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“Write the Story You Haven’t Told”


Special FREE 2-hour writing workshop during Essence Festival Weekend Only!

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Le Méridien Hotel

4th Floor 

333 Poydras Street

New Orleans, LA 70130


Award-Winning author, Joylynn M. Ross (writing as E. N. Joy)


In her 22-year career in the literary industry, Joylynn has written under the names Joylynn M. Jossel, JOY, N. Joy, and BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy. Her latest release is a non-fiction publishing reference titled Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business: Ways to Achieve Financial Literary Success. As the main instructor at the annual Path To Publishing “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” Conference held every September in Las Vegas, Nevada, Joylynn has served on almost every corner of the literary industry map; literary agent—with clients who have book deals with Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Urban Books, to name a few, an editor (for both publishing houses and freelance), a literary consultant, a ghostwriter (for both publishing houses and freelance), a writing and publishing coach, and literary educator. So, who better to chauffeur writers and authors along their literary journey?

Joylynn’s title, If I Ruled the World (JOY), earned a book blurb from Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man (Joylynn M. Jossel), an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders Bestselling African American Romance Award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (JOY), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese. Her children's book, The Secret Olivia Told Me (N. Joy), received an American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor. Scholastic Books acquired the book club rights, and the book has sold over 100,000 copies to date.

With almost 40 publications in print and almost three-quarters of a million books sold, there are still stories Joylynn hasn’t told. She’s not the only one. Everyone has a story inside of them; one they desire to tell but don’t know where to start, or one that has been buried so deeply they are afraid to start.

Bill Clinton, years back, right after he had his first memoir published, said, "Anybody over fifty owes it to his family to write down everything that's happened during his life and pass it on."

Although this statement rings loud with truth, a person shouldn’t wait until they’re 50, as tomorrow isn’t promised. So, let’s start writing that story today, regardless of age, so that tomorrow our words will live to free ourselves of the story or stories that are inside of us, as well as, perhaps, free others—as words have the power to do just that!

What this workshop will allow you to do:

  • Brainstorm topics/causes to write about

  • Get the story idea out of your head and onto paper

  • Organize any thoughts you already have on paper


Workshop objectives:

  • Determining why you want to write this story, and then determine how you want to tell the story

  • Determine length

  • Develop main characters or persons you’ll highlight in the story and determine their conflicts (internal/external), stakes, goals, motivations, etc.

  • Choose the point of view in which you want to tell the story and establish setting/starting point and the structure

  • Start an outline (even if you’re a pantser)

  • Tips on filling in the meat of the story


***Your story—your words—can be told safely. You will not be required to share unless you choose to.***