WWf(a)C Annual Author Series presents Mariama J. Lockington

Women Writing for (a) Change Annual Author Series presents
Mariama J. Lockington
September 25

Mariama J. Lockongton Photo


Join us as we welcome Mariama J. Lockington for two very special events!

Friday evening, September 25th, is a free virtual talk/reading:
Reading to Survive: #OwnVoices Representation in Children's Literature 

Saturday, September 26th, Mariama will facilitate a virtual
2 1/2-hour intergenerational writing workshop:
Writing to Survive: Crafting the Story of Your Heart

(Photo provided by Mariama J. Lockington) 


Friday, September 25th - 7:00-8:30 pm EDT - Free Talk/Reading
Reading to Survive: #Own Voices Representation in Children's Literature

In this talk, author and adoptee Mariama J. Lockington will read excerpts from her debut middle grade novel For Black Girls Like Me, while discussing her personal journey with reading, writing, and the importance of seeing oneself reflected in literature as a young person. Deeply focused on the #weneeddiversebooks movement, Mariama will offer ways for audience members to diversify their own bookshelves and reading habits, providing action steps propelled by the core belief that storytelling is a powerful way to build empathy and human connection. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

To register for the September 25th Free Talk/Reading and Q&A CLICK HERETickets will be available until 4pm on Friday, September 25th.  Open to all.

Please Note: You will be redirected to EventBrite in order to make reservations for the Friday night event. There will be no fee for this registration and you may request one ticket per household. You will receive information regarding logging into this Zoom event via email.
With gratitude and appreciation to the anonymous donor
who made this event possible.
Saturday, September 26th - 10 am - 12:30 pm EDT - $50 Virtual Workshop
Writing to Survive: Crafting the Story of Your Heart

To register for the workshop, CLICK HERE. Open to All Genders, All Ages 12-92.
Toni Morrison once said, "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." In this intergenerational workshop, author Mariama J. Lockington will guide participants in understanding how storytelling--in many forms--can be a tool for survival. Participants will engage with the work of Audre Lorde, Billie Holiday, and Octavia Butler, etc. while exploring what it means to write #ownvoices stories. What is the story of your heart? How will you tell it? Why will it matter? Come ready to listen, laugh, engage, and share your unique voice. Hosted by Lisa Rocklin, Executive Director, WWf(a)C. You will receive a Zoom link via email.
Order your copy of Mariama's novel
For Black Girls Like Me
For every book purchased, the Blue Manatee Literacy Project will donate a book to a student in need in the Greater Cincinnati area.

For Black Girls Like Me Book Cover
Mariama J. Lockington is a transracial adoptee, author, and educator. She has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore shortalls and flower leggings every day to school. Her debut middle grade novel For Black Girls Like Me (FSG 2019) is an ALA Notable Middle Grade Book, a Booklist Editors Choice title, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard title, a Project LIT Book Club 2019-2020 selection, and has earned five starred reviews from Shelf Awareness, Publisher's Weekly, Book Page, School Library Journal, and Booklist. Mariama's second middle grade novel In the Key Of Us will be out in 2022 and her debut YA novel Forever is Now is also forthcoming. Mariama calls many places home, but currently lives in Kentucky with her partner and her little sausage dog, Henry. You can find her on Twitter @marilock and on Instagram @forblackgirlslikeme.