Fridays: Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writer’s Wordshop

In 1977, Nathaniel Gadsden created The Writers Wordshop, a weekly poetry venue, designed to give Poets and Writers a platform to share their works with the world in a safe & non-threatening environment. The Wordshop is especially geared toward the voice of the liberation writers, who scream for the destruction of Social Injustice.

The Wordshop has provided writing workshops, statewide conferences, publishing opportunities, and access to nationally published writers & poets, along with television & radio exposure for wordsmiths across Central PA. Since 1998, the Writers Wordshop has provided four Poet Laureates to the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, starting with its founder Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden.

The Writers Wordshop exists to create a better community through writing, reading, spoken word, and education. The Writers Wordshop strives to destroy the school to prison pipeline, by sending more students to state universities instead of state prisons. The Writers Wordshop has formed partnerships with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, The Pennsylvania Council On The Arts, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg NAACP ACT-SO program, Jump Street Inc., Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology & Midtown Scholar Bookstore to encourage reading and writing as an alternative to violence and

Book of the Day – Into My Rotation – A collection of scribes – Nolan Holloway

“This book is a surprise to me. About two and half years ago I wrote a poem to a friend. Got a positive response so I continued writing. Over that time my life has come full circle. Getting back to building a relationship with God, and renewing the bond with my children has started a fire to pen “scribes.” I have discovered a way of expressing myself that people can relate to and feel. This motivation has me putting my collection in book form,” says Nolan Holloway.

Book of the Day – Expose It: Let Your Healing Process Begin – Ivy Caldwell

Exposing the truth can be a painful process. If you stay on track by peeling back the layers of pain, you will be on the journey to healing your soul and mind. This book shares with you the journey of hurts, fears, and struggles of the life of the author and how allowing God in your life can be a journey to claiming back your power. A child learns to stifle their voice as a result of a traumatic event. Are you tired of hurting? Are you tired of hiding what happened to you as a child? Have you talked to someone about what has happened to you as an adult? Are you tired of carrying the heavy weight of silence? Go ahead and confess it! It’s not until you confront the situation that the healing process can begin.

In this book, you will learn:

• How to get unstuck and move past your pain of abuse in childhood
• How to get your voice and authority back
• How forgiving those who have hurt you is part of your healing process
• The importance of being healed to walk in your purpose

Book Spotlight of the Day – In Search of Community – Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden

” In Search of the Beloved Community”  By Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden, Founder, and Director of Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writers Wordshop

“This story is about the evolution of my poetic voice, how poetry has led me to have extraordinary experiences in an extraordinary community of people, and how poetry has been my instrument for social change.”

“When I heard the voices of power and revolution that emerged from the Black Arts Movement, I found a way to use my voice.  Poetry became my way of expressing emotions and entering the protest movement while staying true to my belief in nonviolence.  These artists defined my trajectory as a poet.”   

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Book Spotlight – The Reunion – Natasha Frazier

Tell us about your book, The Reunion.

The Reunion is book 1 in a new romantic suspense series, The Langston Sisters. In book 1, Crystal is recovering from an abusive marriage and has plans to prove she’s doing just fine. She attends her 20th college reunion with this goal in mind, but her ex-husband also attends. And ends up dead. Crystal is the #1 suspect. Marcel has just launched his political campaign for District Attorney. He’s been friends with Crystal for 30 years, so he represents her in the murder case against her ex-husband.  Will his feelings cloud his judgment? Will Crystal rise above the charges? And if she does, it may not be the end of this nightmare for her.

 Why did you decide to write it?

I’ve had an idea for a romantic suspense story stewing for a while. When the idea I had wasn’t working, I came up with this one. I’m happy about the direction of this story.

 What’s the best part of being an author?

Aside from meeting readers, the best part about being an author is the ability to write about most of the crazy ideas that come to my head, without people thinking I’m crazy. LOL.

 What’s the worst part of being an author?

I don’t know if there’s the worst thing, but I’d like more time or more discipline to get all my writing goals accomplished on a daily basis.

 Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?

I love Marcel. Even though he and Crystal start off as only friends, it’s evident he has feelings for her. It takes her a while to realize it, though.

 What was the hardest part of writing the story?

I wouldn’t say there’s a hard part, but I had to interview cops and attorneys to ensure I got certain scenes right. Can’t tell you which ones because I might spoil the story. 🙂

 If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

Balancing Act. I’m constantly looking for ways to better balance everything I have going on between family, work, writing, and other personal interests.

 What is something readers would be surprised to know about you? 

I’m not sure if they’d be surprised, but one fun fact is that I didn’t learn how to swim until I was 35.

 What are you currently working on right now?

I’m working on the next book in this series, which is tentatively titled, The Wrong Seat.

 Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Please accept this open invitation to read, enjoy, and review, The Reunion.

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