing Education presents

A Fiction Writing Workshop

fiction writing class


Donna Hill

National Best Selling Author of

“What My Mother Never Told Me”

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, offers a Fiction Writing Workshop through the Adult & Continuing Education program (ACE). Please check our calendar for dates.

Get started by working with established, published author Donna Hill and learn tools to hone the craft of creative writing. Are you interested in starting or finishing your novel? How about completing that short story you have been stuck on? Beginners are welcome. Limited capacity.

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Registration Details

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ACE Contact Info

Telephone: 718-804-8850
E-mail: ace.info@mec.cuny.edu
Register Online: Please Click here:

$85 per session OR
$275 for all 4 sessions-Course Code: ED-FW-100


Session Code Spring 2014
6 PM-8 PM
Summer 2014
6 PM-8 PM
1 Character—More than a Name ED-FW 101 5/2/14 7/8/14
2 Setting—As Story ED-FW 102 5/9/14 7/15/14
3 Plot—It’s Elemental ED-FW 103 5/16/14 7/22/14
4 Now What? ED-FW 104 *5/30/14 7/29/14

*No session on May 23, 2014 – Memorial Day weekend

Session Descriptions:

Session 1: Character—More than a Name $85.00

Characters are the heart and soul of any novel. Discover how to create strong, three-dimensional characters from the ground up. Develop a character bio and see your characters come to life on the page. There was never a great book without great characters.

Session 2: Setting—As Story $85.00

The place, where you set your story, can be as powerful as the story itself. Find out how to make your settings sparkle with realism even if you have made up the town. Everyone knows about New York, but did they know that the Underground Railroad had stops in Downtown Brooklyn? Discover how to incorporate exciting elements of setting to spice up your novel, and how to be sure that your information is accurate even if you’ve lived in the neighborhood all of your life. Do you know if Sixth Avenue goes uptown or down? Where is the Guggenheim Museum?

Session 3: Plot—It’s Elemental $85.00

Plot is the foundation of your story. Without plot your words will dance around on the page aimlessly. Even your wonderful characters cannot save a lackluster plot. Learn how to manipulate the elements of plot from point of view, foreshadowing, internal and external conflict, climax, where and how to begin, and so much more.

Session 4: Now what? $85.00

What do I do when I’m done? Learn the ins and outs of the next steps when your novel is finished. Finding an editor, an agent; self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, using social media to build your fan base and so much more.

Meet Donna Hill:

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Donna Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for confession magazines. She has more than 50 published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African-American romance genre. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. Hill has appeared on numerous radio and television stations across the country and her work has appeared on several best-seller lists, including Essence, Emerge and The Dallas Morning News among others. She has received numerous awards for her work—which crosses several genres - including The Career Achievement Award, the first recipient of The Trailblazer Award, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award, and The Gold Pen Award, as well as commendations for her community service, during her tenure as director for Kianga House—a transitional residence for homeless teen mothers and their children. Hill cowrote the screenplay “Fire,” which enjoyed limited theater release before going to DVD.

Her career found her working full time, as a writer, for the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz from 2006 to 2013. As an editor, she has packaged several highly successful novels and anthologies, two of which were nominated for awards. She served as a writing instructor at The Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in New York and as a writing instructor with the Elders Writing Program sponsored by Medgar Evers College through Poets & Writers, and oversaw the compilation and publication of their memoir anthology Tales of Our Time (2012). Hill is a graduate of Goddard College with an MFA in creative writing. She has also been an adjunct professor of English at Essex County College, The College of New Rochelle, and an adjunct teaching assistant for Ashford University. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and is currently an adjunct professor of English at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

CBL – Telephone: 718-804-8883;
E-mail: Writers@mec.cuny.edu
Web: www.centerforblackliterature.org

ACE – Telephone: 718-804-8850
E-mail: ace.info@mec.cuny.edu

This course is in partnership with the Department of Adult & Continuing Education, School of Professional and Community Development at Medgar Evers College, CUNY


Register Online: Please click here

  1. Go to “Online Registration”
  2. Select “Course /New Students”
  3. Select “arrowthe semester in which you want to take the course. (The screen will change.)
  4. Either search “fiction” or click “Education Institute” on the menu bar to the left.
  5. Select “ED-FW 100” for the full workshop or the appropriate section number for the session you would like to take.
  6. Click “Show Detail & Register” icon, then click “RegisterarrowRightOrange”,
  7. “view selected courses”.
  8. Follow the prompts from there.*

*You will be asked to complete information as a new student or to enter your student ID to complete the payment process. Thank you for you support and cooperation.

If you need assistance please email ace.info@mec.cuny.edu

Having Problems? Start from the beginning.
Method #2:

  1. https://connect.mec.cuny.edu/cers/cers.aspx
  2. Select “Courses/New Students” from the menu bar.
  3. Follow the steps above from step #2.
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