The Writers’ Block
By Jennifer Bush-Harris
The Writers' Block exists to be an encouragement and resource to all writers along their journey! Whether you write as a hobby, if you are a blogger, or you are on your way towards publication, we have something for everyone!
Come see us every other Thursday and get your strength back to keep going! And as always, Happy Writing!
Come see us every other Thursday and get your strength back to keep going! And as always, Happy Writing!
68A. Writing In Black
There is SEND FOR A POET segment! Work title: SPEECH TO THE YOUNG by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks! Follow The Melanin_Library on IG: @melanin_library. We are in a time of opposition as it relates to The Arts! For all the progress, platforms and the resurgence of Black writers, actors and directors, this craft—this work!—is hard. But it still has to be done.
November 22, 2021
68. Nia’s CANDYMAN
TW: Body horror (There will also be spoilers). There is one thing to be said about this classic urban legend! The fact that Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele were able to reimagine the short story that was created by white man (Clive Barker) from Boogieman to anti-hero? Is a testament to the power of the black imagination and that in the black history is black horror.
November 9, 2021
67A. The Yipps (Writing Hesitation)
We all have a crisis of confidence as it relates to writing every now and again. Sometimes you can get out of that Meyer by yourself, sometimes you need help! Either way, let this bonus episode episode will be a reminder that you are not alone, pencils have erasers, and always save your work… You still have to go back to where you started in order to keep going.
November 8, 2021
The 2021 Emmys were trash. Representation still matters, and is rooted in respect. Black artists are worthy of respect. Always.
October 3, 2021
66. Write Yourself In
There is a power in representation. Since language is legacy, what legacy are you writing to leave?
September 19, 2021
65. The Discovery of TUT
Tutenese. A language spoken by enslaved peoples. And this language…is a link to past. Language is legacy. Follow me on TikTok: @whatjayesaid/@shesgottapen. The favorites mentioned: @miawarpath, @auntcalei, @jay.warpath.
September 9, 2021
64. Elle Dowd, Clergy-Activist, 'Author of Baptized In Tear Gas'
Elle Dowd is a powerhouse for all good things. Wife, mother, student, interferer, activist, clergy and purveyor of bold lips and a lip ring. Elle and her husband, Adam, came into my sphere during what is now being remembered as the Ferguson Uprising. In this turbulent time, I met many people, heard of more people, under the scariest of circumstances! I came across Elle through Twitter, and followed her through Facebook! When I heard that she had written a book, I knew two things: I needed to read it and she needed to be on this platform! As Elle is a member of the clergy, and I am a woman of faith, the conversation does delve into faith, the power of it, and how what we know s modern-Christianity glosses over needed issues relating to social justice, racism, and even how we as the Body of Christ gloss over how Christ was killed by the state. From speaking about John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Traci Blackmon and James Cone, Elle makes room in this conversation to have harder conversations. Why? The are needed and necessary. Baptized In Tear Gas is available August 10. Follow Elle on Facebook here. To learn more about SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation) click here.
August 5, 2021
63. Author Interview: Keturah Kendrick, Author of "No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone".
Keturah Kendrick is a force of nature, and it is fitting seeing that her hometown is New Orleans, Louisiana! This interview is the continuation of the conversation that Keturah and I had last year on Instagram dealing with the value of representation. This conversation is a reminder that representation is a process, erasure is a choice, and owning all of yourself as a Black woman--walking in an anti-Black world!--is a revolutionary act. The take away from this conversation, remember: "Freedom is a moving target." Follow Keturah on social media and get your entire life! Site: https://www.keturahkendrick.com/ IG: keturahkendrick Twitter: @HappySingleGal Articles: https://www.huffpost.com/author/keturah-kendrick FOLLOW AND SUPPORT HER PATREON! Keturah Kendrick, Ambassador of Freedom BUY MY SISTER'S BOOK: https://www.amazon.com/Keturah-Kendrick/e/B07NTMV5GS%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
July 29, 2021
62. The Scramble
Have you ever had that feeling of trying to write everything you think about all at one time? Yeah... This show is for you. In this particular episode, we are going to talk about the scramble, what that means, and even how to handle it when it happens. Don't worry! It's common, and with all common problems, there is a solution for it!
July 19, 2021
61A. Reconciling The Writer
The Black Girl Poetry Scrapbook is the brainchild of Chanel Hardy and Hardy Publications. The anthology is available July 15! For all order information, please visit http://www.chardypublications.com. There are physical (print) copies and digital copies that will be available as well. Pre-order copies are $20.99 and digital copy $4.99. For this bonus show: Sometimes the hardest thing about being a writer is accepting that title of writer! For this bonus episode, we are going to explore what it means to own the title of writer, what it means to have that title be stripped from you, and also how to give yourself permission to do what you want to do. For all other writing helps, go here.
July 4, 2021
61. Celebrate With Me!
There is more to creating a podcast and just downloading an app and having an idea. This show it's a combination of thought, time, prayer and pushing. Although the list of thank yous is not exhaustive on this show, please know that I tried to be as inclusive as I possibly could be. Always special thanks to the crew that helps to keep this portion of Beyonce's internet up and running Clarissa Dyson and Lee Arthur Lee. Here is to many more seasons, books, and more and more writing!
June 29, 2021
60. Author Interview with JB Vample, The College Life Series
The book you want to read you may have to write! The 9-book series known as THE COLLEGE LIFE series is the brainchild of JB Vample. The idea came to her as a Senior in high school, and was finished just recently! Whew! Talk about a writing journey! This interview was edification, encouragement, and a reminder that the story you want to write--you are more than capable of writing. Even if the story (or life!) changes course. Follow JB Vample on social media and her website! Tiktok: @j.b._vample. Website: https://jbvample.com
June 9, 2021
59. Author Interview: Dr. Nakpangi Thomas, Gailyn Laird, and Nigel Jennings, Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes
Disclaimer: This show is not for anyone under 18. For book purchase, click here. (Available on Amazon and Kindle). Narc'ing. Narcissist. NPD. In their book DON'T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES, these three authors reveal just how insidious NPD, what makes a narcissist exactly that, and how to avoid, breakaway and heal from those engaging in these destructive activity. Collective Bios: Dr. Nakpangi Thomas is a licensed professional counselor, clinical traumatologist, and adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from Walden University. Dr. Thomas has presented on various mental health issues from childhood adversity, human trafficking, tele-counseling, substance abuse, mindfulness, and more. She has held various leadership roles in the field of counseling and is an active member of the American Counseling Associate, Association for Humanistic Counseling, Counselors for Social Justice, and Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society. Dr. Thomas has also advocated for the counseling profession, human rights, women’s rights, fair housing, as well as poverty, and criminal justice reform. In her spare time, she volunteers for local community organizations and serves as a board for several local organizations. Gailyn Laird is a teacher of students with special needs in one of America’s toughest inner cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but now resides in Maryland. Ms. Laird is the mother of two beautiful children: one biological daughter and a bonus son from a previous relationship. Ms. Laird is a deep-feeling empathetic individual, who has encountered a number of narcissistic people and has been in numerous narcissistic relationships. From her experience, she has been able to understand the characteristics of people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and she considers herself a survivor of Narcissistic abuse. Urban Nigel Jennings An up-and-coming underground artist, and is an apprentice of prose. There is much to be left to the imagination regarding him. As enigmatic as he is unaccomplished, there aren't many accolades to list. Currently a writer for hire, he is in the process of curating personal works and working on projects to be announced.
May 27, 2021
58. Author Interview: Summer Amaya and "Who Is My Best Friend?"
Summer Amaya is an 8-year-old author and the youngest we have ever had on this podcast! Yet, she is the age most of us were when we discovered our love of writing. It is with great joy that I introduce this budding author (and her mother, Jasmine) to all of you! I look forward to more books from her and wish her the brightest of futures! Find Summer's book on Summer’s website called www.CreativelySummer.com Summer's book can also be ordered at Walmart.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Books a million.com *Special thanks to Leslie Crawford of WHEN CHILDREN WRITE for helping Summer bring her book to life! Check out Episode 28 that features Leslie and her work with WHEN CHILDREN WRITE.*
May 27, 2021
The I in YOU Series-WEEK 5: INTELLIGENCE
Intelligence is one of the things by which writers need to keep in mind when they are constructing characters, worlds, and the settings and scenarios they find themselves in. Intelligence I believe is one of the things that needs to be discussed most often especially when writing cross-culturally - - when especially you are trying to counteract a narrative or trope. In this particular episode I talk about how both Anette King (The Blurb Diva) and Tanya Ransom (NIGHTLIGHT: THE BLACK HORROR PODCAST) are doing the righteous work of holding space to both be a source of intelligence as a relational representation and as well as a bright light on how it can be done across genre and WIPs. Note: Anette King does cultural sensitivity readings! Find her Episode 39 and on http://www.theblurbdiva.com!
May 8, 2021
57A. Bonus: The Power of Story:. Remembering Jahaira Balenciaga
The most powerful thing about storytelling is the empowerment that it brings to the listener. It is with that focus this bonus show was recorded to the memory of Jahaira Balenciaga (DeAlto)ballroom legend, mother of many, and woman of trans experience who was murdered at age 43. She was light, humor, and a soft place for many. It can only be hope that this particular bonus program be a light in this time of darkness as well. Bear with us as we grapple with such a loss. Thank you. Podcast mentioned: Marsha's Plate hosted by Diamond Stylz, Mis Mixx and Zee. TikTok accounts mentioned:@teampettyheadlines, @wraithwriter, and @whatjayesaid (me). Jahaira's YouTube page is still up and her singing is from her final video 1 year ago titled "A lil reminder..."
May 4, 2021
The I In YOU Series-WEEK 4: IDENTITY
There there is nothing so positive as to seeing yourself as a minority person in fiction. Even Tony Morrison said in an interview with a British reporter that some people cannot and could not accept that where she is right now where she was right then as a black female writer was the mainstream! One of our jobs is writers is to put those who have not been and making them seen: to make their lives visible to a greater audience to a wider audience. For this particular show, I have referenced two books: Fernando by Chanel Hardy. You can find this book on Amazon and Kindle. Shouts to Chanel! My first novel RUBY is still on Amazon and Kindle for purchase as well. Thank you for all your love and support.
May 2, 2021
THE I IN YOU SERIES: 5 I'S OF REPRESENTATION. Week 3--IDENTIFY
This week, I want you to think about genre and just how powerful the story that you tell will be for it. When you identify something, you give it attention and focus. This is even more apparent when you decide what story to tell under what genre! Be brave! Tell the story that you want, dear one--not that people want you to tell. The book HOW TO WRITE A DRAFT IN 5 DAYS, is available on Amazon. Click here to purchase! For writing encouragement follow me on IG (@authorjbharris), Twitter (@authorjbharris) and Hesed Writing & Communication Services.
April 24, 2021
THE I IN YOU SERIES: 5 I'S OF REPRESENTATION. WEEK 2: IMAGE
Image allows you two things. To see the world, and to see yourself in it. For this week's episode, I want you to become comfortable in writing down the world you want others to see. It is important that you have the confidence to do that especially as a minority writer. In having that confidence to create the world that you want, you then grant a window or mirror where there where there may not have been one before. Be confident! Keep writing!
April 18, 2021
THE I IN YOU SERIES: The 5 I's Of Representation-IMAGINE
Writer Spotlight: Dani Skye, poet, writer, spoken word artist. For reference, Dani's original work is found in Episode 36--the SEND FOR A POET segment is the last part of the show. Listen all the way to the end! You won't want to miss this! Follow Dani Skye on Instagram (@iamdaniskye) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/daniskye1980). Remember! Dani's event is going to be August 21-22, 2021! What a way to send the summer than with Black Girl Magic! Representation matters! With the world that desires to diminish, vanquish or erase anything that is too much, it is essential for writers to know how crucial it is to know what that title means. You have the ability to pull into the world what wasn't there before, and what needs to be there! Writers have the ability through their imaginations to see themselves as no one else can--especially when that writer is BIPOC! As this 5 part miniseries suggests, there indeed in an I inside of YOU. This week, we go with imagination. With that, the question you need to ask is, "What do you see?" Honorable Mentions/Shameless Plugs: Chanel Hardy--owner of Hardy Publications, Editor-and-Chief of Coffee Wine & Words. Book Mentioned: FERNANDO (find this on Amazon and Kindle) Tonia Ransom--Executive Producer, NIGHTLIGHT: BLACK HORROR PODCAST (Find on Apple Podcasts, Google Play) Show mentioned: Episode 406: Interview with Errick Nunnally and Nicole Givens Kurtz
April 3, 2021
57. Homework, Catch Up, and The Underbelly of Writing
April Writing Spotlight: Dani Skye and Talva the Author! Follow Dani: @iamdaniskye Follow Talva: @talvaauthor (Instagram) Writing is hard work! And sometimes that work feels insurmountable! But the thing you must know is you have more support than what you think, and you have more strength than you know! Even the best writers get tired! Even the best have a moment they want to quit! And...so will you. It is how you handle those moments which will determine how you will proceed. Find WriteLife on Amazon—WriteLife https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542811414/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_VSXEJ7SJ8ZVTE5Y9F6RP
March 27, 2021
56. Bending (& Breaking) Of Language
Toni Morrison said that language is the measure of our lives. And I am inclined to agree. For the measure, with, breath of language, they're also worth it or not able to be redeemed. And there are some things that are so vile in written form that the only thing you can do to counteract them is to accept that kind of vitriol, and changing it into something that you two can use. The possession of language is often fraught with controversy, and it is a hope of this particular episode that we begin a conversation that perhaps is overdue in having. TikTok Account mentioned: @iamkenzaashley The Writer Spotlight for this episode is Vernon L. Coleman! Find him on www.godspoeticreach.com and www.vernonlcoleman.com!
March 20, 2021
A Peek Behind The Screen: Why Editing Matters With Guest Adrienne M. Horn, of I.AM. Editing, Ink
It is said by the hostess of this space that, "A good editor is worth their weight in gold." For this bonus show, the founder and Executive Editor of I. AM. Editing, Ink, Adrienne M. Horn explains just how essential it is to edit your work with a professional eye, what it truly means to be an editor, and just how important the work (and it is work!) of editing is! The hope is for this is you benefit from Adrienne's wisdom, learn how to protect your intellectual property, as well as recognize what it means when we in the industry say "They have been burnt." Note: If you have a manuscript that you are working on and need a competent editor, I cannot recommend Adrienne enough. Please see her requirements for her clients through her website: https://iamediting.com/. Please see her contact information for all submissions. Adrienne has been on the show before in Season 1! If you want to hear her very first show that is Season 1, Episode 11. (https://anchor.fm/onthewritersblock/episodes/11--LIVE-CALL---Adrienne-Horn--founder-and-CEO-of-I--A-M--Editing--Ink-e51hb4) Support and follow Adrienne! FB: I AM Editing, Ink IG: @ia.m.editingink Adrienne is also selling journals through her site as well (visit the SHOP section)! Please purchase and continue to bend your pages!
March 17, 2021
55A. Making Space For Us: Interview With The Founders of Big Black Chapters-Tiffany Richardson & Raquel de Lemos
*There is some adult content (erotica is mentioned).* Space matters. Platforms matter. BLACK WRITERS MATTER! In the place that is BlG BLACK CHAPTERS, Raquel de Lemos and Tiffany Richardson have provided a place where Black writers are able to be encouraged, gather resources, and be reminded that the space they occupy, they don't occupy alone! On this show, we discuss what it means to be at the intersection of Black and writer, why fighting erasure is essential, and just how important it is to nurture writers who look like you. Social Media: Big Black Chapters- Facebook/Instagram-*WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRITE IN ON FACEBOOK!* Big Black Promos- Facebook Follow Tiffany: @tbthewriter- Twitter, Instagram, TikTok Follow Raquel: @raquelshante-Instagram Raquel Writes Content (raquelwritescontent.com) Works Discussed: The Color Line- Tiffany Richardson A Year In Haiku- Tiffany Richardson Whispers of Africa-Tiffany Richardson
March 6, 2021
55. Author Interview: Jean N. Rivers, Horror Writer
Jean N. Rivers is writing a genre which few Black writers do, let alone Black women! From her imagination has come a cast of characters whom are relatable, magical, troubled and always Black. Jean N. Rivers looks at classic troupes for Black people to write characters with depth and complexity. From that complexity, she breathes new life into the horror genre from an unapologetically Black perspective. Just like friend to the show Tonia Ransom of Nightlight, Jean N. Rivers is carving out a space for Black characters in world that is still scared of the dark. All of Jean N. Rivers books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. Visit her website http://www.jeannicolerivers.com, and find her on Good Reads! She supports indie authors as well! Follow Jean on all social media: @jeannrivers (Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok) Movie mentioned: Promising Young Woman
March 4, 2021
54. Educator, Teacher & Activist: The Power Of Blupoetres
Social media has given us a power to connect in ways we could only have dreamt about. With such riches, especially during Black History Month, it seems fitting that this month should end with the words of one who makes a living of teaching them. In this show, you will hear passions that only educators can fathom and understand. From representation of Black people in media, implementation of new opportunities for minority children and reminding just how important it is for writers to write. As author/teacher/speaker bell hooks says, "No woman has ever written enough." Blupoetres is a teacher, mother, wordsmith, and advocate for the education of minority children--and making windows and doors where there were only walls. This show is a reminder of how powerful educators are, writers must be, and that Black Girl Magic is a superpower. This show includes a Send For A Poet segment. Title: Black Girl's Writer's Block. This is an original work by Blupoetres. Follow Blupoetres on social media: Instagram: @BlupoetresSpeaks TikTok: @Blupoetres YouTube: Blupoetres Speaks Clubhouse: Oxtail & Champagne: When Pens Speak, Tuesdays at 7PM EST.
February 24, 2021
53. 10 Ways To Deal With Criticism
For this show, we are going to be delving into how to deal with criticism. I know, I know! No one wants to hear the dreaded c-word as a relates to their writing, but this culture of toxic positivity demands honesty! There's a way to deal with criticism especially if it's constructive and there's also way to deal with criticism when it's just mean and nasty. For this show we are going to learn the difference and exercise our discretion accordingly.
February 18, 2021
52. Dealing With Impostor Syndrome
Imposter syndrome a real thing for creative people! It will rob you of your vision, of your creative juices, and will lie to you about the very thing you are passionate about. It operates in the belief that other people need to validate you rather than you validating yourself! For this show, our host talks about her most recent bout with imposter syndrome how she sometimes still suffers from it and what reminders her to keep going
February 7, 2021
51. Writers Get To Work
Writers assemble! Have a job you have a job to do as a writer and that job is to record the world around you! Don't let the world you see, stop you from writing the world you want to see and that others need to see let's get to work!
January 17, 2021
50. Remembering Eric Jerome Dickey
Earlier this month, Eric Jerome Dickey New York Times bestselling author passed away at age 59. He leaves behind a wife the Legion of fans and numerous books! This show is dedicated to him and thank him for elevating black fiction is only a black man can. Rest in Words and Power, Eric Jerome Dickey.
January 16, 2021
49. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
This holiday season is unlike any we have ever seen! With that said, we as the staff of The Writers' Block are going to celebrate, because there is still joy to be had in the year of 2020! For that persistence, we create and are glad to!
December 25, 2020
48. THE "TWO IN ONE"
Writing is a process as unique as the writer! With this in mind, there will come a time in your writing journey that you may encounter the desire to write more than one thing at one time. While this is normal, and may happen more than once, you must bare in mind that you must have a plan to do this--otherwise you are courting disastrous calamity!
December 17, 2020
47. Be Gentle With Yourself
Writing is hard! And there will be times where it may feel like homework, or feel futile, or you just plain old don't feel like it! Let this show be your reminder to keep going! Let this be your reminder to check in with yourself, and get the rest you need as a writer. Being a creative person is hard! There is a certain level of energy and upkeep you need to keep that well of creativity fresh! This is your reminder to rest--but also to keep going.
December 4, 2020
Memo To Those Who Think They Own Your Pen: Part 4- "I Can't Support This..."
Nothing is more hurtful than people who look at your talent and because they cannot accept what you have chosen to do with your life skills or talents tell you that they cannot support what it is you have dedicated time and energy to. This show is dedicated to .how you deal with that. Be brave. Write ANYWAY!
December 3, 2020
Memo To Them Who Think They Own Your Pen: Part 3-"I Think This Is Your Niche..."
There is a power in realizing what you know you are good at. There is a power in realizing what you are comfortable doing! Finding your niche as it relates to writing is a personal and totally up to you! This week's installment is a reminder that your pen is powerful thing--your imagination formidable and together you can create all you want! Do not let supporters pigeon-hole you.
November 22, 2020
Memo To Those Whom Think They Own Your Pen: Part 2--"You Should Write More Of..."
This week we will be looking at the two types of supporters, knowing how to keep deceptive people from your circle, as well as how to put them out of it! Your talent is yours; meaning you must protect it and realize what it means to be supported...and manipulated.
November 16, 2020
Memo To Those That Want To Take Your Pen-Part 1: “You Should Write About...”
There are supervisors for writers and those who support writers. Which one are you—or are going to be?
November 9, 2020
46. Owning Your 'And'
In this time we currently occupy, no one person is just one thing! All you are, all you have seen, all you can and will do, is brought to every work. Owning all that you are is fuel to conquering doubt, fear or uncertainty for writers. OWN ALL YOU ARE!
November 9, 2020
45. Interview With Stephanie A. Wynn, Founder of Stephanie A. Wynn Business Solutions
Are you a writer needing some support and direction? Are you a writer that needs support in getting to the next level of your writing career? Marketing strategist Stephanie A. Wynn gives practical advice and wisdom for writers desire to take their career to a level that will be profitable. Your success as a writer is chiefly determined by the belief in yourself, and your willing to show up for yourself--even when it's hard. Find Stephanie on her website: http://stephanieawynn.com and sign up for her email list (Register for her Book Camp in December 2020)! Find Stephanie on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linked In as Stephanie A. Wynn Readi-Set Go! A Simple Guide To Establishing A Successful Small Business is available on Amazon, Ebay, Kindle, and Barnes & Noble. Find JUMP START YOUR BUSINESS Saturday mornings at 10AM EST on Power Plug Radio (find them on Facebook)!
November 1, 2020
44A. What Shonda Said
Shonda Lynn Rhimes is my hero. Bold, talented and taking over the world one word at a time! So, WHY would ABC flex on her thinking that she wouldn't body them? Stop testing Black women.
October 31, 2020
43. Author Interview-Fenyx Blue, Founder Of The Blue Ink Movement
I am happy to introduce to you all the teacher-author-speaker and mountain shaker, Fenyx Blue. From her desire to write, with a push of a good teacher, she started the Blue Ink Movement! For this show, we talk about the price of talent, the boldness of words, and how necessary representation is concerning minority children. They need their pens too! Follow Fenyx on social media especially Instagram--@fenyxblueink What she's reading: SLAY by Brittney Morris; PUNCHING THE AIR by Ibi Zoboi If you want to know more about Fenyx and the magic that is the Blue Ink Movement, follow her here: https://fenyxblueink.wixsite.com/website
October 17, 2020
44. Things Writers Say
It’s that time of year again! And with the project I have for November this is a good way to introduce it! Take these 15 sayings and be empowered. I already believe in you. #Happy Writing Mentions: Nightlight The Black Horror Podcast. The Dinner Party Podcast (hosted by Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn): The Harvest Moon Saga by Chanel Hardy Follow me! TikTok: shesgottapen and IG: @authorjbharris
October 16, 2020
Being a woman in a nation that prizes phalluses and the power and piety they bring is one thing. Being a Black woman in a nation determined not to see you, or desires to mimic you, or silence you is another! In this episode, we will discuss just how relevant the phrase Senator Kamala Harris said, with a smile on her face, still is. #ImSpeaking #ShesSpeaking. Mentions: Hannah Drake, Founder of Write Some Shit (http://www.writesomeshit.com) Owning Our Space: Black. Woman. Walking Through The World. IG Live from 9/18/20 and 9/25/2020. Follow @keturahkendrick and me (@authorjbharris) to get access to both shows!
October 11, 2020
In This Place Miniseries: Dismantling The Master Narrative
Erasure, bigotry, prejudice and racism are all found in literature and in some of hearts and minds of those that are gatekeepers of this narrative! For this last show we will explore how to dismantle and recreate such narratives to include others equally as deserving! Lit notes/referenced: "I, Too, Am America" by Langston Hughes. "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman. THE STREET by Ann Petry (JBHarris Approved!) Follow Kenturah Kendrick on IG (@kenturahkendrick) and me (@authorjbharris)! IG LIVE: OWNING OUR SPACE: BLACK. WOMAN. WALKING THROUGH THE WORLD (9/18/20& 9/25/20).
October 4, 2020
In This Place Miniseries: Making Our Own Table To Set
September 26, 2020
41. Meet Michae and Quintell Allen, Founders of Ghostreaders
Books are important. Ebooks are convenient. Audiobooks are a tool to an indie author! Voice work, like writing, is work, requiring a specific set of skills. On this show, we are speaking to Michae and Quintell Allen-founders and performers of Ghostreaders. This interview explores just why representation matters in the life of writers, and in the arts. There is a wealth of information here, and I during BACK TO WRITING MONTH it is all needed and necessary! This will be one of those shows you will have to listen to more than once! Trust me! If you would like to reach out to Ghostreaders, email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://ghostreaders.com. THEY ADD SOUL TO YOUR WORDS! Follow them on Facebook and Instagram! Mentions in the show: Horror Noire by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman (documentary is on SHUDDER) Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff The Vampire Diaries (currently on Netflix--all 8 seasons); book series written by LJ Smith Legends of Comix and Games--Jason Campbell, Owner (find him on Facebook!) Ruby by Jennifer Harris (available on Amazon/Kindle). Honorable mentions always to Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast, Tonia Ransom-Executive Producer
September 24, 2020
In This Place Miniseries: Begging For Scraps
Thank you to real writing allies. Thank you to those making spaces and bringing in authors that need to be read! Thank you to the authors who help nurture others in this craft! This week I speak about what what it means to beg to be seen in a world that only wants to erase, ignore, devour or copy.
September 20, 2020
In This Place Miniseries: Your Approval Is Not Needed
Writing as a Black/minority writer is almost like a secret identity. From inception of an ideas to its publishing, it is fraught with uncertainty. But, sometimes that uncertainty is insidious, wanting to take control of all that you desire to write—with the goal of supplanting, comfort for White readers, and erasure of the Black experience. Let me say it again: Fire the invisible White Man on your shoulder.
September 12, 2020
40. Pro-tips For Back To Writing Month
It’s BACK TO WRITING MONTH and NANOWRIMO is not far behind! Get ready, dear ones! For this show, let me remind you of what support is, what it isn’t, and how to get it. Books mentioned: On Writing (S. King), WriteLife (J. Harris) both available on Amazon. Find my writer’s encouragement group on http://comegetyourwritelife.com
September 10, 2020
Bonus Episode: Why Leiticia—Our Shuri—Matters
There are petitions circling about how no one should be recast to play T’Challa—and I completely agree! If we follow the source material, we know that the next Black Panther is Princess Shuri. For this bonus episode, we are going to look at why Leticia matters. And how powerful she really is.
September 6, 2020
Bonus Episode: Remembering Chadwick Aaron Boseman
We are all still grieving the loss of this talent taken from us all too soon. In this bonus episode, we celebrate his life, what could have been and how is legacy is richer than we could imagine.
September 5, 2020
39. Freelance Editor and Writer, Anette King, The Blurb Diva
I have known Anette for the better part of four years. She is a confidant, a push and a wonder to behold. It was through her friendship and push that I came out of my shell to begin to try and make writing thing I desired to make money doing. With this interview, I hope that you all begin to love her as much as I do. Also, to be empowered to write--as never before. Anette is a jewel in my writing world, and a pop upside the head when I even believe I cannot go on. Black Writers Matter...and so do the people that support them. Thank you for everything, Anette. Please visit Anette site for all other help and resources--http://theblurbdiva.com.
August 27, 2020
38. Interview With Tonia Ransom, Executive Producer of Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast
"I know that I am a rare bird." -Octavia E. Butler I have been a fan of Tonia Ransom for almost 3 years, and have referenced her on this show previously. She is a friend, collaborator and felt Season 3 would not be complete without talking to Tonia about writing, her love of horror writing, and need for finding the flock of more rare birds. Find more about Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast here! website: http://nightlightpod.com (check the submission requirements!) Find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify! IG: @nightlightpod Twitter: @nightlightpod Facebook: Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast SUPPORT NIGHTLIGHT PODCAST! Movie mentioned: Stigmata (1999), Starring Patricia Arquette and Nia Long. Follow the dynamic Tananarive Due on Twitter: @tananarivedue
August 13, 2020
BONUS: Give To 'POSE'
I am a fan of the show POSE! I am waiting for Season 3! So with the second snubbing of the cast of my show, I had to say something. Representation includes recognition as well. Remember that. You can find Janet Mock's book SURPASSING CERTAINITY: WHAT MY TWENTIES TAUGHT ME on Amazon. You can find my sister Jahaira on YouTube (JahairasMission) and Diamond Stylz on YouTube (DiamondStylz) and the podcast Marsha's Plate (find on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and SoundCloud). #BlackTransWomenMatter
July 31, 2020
37. Think About The Legacy: Writing, Value & Treasures
Understand everything you write about has value! Whatever you write about, begin to value. It is important to salvage and keep your work. You never know who is looking at you...or waiting for you. *****This is the official End of Season 2! See you in August****
July 17, 2020
36. Legacy, Ink, And Pages
There is nothing easy about writing. With that said, you have to understand the RIGHT to even WRITE has been paid for. It is the duty of a writer to write. James Baldwin admonishes us to 'do your work.' So, do you work. It must be done, and must be done by you. I believe in you. Keep going. This week's SEND FOR A POET segment is by St. Louis, MO spoken word artist, Dani Skye. Follow us in IG (@thewritersblockpodcastofficial) for Dani Skye's flyer for her August show on Zoom. Follow her on social media: Instagram@iamdaniskye smokin_da_mic_series Facebook Page: daniskye1980 Smokin Da Mic Series
July 9, 2020
35. 6,895 Pages...
Preserve the work at all costs. You must understand the legacy of James Author Baldwin. War & Peace is over 1200 pages. The King James Bible is over 1400 pages. Think about this! The dedication to time and talent are always required when legacy is at stake. Be brave, be bold and keep writing.
July 8, 2020
34. Author Interview-Jennifer N. Baker: Author, Editor, Advocate. Founder/Executive Producer Minorities In Publishing Podcast.
The native New Yorker Jennifer N. Baker brings to the podcast a wealth of experiences as writer and editor totaling 20 years! For this episode, we will do a deep dive into what it means to be writer in a changing world, the power of words, who owns language and the power of visibility. Follow Jennifer on the socials: Podcast: Minorities In Publishing (find wherever you get your podcasts--Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify) Twitter: @jbakernyc Website: http://jennifernbaker.com What Jennifer is reading: The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayetu Moore Podcast Mentions: Literary Agents of Color (founded by Penny Moore): https://www.litagentsofcolor.com The Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast-- Tonia Ransom, Executive Producer/Founder
June 30, 2020
32A. The B.Simone Learning Curve
B.Simone is in fish grease hot water! As a writer, I am appalled. As a Black woman, I am irritated. At the intersection, I teach.
June 17, 2020
32. Send For A Poet
James Baldwin said that a nation need to be nervous if it fails to produce poets. Toni Morrison said that in times of chaos and upheaval is when writers do their best work! This episode is to remind you there is still work to be done! And you have a stake in that. The Writers’ Block Podcast welcomes Alyssa Davis and the reading of her poem, “My Skin Is Not A Weapon”. We look forward to hearing more from her. Author note: I was trying not to cry even thinking about what happened to George Lloyd on a public street—in daylight. #BlackWritersMatter #SayHisName #GeorgeLloyd #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery
June 11, 2020
Miniseries- Topic 5: HIP HOP IS EVERYWHERE
As we wrap up this miniseries, let the conversation continue! Hip-Hop is more than a genre, it transcends and makes culture! It is not a fad, is not noise, and is definitely not going away.
June 4, 2020
31. GIVE ME MY PEN!
Intellectual property. Quoted work. Missing work! Merit vs Exposure vs Experience. Being a writer, a working writer at that, is FRAUGHT with pitfalls, missteps and false starts! This week, we are going to talk about all of it--and how to maneuver in a world that will ignore, discredit or use you as a fad. Fear not! Help is on the way!
June 4, 2020
FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Misogyny, Ho Culture and Ownership Of The Female Form (Part 2)
You thought our host wasn’t gonna just GIVE it to you?! You thought wrong! This week is part 2 of the conversation which began last week. Get your paper and pen, class is in session. Works referenced: When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost (Joan Morgan), Hood Feminism (Mikki Kendall) and Hip-Hop Is Dead (Nas).
May 23, 2020
30. CELEBRATE A YEAR WITH US!
We are officially a year old! This journey could not have been possible without God first and foremost. I am excited for what is next for the podcast! Special thanks to Syntell Smith (Book: Call Numbers), Big Black Chapters (shouts to Tiffany and Raquel!), Adrienne Horn (Platform: I. Am. Editing, INK), Tiara Chantal (Book: Letters To Exes), Chanel Hardy (Book: Fernando, and she is all over Amazon), Kay Brown (Book: Truth Love; Platform: Truth Love Podcast), and Leslie Crawford, founder of WHEN CHILDREN WRITE! SPECIAL THANKS to my Audio Producer LeArthur Lee, owner of Valor Music, LLC based out of San Antonio, Texas!If I have forgotten anyone, charge it to my head and not my heart! I love all of you all! And grateful for all of You! HERE’S TO YEAR TWO!
May 17, 2020
Miniseries: For The Love Of Hip-Hop-Topic 3: Misogyny, Ho Culture & Owning The Female Form (Pt. 1)
Hip-Hop is a masculine Arena! And it always has been! It thrives on topic toxic masculinity, the brandishing of what is owned and sexual prowess. But, what about the women who have dominated in this arena who take that same language meant to discard or discount them-– and make it their own? Books referenced: When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost by Joan Morgan, Eloquent Rage by Dr. Brittany Cooper, Hood Feminism: Notes From Women A Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.
May 16, 2020
Miniseries: FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP-TOPIC 2: Oral Traditions Of Storytelling
Storytelling is a powerful tool! It controls a narrative, a people and can influence thoughts and behaviors. It is with the power of storytelling we can provide space, value and respect for other people’s experiences. Hip-Hop is no different.
May 8, 2020
29 A. The Ancestors Be Watching: Remembering Ida B.
This week’s bonus episode has our house reflecting on the life and legacy of Ida Bell Wells Barnett, after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize...almost 90 years after her passing.
May 8, 2020
29. The Work-Arounds
Where are all the Black literary agents?
May 6, 2020
Miniseries-FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP: Topic 1: Story-Telling
All writing has one goal in mind—story-telling! How will you keep attention, maintaining both pace and interest! This is the heartbeat of all artists—they want to grab your eyes and ears so they can get your heart as well.
May 1, 2020
28. Author Interview: Leslie Crawford, When Children Write
When Children Write is a dynamic program whose goal is to increase children’s literacy based out of Baltimore, MD. The program is revolutionary, needed and is the brainchild of Leslie Crawford. The added bonus of this program? The children whom participate will become published authors! You all know we had to get behind this! For more information on When Children Write, please visit their website at http://www.whenchildrenwrite.com. Or email When Children Write at email@example.com.
April 16, 2020
27. Sh!t Writers Say
The Quarantine is in full swing, and there’s just some things on our host’s mind! Get a snack, it’s going to be good.
April 7, 2020
26. Real Talk About Encouragement
Discouragement is detriment. It is insidious and stifling. It is also cyclic—watch your circles as well! Find my book Writelife on Amazon (WriteLife https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078YM8JTB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TgaEEbAGZYX47) and make sure to follow my girl Tonia Ransom (formerly Tonia Thompson) on her podcast Nightlight! Find your tribe, get your support and keep going!
March 23, 2020
25. The Best Work In Dark Places
COVID-19 is an incubation period, not a curse! Work the time! You have work in you to do!
March 23, 2020
The miniseries has come to an end put this is by no means the end of this conversation! Let us delve deeper into this concept of who owns language, who doesn’t and why writers do the work of changing that!
March 20, 2020
The miniseries is going strong! We have to understand that language is rich and is steeped in both history and erasure. Be bold. Language needs you too! You are a writer—bend it to your will!
March 19, 2020
24. The Comeback
All riders go through slumps! But with The Comeback you have all tools at your disposal to not make a drought a desert!
March 3, 2020
AAVE Miniseries: Part I- HISTORY
Toni Morrison said that language is the measure of our lives. With that, I wanted to explore this sect of language known as African American Vernacular English. Yes, the AAVE in this 3-part series we will explore just how powerful (and needed) this dialect is.
March 3, 2020
23. The Fear Of Flying
This weeks episode was going to center around the hesitation, fear, real fear that some riders have about beginning any work or even in brace the title of writer. Here we are going to talk about the very real possibility of no one reading your work of no one liking your niche or do you have an a breakthrough glass ceilings! But as always there is hope.
February 13, 2020
22. The 5-Mile Sprint (Concept taken from The Year Of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes).
Writing is a journey, and good writing a marathon. It is with utter glee that I can share this concept with you all—even if it is not my own. The 5-Mile Sprint is what allows you to tap in to your creative force and place with minimal hesitation! Have you started your sprint today?
February 6, 2020
21. Author Interview: Tiara Esters Trussel, Author Love Letters To The Exes
Local St. Louis author, Tiara Trussel, talks about her first book, Love Letters To My Exes. The premise of the book to allows space to tell the real reason behind what it means when some of us say, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Shameless plugs: Eye See Me Bookstore, Ruby (a novel), written by Jennifer Harris, and Kamdon 689 (on Facebook). Follow the progress of the book, http://www.facebook.com/loveletterstotheexee
January 23, 2020
20 A. Tweeting, Art & Writing
Response to Stephen King’s tweet this week (1/11/20-1/18/20) about visibility and viability of art...without the ‘need’ of diversity.
January 18, 2020
20. Author Interview: Kay Brown, Author of the book TRUTH LOVE
The fantastic “unsinkable” Kay Brown has graced this podcast with her N’Awlins Black Girl Magic! Her first book, TRUTH LOVE, is a page turner and is the start of something amazing! Pick it up on Amazon, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited. (Other podcast mentioned: NIGHTLIGHT: Black Horror Podcast, found on Apple Podcast, GooglePlay)
January 9, 2020
19. The Power Of Visibility
The year is wrapping up! Can you believe we will be in 2020 in a matter of days? Let this episode remind you that the work of writing is more than just words. People also have to “see what you’re saying.”
December 31, 2019
18A. MERRY CHRISTMAS
From our pen and page, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Tuesday!
December 24, 2019
It’s Season 2! We are kicking off this new season with a reminder of the power of owning your writing journey! Not everyone can do what you do!
December 12, 2019
December 1, 2019
December 1, 2019
Season 2 Teaser
Season 2 is coming! We got big things coming! We got all kinda stuff going! We are so excited to bring you this hot new season on December 12! A teaser for our Author Spotlight is Jessie Sandoval and her Heavy Girl Poetry. Find her on Facebook! See you y’all soon!
November 23, 2019
17. Writing Stamina
Writing is not for the faint! On this, our last show until December, we will leave you with encouragement and the reminders to keep you writing! You can do it—-even when you think you can’t. For more writing help follow JBHarris Writing Services-http://comegetyourwritelife.com.
November 7, 2019
16A. Happy NANOWRIMO!
It’s National Novel Writing Month! What are you working on? What are your goals? You think you can do it? It’ll be hard, but you can do it!
November 1, 2019
16. The Keys To The Kingdom-Barriers To Writing
This week we talk about Impostor Syndrome for writers and creatives, writing hang-ups, and how to break through them! More info is at http://comegetyourwritelife.com!
October 24, 2019
15. The Story Of The Three Fears
It’s almost Halloween! So, in spirit of the season, we are going to talk about fears. Namely the fears most writers will encounter in their careers! However! Fear not. In this episode we will talk about how to identify these fears and subdue them. For more writing help, find our host on her writing platform: http://comegetyourwritelife.com
October 10, 2019
14A. Interview with Chanel Hardy, Founder of CHardy Publications.
In this bonus episode of The Writer's Block, we're interviewing Chanel Hardy, the founder of CHardy Publications! We are elated to have Chanel on the show! She is a wealth of information! We will be discussing her new book, Fernando, Black writer visibility and how sexy stories are not reserved for just the non-melaninated! You've been warned! This one is a little raunchy! Follow Chanel on social media-- Twitter: @chardypub_ Facebook: Chanel Hardy IG: @chardypub_ Chanel is hosting a writing contest as well! See the website for the writing contest is www.konnectflashfic.com all the submission/winner info is on the front page.
October 4, 2019
14. Confronting The F.E.A.R. And Doubt
It’s October and it is a time to celebrate all things scary! But there is nothing scarier than a writer who DOESN’T write! This episode, let’s talk about fear and how it doesn’t belong in the life of creative people! If you need more writing help, consult JBHarris Writing Services (http://comegetyourwritelife.com) as well as JBHarris on Instagram (@authorjbharris)
October 3, 2019
13. Writing Tool: The Story Machine
The concept of the Story Machine is a tool learned while during my undergrad. This tool is something that can be used to stimulate your imagination, help you cross genres if need be, and be perpetual! Don't cheat yourself out of the dynamic stories you house. Let the Story Machine be your secret weapon. Keep writing!
September 26, 2019
12A. Get In Where You Fit In: Black Love Stories Matter
Not all writers are the same, and the race of an author should not determine what genre they write! In this bonus episode, our host discusses her recent trip to a bookstore and she wound up feeling invisible and irritated. For more writing help, find JBHarris Writing Services at http://comegetyourwritelife.com. As always, #HappyWriting
September 14, 2019
12. The Power Of A Draft-Drawer
We are 12 days into Back To Writing Month! Today, I’m going to give you a secret which may save your sanity, and maximize your time! Ever heard of a draft-drawer? Well, now you have! #HappyWriting
September 12, 2019
11B. The Demon Of Self-Doubt
In this episode of The Writer's Block, we're going to dig deeper into the writing process. We are going to discuss what we call the demon of self doubt. As writers, we endure those moments where we ask ourselves, "Am I good enough?", or, "Can I do this?". You are. Keep going! #HappyWriting
September 11, 2019
11A. Success During Back To Writing Month
It’s September! That means it’s BACK TO WRITING MONTH! For this episode is full of tools and helps to be successful this month! From vocabulary building, to research to working books, you will have the power to be successful this next 20 some days! #HappyWriting #Writing #Tools #Resources #September #BackToWriting #BackToWritingMonth
September 5, 2019
11. LIVE CALL - Adrienne Horn, founder and CEO of I. A.M. Editing, Ink.
We are beyond excited to have Adrienne Horn of I.A.M Editing to join us for another great LIVE CALL series on The Writer's Block. Find Adrienne on Facebook and Instagram (I. A.M. Editing, Ink), and her site: https://www.iamediting.com!
August 29, 2019
10A. Sharing, Credit & Plagiarism
Knowing the difference between sharing , credit and plagiarism are essential to the life of any writer. The cardinal sin of writing is this: THOU SHALL NOT STEAL. Find more about JBHarris Writing Services here: http://comegetyourwritelife.com!
August 24, 2019
10. Live Call - Syntell Smith, author of CALL NUMBERS
LIVE CALL ALERT! On this episode of The Writer's Block, we bring to you our special guest, author of Call Numbers, available now on Amazon, Mr. Syntell Smith! And since it was a special occasion, we held a live call!
August 15, 2019
9. Writing IS Activism
"As writers, we are to record what we see" - James Baldwin On this episode of The Writer's Block, we will tackle the subject of writing being a form of activism. Expression comes in various forms, from music to dancing,and especially writing/literature. In this day and time, I encourage all writers to never stifle your voice!
August 5, 2019
8. Reboot. Revamp. Reimagine.
BONUS PODCAST ALERT! On this bonus episode of The Writer's Block, we want to put the theme of revamping on your minds. There may be stories you've started, and haven't picked them up in a while; that's okay. You can pick them back up, add new characters, give old characters new life. They're your stories.
July 26, 2019
7. The Need For BookTubers
On this episode of The Writer's Block, we're going to tackle the topic of "BookTubers", which is one of many tools a writer can have on their side. A BookTuber is simply, a person who does YouTube videos, promoting books from various authors.
July 18, 2019
6. The 7 Writing Tools
Happy Independence Day!! On today's episode of The Writer's Block, we're going to divulge into the topic of "7 Writing Tools". As writers, we have a toolbox that we can utilize to not only jump start our writing, but these tools can refresh as well as sharpen our skills
July 4, 2019
5. The Birthday Episode: Honor Your Storytelling
Happy Birthday to all writers born on today!!! In this episode of The Writer's Block, I want to encourage all of my writers to honor your story telling, your ability to weave a story together. Never doubt that intricate part of your gift to write. As writers, we must always exercise our storytelling with the world.
June 24, 2019
4. By Any Means Necessary
This week's episode recaps on "Writing Time". Not only should you make time and space to write, but you must utilize that time and space to write, no matter what. A BIG shout out to Big Black Chapters on Facebook, for allowing me to use their platform to encourage fellow writers!
June 6, 2019
3A. For The ‘Rare Birds’-An Overview of ‘Horror Noire’
We're coming a day early with a special podcast! In this episode, we're going to tackle something that's not often discussed during Black History - Black Horror. #AreYouListening?
June 5, 2019
3. Writing Time
In this week's episode, we're going to tackle the topic of "Writing Time". One must ask themselves this question: "Is there a space and time set for me to write?". With Writing Time, there's a space that we must create in order to be more efficient with our craft.
May 24, 2019
2. Honor The Talent
Picking up from the Inaugural episode, we're giving insight on how to facilitate your talent in writing. The question we pose for you is this: What are *you* doing to maximize and facilitate the talent? Listen in to find out!!
May 15, 2019
The Inaugural Episode: Welcome To The Block!
Our first initial launch! After a year of planning, we are finally here!
May 13, 2019