The LA chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is honored to host a Black History Month panel on February 24, 2021, at 5pm PST/8pm EST. The panel discussion titled, “Beyond the Diversity Question: The Future of Black Lit,” will be hosted by Angela Shanté, our NEW Diversity Chair.
This event is free for members and non-members.
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Angela Shanté is an Award-winning author, elementary education teacher, writer, and poet. Angela grew up in New York City where she fell in love with words and teaching. She received a Master’s in Elementary Education with a focus on curriculum/literacy and later went back to school to receive an MFA in Creative Writing. In addition to her writing, Angela is an education content writer/editor and curriculum consultant.
Interested in helping with diversity initiatives? Please reach out to Angela directly at Angelajohnson.WNBA@gmail.com.
Join WNBA-LA as we dig deep into Black History Month with Beyond The Diversity Question: The Future of Black Lit.
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Did you forget to submit your writing? Have no fear, the deadline has been extended! Be sure to join WNBA-LA, members receive a discounted entry fee!
For more information and how to submit, click here!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is only days away. Are you ready? Here are a few tips to help you prepare to write 50,000 words by the end of the month:
- Write a synopsis. Take a few minutes to jot down the main points of your novel before NaNoWriMo kicks off. Not quite ready to flesh it out? That’s okay! Start by jotting down some plot or character details and maybe they will find their way into your writing.
- Make a playlist. Seasoned NaNoWriMo winners suggest making an inspirational playlist that gets your writing juices flowing. Find those jams that make you feel great and get your playlist ready.
- Create a writing space. Having a designated space to write can make it easier and more comfortable for daily writing. You don’t need a lot of space, just a cozy corner or a spot at the dining room table. Find a place where you can set up to get those daily words on paper.
- Schedule time to write. One of the hardest parts of NaNoWriMo is finding time to write your daily word average. If you miss several days, it can feel intimidating to get back on track. Schedule time each day to sit down and write and stick to it. The words will add up before you know it!
- Find your support network. Writing 50,000 words in a month takes time and dedication. Find a support network to keep you moving towards your goal. There are several options for creating a supportive writing community. NaNoWriMo offers weekly write-ins for regional groups all over the US. Another great option for WNBA-LA members is Incite to Write, a new facebook group to help keep you motivated and writing and take your writing all the way Not a member, don’t miss out on all the fun. Join Today!
The 34th Annual Judy Lopez Award for Children’s Literature Reception and Afternoon Tea is just around the corner on September 15th. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there is still time!
Join the Women’s National Book Association/ Los Angeles Chapter at the Culver Hotel. Reception and Book Sales start at 1:00 P.M. and the Tea and Program will run from 2:00-4:00 P.M.
This year’s Tea is being held in memory of Margaret Flanders (1940-2019).
Mark your calendar and secure your tickets today: Click Here for More Information.
If you’re looking for a fun, book-filled weekend (and seriously, who isn’t?), then make sure to add the Leimert Park Village Book Fair to your calendar. On Saturday, August 24th from 10am to 5pm, the event voted “one of LA’s 5 best annual book festivals” will be held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. With multiple authors and book events happening throughout the day, the certain highlight will be the presentation and live cooking demonstrations provided by Laila Ali, the successful boxer and cookbook author, whom also happens to be the daughter of Muhammad Ali.
Over 40 additional authors will be participating, along with a star-studded panel of presenters including Los Angeles Poet Laureate (2014-2016) Luis J. Rodriguez and more. Exhibitors including CLBC, County of Los Angeles Public Library, Kensington Books, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Farm Fresh To You, Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others will be participating. Be sure to check it out!