When you introduce yourself do you say you are a writer/poet first or do you say you are a professor, teaching artist, social worker, or mother? The answer to this question is telling because it reveals to us where we have placed the writer in us. Choose one you relate closest to: I see my… Continue reading Writing from the Womb Spring 2019 ~ The Joy of Writing!
We are overjoyed to organize the 5th Annual Sankofa Sisterhood Writers Retreat to be held once again in the Catskill Mountains, NY This year’s theme is: The Writer’s Journey for Survival: Connecting to Wellness and Moving Towards Wholeness May 24 - May 27, 2019 This past year has been filled with constant aggression towards women… Continue reading REGISTRATION OPEN: Sankofa Sisterhood turns five!
When you just don't give a fck! Some days be like that. Some days everything seems to be going wrong. Some days are filled with crazy stress, we miss our train, we slip and fall, our lunch falls out of our bag and splatters everywhere... and we feel like saying FCK it... maybe today I… Continue reading Day 26 ~ When You’re Just Not Feelin’ It!
Music has a way of bringing us back to place, a memory, an emotion. Today I reflect on what the body remembers and how to use that muscle and emotional memory in the work we are creating. Sometimes I feel like I can access the darkness easier than I can the joyful memories. https://youtu.be/hdp3iDOaRe8 Visit… Continue reading Day 22 ~ The Body Remembers
I got to a point where I was done with writing after writing my first book. I didn't think I could write anything else after that. I didn't have anything left to give. How do we find the strength to write when we lose someone we love? How do we find the stamina that it… Continue reading Day 21 ~ When The Well Is Dry
Do you feel like you're a mess these days? Do the people you love the most constantly remind you of the ways you start something and can't finish it? Telling you, "you have so many amazing ideas but can't seem to finish one?" I have been feeling quite messy... so today I decided I would… Continue reading Day 20 ~ When Your Mind is a Mess
Writing has changed me. I used to love noise and loved being around people. These days I have other needs. What to when you are desperate for some quiet? Writer's have needs. What we mostly need is quiet and space. https://youtu.be/dSaVla5X1fw Visit website/join mailing list: http://www.aliciaanabelsantos.com/ IHEART RADIO: http://www.iheart.com/podcast/the-afrol…podcast-29260164/ Podcast available FREE on ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-afrolatina-show-podcast/id1243885137?mt=2… Continue reading Day 17 ~ What a Writer Needs
It is OK to want to be alone! It is OK to not want to be around anyone! It is OK to put our writing first! While this meditation and reflection got cut off the truth is yesterday I just wanted to be alone and this is OK. As writer's we must demand and say… Continue reading Day 16 ~ Wanting To Be Alone
What keeps us from writing is, lo que diran!!! There is something that happens when we pay more attention to the outer/inner critic. Who are we bringing into our writing space before we even begin? What was that moment you first picked up the pen? What brought you to the page? Who do you write… Continue reading Day 14 ~ Writing for the Audience of ONE
Today I talk about how real "impostor syndrome" is for the writer! I share a moment where I questioned my ability as a writer, whether or not I had a story worth telling! How dare you want to write? What qualifies you to tell this story??? How do we shatter this impostor syndrome? https://youtu.be/i2hLHCB50RY … Continue reading Day 13 ~ Impostor Syndrome