Author: Sherisa de Groot

Ten Questions for Renee Rutledge

What inspired you to tell this story?  My first novel, The Hour of Daydreams, was inspired by the questions I had after reading a Filipino folktale. Why would a woman marry a man who stole her wings? Why would she leave her daughter behind? Writing the novel was my process of uncovering the answers, to explore motivation and tell the story behind the story. For my first children’s book, One Hundred Percent Me, I wrote the story I wished I could have read to my own daughters when they were growing up, one that includes a character of mixed Asian and Latina heritage like them. When I became a mother, I repeatedly witnessed my daughters being asked the same questions about “what they are” or where they’re from. The main character in One Hundred Percent Me turns those questions on their head to say, “I’m from here; this city is just as much mine as yours; and I am myself and beautiful.” What did you edit out of this book? In writing the children’s book …


Date: Saturday, July 29 Duration: 2 Hours | 11 AM – 1 PM EST Location: Online Cost: $125 10 seats available! Details Throughout history, Black women have resisted oppression. From colonization to the #metoo movement, Black women have done the labor of building community, seeking justice, and creating safe spaces for others. Letters For Revolution is a historical fiction writing course, where true historical stories of women who resisted oppression are combined with epistolary writing techniques. This story combines the best of history and fiction and gives you the tools to ground yourself in storytelling. Click here for more info and to register for LETTERS FOR REVOLUTION.

📌 WORKSHOP | SPARK: A CreaTiff Writing Club

Dates: Sundays, June 9 – June 30 Duration: 1.5 Hours | 5 PM – 6:30 PM EST Location: Online Cost: $40 13 seats left! Details In this writing workshop, Tiffany B. Grantham will provide a space for creativity and learning. Workshop participants will explore their creativity through different mediums of instrumental music, art and material culture with inspired dialogue. How can a writer learn and express their creativity without fear of their voice being rejected? “The cure is to have it welcomed and affirmed.”–Pat Schneider Participants will have the option to share their work and receive verbal feedback. Previous writing experience is not required. Click here for more info and to register for SPARK: A CreaTiff Writing Club.