Workshops & Awards

Workshop, Award or HonorYearDetails
Aspen Summer Words, Aspen, Colorado2018Selected for novel workshop with novelist Peter Ho Davies
Tinhouse Writing Workshop, Portland Oregon2018Selected for novel writing workshop with novelist Tayari Jones
“Strivers”  selected for inclusion in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program2016

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PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools

Callaloo Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Writing Workshop at Oxford University, Oxford, UK2016Selected for fiction workshop led by novelist Ravi Howard. Selected to read at the culminating reading event.
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Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize2016Winner for short story collection “Strivers and Other Stories”

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Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize2013Commended Manuscript
29th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Awards
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington, DC
20122nd Place in Adult Fiction for short story “Assisted Living”
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2006Participated in fiction workshop led by novelist Paula Morris
Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Writers Workshop
University of San Francisco,  San Francisco, CA
2004Selected for novel workshop lead by novelist ZZ Packervona[1]
Sandhills Writers Conference
Augusta  University, Augusta, GA
20032nd Place in Fiction,  for short story “Strivers”
“The West Wing”  Screenwriting Competition,
The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and TV Development
2003Finalist for screenplay “Good People”
Sandhills Writers Conference
Augusta State University, Augusta, GA
2003Participated in fiction workshop led by novelist Tommy Hayes
Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Writers Workshop
University of San Francisco,  San Francisco, CA
2003Selected for novel workshop lead by novelist Colson Whitehead
19th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Awards
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington, DC
20021st Place in Adult Fiction for short story “Lester is Late”
18th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Awards
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington, DC
2001Honorable Mention in Adult Fiction  for short story “The Benefactress”
Hurston/Wright Writers’ Week
Howard University, Washington, DC
2001Selected for novel workshop led by novelist Patricia Elam
17th Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Awards
D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington, DC
2000Honorable Mention, Adult Dramatic Writing Category, for screenplay “The Golden Helmet”
 Jenny McKean Moore Community Workshop
George Washington University, Washington, DC
1997Selected for fiction workshop led by novelist Danny Vilmure
Stillpoint Literary Journal, Athens, GA1992Short story “The Brown One”  selected for publication
Robert Van Sant Memorial Short Story Contest
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1991First Place for short story “Social Mobility”; Story published in “N” Magazine

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Robert Van Sant Memorial Short Story Contest
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1991Honorable Mention for short story “Of Rambling Minds