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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Tonya Coats - Maya Angelou Essay from Even the Stars Look Lonesome

  • July 20, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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    • Join Tonya Coats in a discussion of Maya Angelou’s essay, A House Can Hurt a Home Can Heal, from her book Even the Stars Look Lonesome.  Workshop participants will explore the themes of resilience, hope, and healing revealed in Angelou's piece.

Come to share your thoughts and experiences and leave inspired to apply what you have learned to your own writing! As we delve into the poignant essay, we will discuss such craft ideas as weaving, metaphor, object writing and more. Whether you are a seasoned writer or a beginner, this workshop promises to be a safe and supportive space to explore your craft as we journey through the inspiring words of one of the greatest writers of our time. 

Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She also published   three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.  


Dr. Tonya Coats, OCWW's Onsite Production Director is a native Chicagoan and semi-retired Family Physician who creates in broad mediums. She has completed two novels available for publication that she is adapting to screenplays. Her poetry has placed 1 st in the Social Science category of the 2021 Poets & Patrons of Chicagoland contest.  She has published two short pieces in OCWW anthologies: The Healer, in  A Reason to Be Here (2019) and When I Was Five, in Turning Points (2021). In addition, she has placed essays in the New York Times, Riverteeth Journal and an upcoming anthology Black Memoir Matters, by Memoir Magazine. 

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