Some of you know, but many of you do not that I recently published a preview of my long awaiting collection of childhood memories. In My Backyard: Stories of Growing Up In Oakland- A Preview… More
September 1st was the beginning of the Melody & Dera Get Finished Workshop. Now is the time to put up or get up. I turned in a proposal to the African American Museum & Library of Oakland (AAMLO) to share my growing up in Oakland stories. Now I need at least 5 pages of my in-progress manuscript, The Enchantments, by Thursday. But first I need to do some organization of my characterizations.
The Magic of Memoir
I spent today on a five- hour webinar. So very informative and enlightening. The Magic of Memoir covered the many areas and nuances of memoir writing. From narrative arc, memoir as life story, the many paths of publishing to writing for love and money. The instructors were dynamite. Now to process it all.
A Tale of Two States in eMerge Magazine
My new publication showed up in eMerge Magazine, A Tale of Two States.
Blogtalk Radio Interview in Collaboration with All the Women in My Family Sing and Girls Fly!
I was interviewed recently on Blogtalk Radio. Girls Fly! with Author, Dera Williams – “ Finding Your Written Voice Series’
Podcast Blogtalk Radio interviewed by Girls Fly! Founder Gael Sylvia Pullen.
A Tale of Two States
Arkansas. The state where I was born. The place of my ancestors, family reunions, family weddings and celebrations and a place where those who have left come back to as their final resting place.
I had come on this journey this year 2019 in the month of June to commemorate my mother’s burial grave in the Rowland family burial plot at Batts Chapel Cemetery in the little town of Huttig in southern Arkansas. My mother left southern Arkansas to attend Philander Smith College, a small Historically Black Methodist-run college in the capital city of Little Rock. After graduating, starting her teaching career, married and had me and my brother, my parents decided they would make the trek which came to be called the “Great Migration” when thousands of African Americans moved from the south to the North, the Midwest, East and Western states.
My family left Arkansas in 1953 when my brother was just two months old and I was two years old. As much as my mother acclimated to California and made a life for herself, she was ever a southern girl at heart and always wanted to be buried where she and her family still have ties. The ‘old place’ where my grandparents raised their family is still standing on heir property and elder members of our family are receiving compensation for the lumber the beautiful pine and oak trees produce.
As we drove, two carloads of us, from Little Rock to Union County, about a 2 ½ hour drive, there was no denying the lush beauty of the natural forest of majestic pines towering along the highway. We drove past numerous small towns with small populations and being in the Bible belt there were churches prominent along the way. I became nostalgic watching the scenery before me.
Dera R. Williams is a published author of fiction, nonfiction and memoir, a griot who has co-authored a short story collection and a collection of childhood memories of growing up in Oakland.
We’re in Litquake SF Lit Crawl 2019 this year!
A writers collective I am in, AfroSurreal Writers Workshop in Oakland, California, received notice last week that we are in a Lit Crawl 2019 featured spot.
Artwork by Alan Clark
Time Travel: A Literary and Poetic Exploration To The Next Dimension
AfroSurreal Workshop located in the Oakland/Eastbay wants to take audiences on a journey in the diverse ways we time travel. It may be a story set in the past or future, a cosmic universe, a graphic journey in other worlds or a walk through a Wakanda-like setting)