Writer’s Lounge

If you ever had a book idea in your mind and want to get started, this course is for you. This is a six week workshop series – although provided in a relaxed environment, we are serious about getting you to the next level of your writing. There will be two workshops one for fiction and one for nonfiction. As well as myself various published and accomplished authors will tutor you.

Main Characters of the Faculty

Beverley East is the founder of the Writer’s Lounge and is the author of two best-selling books “Finding Mr. Write – A New Slant on Selecting the Perfect Mate (Random House) and Reaper of Souls – a Novel of the 1957 Kendal Crash . Her novel was chosen for the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival. She wrote a career column for the Sunday Gleaner for six years and continues to write a lively handwriting column “Reading Your Writes” for the Sunday Herald for the past eight years. She is the President of Strokes & Slants a handwriting consultancy that deal with personality profiles and forged documents. (The Writer’s Lounge is held in her ‘lounge’ in North East Washington – a stones throw from XM Radio).

Alexis Dobbins is an Author, editor and publisher and CEO of writeRelations, a Washington area publishing organization focused on empowering positive material. Alexis is the author of “The Good in Him,” and has provided editing and book design services to national and internationally known authors.

Randi Gray Kristensen is Assistant Professor of University Writing at the George Washington University. Her dissertation Rights of Passage, Maroon Novels by Black Women Writers, deploys marronage as history and metaphors in contemporary novels by African Disaporic women writers. She also writes fiction (Electric Grace ed. Richard Peabody), memoir (Under her Skin ed. Pooja Makhijani) and poetry (Caribbean Fie ed. Rama bai Espinet).

Donna Hemans is the author of River Woman which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2003. Donna’s short fiction has appeared in Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review and THEMA among others. She has served as the Lannan Visiting Creative Writer in Residence at Georgetown University and has been a fellow at Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Millay Colony for the Arts; and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Course Schedule

Includes six intense weeks:

Chapter 1: Beginnings and Introductions – How to hook your reader from the first page to the last

Chapter 2: Proposal writing and Believable characters

Chapter 3: Strengthening your prose – Methahors, similes and the nuts and bolts in between

Chapter 4: Your message, your mission and marketing your book agents vs self-publishing

Chapter 5: Structuring your story/ms

Chapter 6: Show & Tell – Seeing believing

Classes will be held on Saturdays. This course is available online or by Skype.


$365 – a deposit of half the registration secures your place. There are limited spaces so early registration is advised.

Deposit ($182.50)
Second Payment ($182.50)

Please include your name, address, and email with payment.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

What our graduating students say
about their experience in the Writer’s Lounge

“I cannot be there for the final class but I wanted you to know the course exceeded my expectations; in a word–“Fantastic.” Pam Taylor

“The Writer’s Lounge delivered what was advertised, a warm and relaxed environment with accomplished authors, and an intense focus on getting us to our next level of writing. Knowing how busy each of the authors is with demanding personal projects, makes me particularly grateful for the time they took to impart their writing expertise to the class.

What a great period this has been in my development as a writer. No matter what my future holds, I’m immensely thankful for this special class.” Karen Joy

“The Writer’s Lounge helped me develop a better time schedule for time to write.”Samantha Kornegay

“This was an excellent workshop. All of the tutors were excellent . We were able to construct actual stories.” Alfia Johnson

“I liked the tutors and the most usable idea I gained in the Writer’s Lounge was describing the story like a movie.” Sharon Cheeks