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OCU, Ellison Library Present Free Writing Workshop

The Ralph Ellison Library will host a free public writing workshop at 6 p.m. July 10.

The workshop is in partnership with Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program. It is designed for adults and will be led by Red Earth MFA students and writing professor Quraysh Ali Lansana.

No workshop preparation is necessary but participants should bring their own writing materials.

Lansana is the author of five poetry books, three textbooks, a children’s book, editor of eight anthologies and co-author of a book of pedagogy. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a departmental fellow and served as director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing for nine years. His book “Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community” (with Georgia A. Popoff) was published in 2011 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee.

This is the second summer the Red Earth MFA program has offered a workshop at Ellison Library. Last year’s workshop was part of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration.

The Ralph Ellison Library is a branch of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System and is located at 2000 N.E. 23rd St. For more information about the workshop, contact the library at (405) 424-1437.

The Red Earth MFA is a low-residency creative-writing program where students and faculty meet for 10-day residencies twice a year — in July and January. Students complete their semesters at home, sending their writing and other coursework to their faculty mentor.

The Red Earth MFA has recently been certified for funding through the Post-911 GI Bill.

For more information on the Red Earth MFA, visit the website at