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Writing History with Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond


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Saturday, 12:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT September 30, 2023

Online via Zoom

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Dictionary definitions will tell you history is what has been recorded, preserved in an account, or otherwise enshrined in collective memory. But because humans don’t have the capacity to record or remember everything, and no computer or hard drive has yet been built with infinite memory, human history is selective. It’s what we *choose* to remember, and forget. In this course, we will review historic prose and poetry.

Course Outline
  • 12–1:30pm: Discuss two shared recent historic events and pick one to write about.
  • 1:30–3pm: Review historic prose and poetry, and “rewrite” to include a perspective/experience that has been ignored or omitted.
  • 3–4:30pm: Mine a personal memory to begin an original piece.

Capacity: 20

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    Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

    Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

    Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the children’s picture book Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, illustrated by Caldecott Honor Artist Daniel Minter. Named among the best books of 2022 by NPR, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, and The Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature, Blue was honored with the 2023 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award® recognizing excellence in the writing of non-fiction for children, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

    Brew-Hammond also wrote the young adult novel Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called “a winning debut”, and she edited Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices, of which Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review: “This smart, generous collection is a true gift.” Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship whose mission is to write light into darkness. You can keep up with Nana on Instagram at @nanaekuawriter, Twitter at @nanaekua, and Facebook at @nanaekuawriter.

    Photo Credit: Essie Brew Hammond; Clothing by EXIT 14