The Professional Level Workshop of JOKWW has been featured in such publications as Shooting Star Review and African Voices. It has also presented craft workshops and readings at the 1991 Pittsburgh Black Writers Conference and the 2002 National Black Arts Festival.
Admittance to this workshop is through a two-tiered process only. An applicant need not be published to gain admittance to the workshop, but he or she must have mastered the building blocks of fiction. No monetary dues are required as a member's critique is considered his or her dues; strict attendance regulations are therefore imposed.
Aspiring applicants are required to submit four (4) copies of one short story or novel excerpt of up to fifteen (15) double-spaced typed pages to the Screening Committee. The name of the applicant must not appear on the manuscript, only the title of the work. All submissions must be accompanied by an application form.
Should the applicant's submission pass through the committee, the applicant will be invited to read a second selection of his or her work to the workshop membership in person. A majority of the votes cast during this meeting will admit the applicant to the workshop on a four month probationary basis. A 2/3 majority vote at the end of the probationary period is required for permanent membership.
Visitors are allowed to attend a total of three workshops unless invited by the Executive Director. Visitors may only critique during workshop if permitted by the reader. Visitors are not allowed to read their own work under any circumstances.
The Professional Level Workshop meets from 10am to 1pm every other Saturday in the Africana Resource Room at Medgar Evers College, which is located at 1650 Bedford Avenue (corner of Crown Street) in Brooklyn, NY. Check our calendar for the next scheduled meeting.
Directions Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Franklin Avenue. Walk one block up Eastern Parkway to Bedford Avenue. Turn right on Bedford and walk 5 blocks to the college.