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TORCH Spring 2023 Season

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

Workshops, the TORCH Wildfire Reading Series, panels, and more!

Torch Literary Arts provides programs at no cost to attendees. Donations are appreciated.

TORCH Wildfire Reading Series

Feb. 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Black Pearl Books

Torch Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with Yesenia Montilla, author of Muse Found in a Colonized Body, and Raina J. León, author of black god mother this body. Jasminne Mendez, author of City Without Altar, will moderate a Q&A after the reading.

Workshop: Writers Be Blockin

with Ebony Stewart

Feb. 26 a 3:00 p.m. - Virtual

Writers Be Blockin is an opportunity to find your voice and new ways to tell, revamp, or edit the same story to ignite ideas for writing and creating with a purpose. Expect discussion, digging, and honesty surrounding self, imposter syndrome, and puzzle pieces to start connecting.

Registration is now full.

The Turn Up: Black Women in the Writers' Room

March 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Vuka North Lamar

Torch Literary Arts is proud to present The Turn Up: Black Women in the Writers' Room featuring Jonterri Gadson (Netflix), Vannessa Jackson (SNL), and Chinaka Hodge (Disney+)! Panelists will share their experiences writing for some of your favorite TV shows and the joys and challenges of building a career inside the writers' room.

Breaking Water: Poetry & Storytelling on Black Maternal Health

April 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The Contemporary - Laguna Gloria

Torch Literary Arts and Black Mamas ATX proudly present Breaking Water: An Evening of Poetry & Storytelling. Inspired by Wangechi Mutu’s Water Woman, this program will speak to Black women’s physical and mythical connection to water, specifically during and around the process of childbirth.

Workshop: Write What You Know: Creating Relatable Characters for the Screen

with Evelyn Ngugi

March 27 at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual

Before you ever write a script, a lot of foundational work goes into creating memorable characters that viewers will latch on to (or love to hate). In this class, we’ll use examples from popular shows, online skits, and even public figures to understand what makes a truly relatable character.

Workshop: Turning a Phrase with Zora

with Ariana Brown

May 24 at 7:00 p.m. - Virtual

Beautiful writing isn’t just about imagery—it’s also about finding simple, innovative ways of expressing an idea. In this class, we’ll study the work of Zora Neale Hurston, focusing on how she uses emotional yet straightforward language to convey complex ideas.

Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.


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