Tune in to Reed, Write and Create to hear bite-sized pep-talks for BIPOC writers. Award-winning author, educator, and writing coach, Lori L. Tharps, knows how hard it is to stay motivated and inspired to write - whether you’re working on that debut novel, a gut-wrenching memoir, or an essay about your trip around the world.
On the show, Lori will be helping you tap into your divine right to write. She will be in your ear with mindset tips, creativity & writing prompts, and true stories about our BIPOC literary foremothers and forefathers that will leave you motivated and eager to write. You’ll also hear interviews with best-selling, BIPOC authors who share their secrets to living productive, literary lives.
If the idea of having a personal, creative writing coach sounds like just what you need to activate your writing life, then this is the podcast for you.
Art, Activism, and Audre Lorde: How to Use Your Words to Change the World
On episode 24 of the podcast, you’re getting a pep talk about art and activism, using the life and times of the incredible Audre Lorde as our role model. We’re talking about the intersection of identity, writing, and making the world a better place.
Audre Lorde was a Black feminist writer and activist who authored several books of poetry, essays, and memoir. Some of her most popular titles include, Sister Outsider, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and The Cancer Journals.
This episode will leave all my BIPOC writers motivated and inspired to change the world with their words. So, let’s go!
To Learn More about the Incredible Audre Lorde
Visit: The AudreLordeProject.com
Read: Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis de Veaux
Read: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Read: Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
Read: The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
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Writing Romance, Race, and Ricki Wilde with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Tia Williams
We’re back with season 3 of the Reed, Write, and Create Podcast!
On episode 23 of the podcast, my guest is New York Times best-selling author, Tia Williams.
Tia is an author of both YA titles and adult fiction. She wrote the bestselling debut novel The Accidental Diva and then penned two young adult novels, It Chicks and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find is currently a Netflix movie starring Gabrielle Union. Her next novel, Seven Days in June was a New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and her new novel, A Love Song for Ricki Wilde, will be published by Grand Central on February 6, 2024.
During the episode, Tia gets real about the challenges of writing while Black in the mainstream publishing industry. She speaks openly and honestly about the obstacles she faced getting her second adult novel published, even after the success of her former titles. She tells us what race had to do it, and most importantly, how and why she never gave up on her writing dreams.
In the episode we also cover:
The fun and not so fun parts about writing romance.
How to write a good sex scene.
Why BIPOC writers shouldn’t feel obliged to center trauma in their stories.
It’s a great episode to kick off Season 3, Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
To learn more about Tia Williams, visit her website, TiaWilliams.net
Find Tia on the socials.
To purchase a copy of Tia's delightful new novel, A Love Song for Ricki Wilde, visit the Reed, Write, & Create Online Bookshop and support independent bookstores.
BIPOC woman writers: We have a supportive and active writing community where we provide you with the resources, accountability, and opportunities you need to get published and get paid. Visit ReedWriteandCreate.com and click on the The Sanctuary to learn more. Emerging and Seasoned writers are welcome.
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A Short But Important Announcement about the Podcast!
Lori is taking a break from her winter break to share an update about the future of the podcast.
The podcast is getting a new name! Find out what it is and what caused the change on this short but important episode.
New Links for all things Reed, Write, & Create.
The Reed, Write, & Create website.
Reed, Write, & Create on Facebook.
Reed, Write, & Create on Twitter @ReedWriteCre8
Reed, Write, & Create on IG @readwritecre8
To learn more about the fascinating history of the Papyrus plant and the origin story of the book, check out the amazing book called, Papyrus: The Invention of the Book in the Ancient World. by Irene Vallejo.
How to Make a Living Writing YA Fiction: A Conversation with Ibi Zoboi
On episode 22 of the podcast, award-winning author, Ibi Zoboi is my guest. Ibi is the New York Times Bestselling author of the YA novel, American Street, which among other distinctions, was a National Book Award finalist. Ibi is the editor of the anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. She co-authored the Walter Award and L.A. Times Book Prize-winning novel-in-verse, Punching the Air, written with Exonerated Five member, Yusef Salaam. Her debut picture book, The People Remember, received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. And her most recent books include Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler, Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel for Marvel, and her new novel, Nigeria Jones.
During our conversation, Ibi shares her unique journey to publishing success, as well as the sacrifices and compromises she had to make in order to get her foot in the door of the mainstream publishing industry. She also shares her experiences writing for a book packaging company early on in her career.
If you’re a fiction writer looking to break into the mainstream publishing industry, this is an important and informative episode to listen to and take notes.
Writing Resources Mentioned in this Episode
Ibi mentioned a lot of great resources within this episode. Here are a few you might want to check out.
Ibi Zoboi’s website
VONA Writing Workshop
Clarion Workshop for Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers
Forbidden Planet Comic Bookstore in New York City
Nikki Giovanni’s iconic poem Ego Trippin
If you want to learn more about Octavia Butler and her work, listen to our episode of the podcast on Octavia Estelle Butler. It’s really great.
BIPOC Writers, We Got You!
If you are a BIPOC woman writer looking for a supportive and active writing community, where we support and celebrate BIPOC women writers who want to get published and get paid, visit ReadWriteandCreate.com and click on the The Sanctuary tab.
You can also sign up for the Read, Write and Create newsletter, which is the first place where you’ll find out about my latest classes and creative offerings. Sign up on the Read, Write and Create website.
The RWC Gift Guide for BIPOC writers and readers was created for you! There are some really unique gifts listed on the guide that your writer and reader friends will love, plus the guide is not too long so you can quickly find the perfect gift and then get back to writing.
Be sure to visit The Read, Write and Create online bookshop, where you’ll find a whole shelf of books that make great gifts. You will also find the books of all of the guests who have appeared on the podcast highlighted there as well. Remember a purchase from our bookshop goes to support this podcast and independent booksellers everywhere.
We’ll be back in February. Until then, keep writing and keep creating. Happy Holidays!
It’s All About The Sanctuary: A Membership Community for BIPOC Women Writers
On episode 21 of the podcast, I’m taking you on a tour of The Sanctuary, the new private membership community we’re launching at Read, Write, and Create headquarters. The Sanctuary is a private community for BIPOC women writers who want to get their work out into the world and who want to get paid for doing it.
I’m going to share the origin story of The Sanctuary, but I’m also going to share why writing communities are gaining in popularity, even though they are far from a new idea. So, even if you’re not a BIPOC woman writer or The Sanctuary isn’t for you, I urge you to stick around and listen anyway to find out how writing communities can help you optimize your writing life.
And of course we’ll dip back into history for a minute to learn how our literary ancestors used official writing communities to help get their work into the world.
On the show, you’ll learn:
Why I Created the Sanctuary
Who Belongs in The Sanctuary
What Goes on Behind the Doors of the Sanctuary and Why it is a Private Community
How Communities Like the Harlem Writers Guild and the South Side Writers Group Inspired the Creation of The Sanctuary
Why The Sanctuary is for BIPOC Women only
The episode is short and sweet, but I hope it answers all of your questions about The Sanctuary. If you’d like to learn more about our community, including how to apply, visit the new Sanctuary page on the Read, Write, and Create website.
For more resources, recommendations and inspiration to help you optimize your writing life, visit ReadWriteandCreate.com. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the RWC newsletter.
The holidays are coming! Whether you celebrate Hannakah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or all three, you’ll be sure to find a great gift for the literature lovers in your life on the first ever RWC Holiday Gift Guide. Curated specifically for BIPOC readers and writers, there is something for everyone – even you - in our guide. And trust, it’s not an overwhelming list, so you can quickly find just the right gift and then get back to writing!
If you prefer to just gift everyone on your shopping list with books, be sure to visit The Read, Write and Create online bookshop, where you’ll find a whole shelf of books that make great gifts. Remember a purchase from our bookshop goes to support this podcast and independent booksellers everywhere.
If you enjoyed this episode or any of our other episodes, please be sure to leave a rating or a review on your favorite podcast platform.
Greenlight Your Own Projects: Self-Publishing Without Apology with Dr. Tamara Pizzoli
On episode #20 of the Read, Write, and Create podcast, my guest is Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, who shares her unconventional success story as an independent children’s book author and publisher.
Dr. Pizzoli is an African-American author, curator, producer and publisher. Originally from Texas, she is the mother of four children and has resided in Rome, Italy for over fifteen years. In 2013, she opened a boutique English-language school for kids in Rome called The English Schoolhouse, which she later converted into an independent publishing house.
In just under a decade, Dr. Pizzoli has published over sixty books, with many more currently in development. Her most popular books include The Ghanaian Goldilocks, Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO, and K is for Kahlo. After gaining international attention in print and media for her diverse children’s books, Dr. Pizzoli was approached by Farrar Straus and Giroux in early 2017 and offered a book deal for Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO which was then released in 2019. Film rights for Tallulah the Tooth Fairy were later acquired by the actress, Gabrielle Union.
During our conversation she shares:
Her unconventional path to literary success.
Why she chose to self publish her own books.
Why she likes to find and contract her own illustrators.
How she handles publishing deals with major publishers, on her own terms. Not to mention the movies and licensing agreements she’s also negotiating.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you want to learn more about Dr. Tamara Pizzoli or to purchase her books, visit TheEnglishSchoolhouse.com
If you want to follow Dr. Pizzoli on Instagram, follow her @tamarapizzoli and to learn more about her books @theenglishschoolhouse.
Check out the original Kickstarter campaign that launched The Ghanaian Goldilocks.
Dr. Pizzoli referenced KDP as the platform she uses for self-publishing, that is Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
If you are enjoying the Read, Write, and Create podcast, don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on Apple podcasts, or your favorite podcast platform.
For more resources, recommendations and inspiration to help you optimize your writing life, visit ReadWriteandCreate.com. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for the RWC newsletter because I send out a monthly list of opportunities for BIPOC writers that include jobs, open submissions, residencies, grants, fellowships and more.
If you’d like more information about The Sanctuary, the new membership community exclusively for BIPOC women writers who want to get their work into the world, please use this link to join the "I Want to Know More" List.
A gem for BIPOC writers!!
Reed, write and create is the jolt you need to get you writing (and creating) All the goals and dreams of a black woman writer is possible. Reed, write and create has the receipts to show you. No other podcast has a line up of literary legends of our demographic like Lori. Every episode is filled with motivation. I love Reed, write and create.
A Fantastic Podcast to inspire BIPOC Writers
I absolutely love the Read, Write and Create podcast. Lori delivers gold with her inspirational and informative episodes that serve as mini writing coaching sessions. As a BIPOC writer who is trying to build a solid creative practice and get my stories into the world, this podcast is invaluable. I look forward to each new episode, and have saved and revisited more than one. I especially love how Lori draws from our literary ancestors’ experiences to teach and inspire. I highly recommend taking a listen if you are struggling to get to your desk, or are fighting procrastination and/or negative self talk. Your stories need to be told, and this podcast will definitely support the birthing process.
Thank you Lori L Tharps
I have purchased and read all of your books. I’ve read “Substitute Me” and “Kinky Gazpacho” several times. I just discovered your podcasts last week and have listened to many of them.
What I like about the podcasts is you are teaching me things (I thought I knew and didn’t) in an entertaining and engaging way.
I LOVE the podcasts and will recommend them to my friends.
You produce uplifting information in a way I can assimilate. I have l learned at least one useful thing from each of your podcasts.