During the month of July, Black Lawrence Press author Abayomi
Animashaun is offering consultations on essays and full-length creative
manuscripts may be up to 300 pages in length. Individual essays should
be between 5 and 20 pages in length. Manuscripts should formatted in 12
point font and double spaced. The fees as $500 for manuscripts and $40
The deadline to submit work for this
consultation program is July 31. Abayomi will complete his work and
respond to all program participants by August 31.
Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!
Abayomi's Statement of Purpose:
Creative nonfiction, for me, provides a place where I can hold myself
accountable - a place where I can unabashedly return to, map out, and
almost systematically study my own biography and the landscape of my own
understanding. It is a genre that allows me to question myself and my
writing and allows me to approach elements that make up my imagination,
hold them to the ground, and tease open their jackets to better learn
the “how” and “why”, the “where from”, and the “how long” of their
Given its fluid form, I approach creative nonfiction with
the same inclusive sensitivity I bring to poetry. I understand that
approaches to it are infinite and the themes explored within it are
myriad. Because of this, I try to listen and understand by entering a
dialogue with the author. I ask myself “what is the author trying to
do?”, “what issue is he/she addressing?”, and “with whom is he/she in
conversation?” I pay attention to subject matter and movement of prose,
narrative intent and the possibilities available to shape the piece in
question to the author’s patent and/or inchoate goals.
Feedback From Previous Participants
"...I want to express my deepest gratitude for [Abayo's] lovely and
insightful comments on my essay...[his] careful reading, [his] gentle
inquiries and suggestions, allowed me to make the essay stronger in all
the right ways." --Joey G.
"...I found [Abayo's] advice very
useful. [He] provided clear and concise ideas about what is working well
in pieces and gave me lots of wonderful ideas for areas of improvement.
I look forward to jumping into some revision and writing more..."
"[I] thank [Abayo] for the helpful and inspiring
comments. It’s such a help to have fresh, insightful eyes look
critically but kindly at a long piece and comment in a way that makes
the writer want to get back to wrestling in the weeds with it. [His]
broad feedback was very useful, especially when backed with examples." --Frank L.