• Onita Morgan-Edwards

Two Local Writers Host Writing Workshop, “Writing Where You Are”



Writing Where You Are" is a four week virtual writing workshop designed to meet you right where you are. Whether you are a beginner or a bestselling author, the goal of the workshop is to bring authors together and share ideas and connect with each other.


The workshops will start in July and run for four weeks. The sessions will highlight freewriting, descriptive writing, character, and cadence. The workshops are $25 dollars per session or $80 dollars for all four. The workshops are hosted by Onita Morgan Edwards and Whitney Bell. You can register for the sessions at:

https://www.writesofpassagegroup.org/events/


Onita and Whitney are accomplished writers who also contribute to the Dayton Weekly news. Onita and Whitney met in the Writing Center at Antioch University in 2016. After Whitney finished her master’s degree and Onita completed her bachelor’s, they kept in touch because of their shared love of Zora Neale Hurston. They swapped their writing work and provided each other feedback. It seemed that when one of them was on the verge of giving up on writing, the other one would call or text to catch up. This went on until they made a commitment to the writing partnership in early 2021. With the pandemic still in full swing, they started meeting weekly on Zoom.


Their shared writing journey also includes participating in The Facing Project and the subsequent book: Facing Gun Violence: It’s Always Close to Home for Someone. The project focused on the Dayton Mass Shooting (August 2019) and other gun violence incidents in the Dayton area.


Onita Morgan-Edwards completed her undergraduate studies at Antioch University Midwest and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University. Her work has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Glide Literary Magazine, and the Antioch Voice.

Onita is the editor of Thirteen2Nineteen: A Literary Magazine for Black Girls & Teens (circa 2020). She is wrapping up her first novel, does freelance work for Dayton Weekly News, and enjoys digging up family memories for her memoir.

Whitney Bell has a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University Midwest. Her poetry has appeared in In Between Hangovers and Mock Turtle Zine, and her creative nonfiction at Manifestation.net.

Whitney’s debut poetry collection, High Street to the Indigo Dream, was labeled “a musically-inflected journey” by the Dayton City Paper, and her nonfiction piece “Somebody’s Child,” written with story-teller Jason Phillips, was featured on NPR’s Podcast. She is assistant editor for Thirteen2Nineteen: A Literary Magazine for Black Girls & Teens, associate editor of Mock Turtle Zine, and past editor for the Antioch Voice and Poetry and Art for Social Justice.

When she is not planning her next poetry collection, she does freelance work for the Dayton Weekly News and is finishing up her first novel.

Their writing partnership is about trust and accountability. They push each other to write beyond boundaries and to encourage each other to never give up.


Don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your writing skills by attending this exciting writing workshop hosted by two very talented writers. To register for the class go to https://www.writesofpassagegroup.org/events/



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