Monique Franz, an American novelist, playwright, and Wilkes Alumni, has repatriated to the U.S. after twelve years of living overseas. Her love of fiction grew during her travels to 33 countries throughout the regions of Asia, Europe, and North Africa where she held workshops and seminars for youth and teachers, often in underdeveloped areas.
Monique founded the DB Writers Forum in Hong Kong and taught performing arts courses at the International Academy of Film and Television. During her time overseas, she worked as a freelance writer for screen and stage, including script consulting for Telema, two African musical productions that raised city-wide awareness and hundreds of thousands of dollars for asylum-seekers and refugees.
Her debut novel, Sistas in Hong Kong, is a fictional tale inspired by her life as a woman of color in the Far East as well as her advocacy work with asylum-seekers and refugees. She and her family currently reside in Rochester, New York where she teaches English Language Arts and Creative Writing to inner-city youth and seasonal musical theatre at OFC Creations.
winter residency at wilkes
Although Omnicron threw a monkey wrench in the plans for an in-person good time, the winter residency for Wilkes' creative writing students kicked off well on January 7th. Students, faculty, and alumni like myself were all in Zoom, but there was no loss of great speakers, lectures, discussions, or writing sessions. I was privileged to host and moderate the fun stuff (fitting my vivacious personality).
The fun stuff included Open Mic Night where students threw it down with amazing readings from their novels. Students were accosted by my funny and intrusive questions at Saturday's All Program Mixer. Folks had their cocktails and mocktails and coffee during our Happy Hour in Zoom (January is always dry for me though). And on Wednesday, the 12th, I was privileged to play alongside actress, Katelyn Sincavage in Dr. Bonnie Culver's one-act play, Accident.
With all that fun, the highlight of residency (for me) was meeting and getting tips from the leading ladies of Brown Girls Books Publishing. ReShonda Tate-Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray taught us writers the importance of the "hustle" and an "out-of-the-box" approach to marketing ourselves as writers. So, here I am now -- in the hustle for a piece of that publishing pie.
Workshops & Retreats
Upcoming Workshops & Retreats
The Writers’ Block: Writing in Community
Online | 6 sessions
6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays
Expanding Cultural Schema Through Fiction
Online | Two Saturdays each session
1pm-4pm on Saturdays
Setting as Character:
Craft a setting where readers get lost in the story
Online | Two Saturday Sessions
Register Session: April 2 & 9
1-4pm on Saturdays