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The Spoken Word
The group appeals to both the hearts and minds of educators. They entertain while at the same time the message hits home.
Sheryl Denbo, Director, Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
For years, The Spoken Word has delivered the joys of self - expression and communication to young people.
Nancy Schwalb, Coordinator, DC Creative Writing Project
Uplifting, culturally-based, and always fun.
C. R. Gibbs, historian and author of Black Explorers


Butterflying – Journaling Workshop – October 20, 2018

Need more serenity in your life? Want to get more grounded? Looking for a path for problem-solving? Journaling is a time-tested, time honored way to increased self-awareness and personal peace.
Keeping a journal has helped keep my sanity. It's been important in my development as a writer and as a woman. I'd like to share that experience with you.
I'm leading a workshop with fellow author Jonetta Barras on journaling. It takes place:
Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at 1313 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
The cost is $25 and scholarships are available.
For more information, contact 202-829-0591 or estherproductionsinc@gmail.com.
Register at www.estherproductionsinc.com.
Hope to see you on October 20th!













Beating Writer's Block – November 1, 2018

Ready to write that book — but having trouble getting started?
I have some ideas for you. Beating Writer's Block is a workshop I have offered for several years now every November in honor of National Novel Writing Month .But it doesn't matter if your book is fiction or non-fiction – get serious about getting it done.
Join us on:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
at Francis Gregory Library,
3660 Alabama Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20020
Come prepared to write.











February 2018 – African American History Month


Joy Jones Newsletter – October 2014:  Read here…!

The Story Gift Project

A word that is more magical than 'abracadabra' or 'hocus pocus' is 'free'. The Story Gift Project is an effort to extend the magic of reading for fun by giving free books to people who may not otherwise own and enjoy a book. The Spoken Word, whose mission is to use the arts and culture to serve the community, will use The Story Gift Project to acquire and then donate books to underserved or disenfranchised communities. Click here for complete   details! 









Books from The Story Gift Project:















A collection of books donated to children in treatment at Psychiatric Institute
of Washington
















Staff at Psychiatric Institute of Washington receive a donation of books
by Peter Mandel through The Story Gift Project




















Dr. Anne Evans, principal of Miner Elementary School
accepts a donation from Joy Jones






Saturday, October 25, 2014  4:00 p.m.
Saint Elizabeths Hospital Auditorium
11000 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, DC

Click here for   details! 










LA Webfest


















It's Time for Adult Double Dutch!  We start on Friday, April 20, 2012
 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue NE,  Washington, DC 20017.  Free!


Check out the StoryCorps blog for "Brookland, not Brooklyn"!

A most interesting interview recorded in partnership with the Black Women Playwright’s Group!


Book Discussion and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.


The Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square

Historical Society of Washington DC

801 K Street N.W. , Washington DC 20001 

(Across the street from the Washington Convention Center, 2 blocks north of the China Town Metro, climb the curvy stairs to entrance. )


Hear the remarkable stories of writers who went into schools, prisons, hospitals, shelters and other venues to reach people and teach people about how poetry and prose can be the starting point for dramatic change.  Join us and you'll receive a free copy of Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds; The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry & Prose or Tell The World (while supplies last).


Enjoy some of DC's favorite writers who were part of the WritersCorps experience: Kenneth Carroll — Ryan Grim — Monica Hand –Joy Jones — Uchechi Kalu –Livia Kent– Melissa Tuckey 

Plus a performance by actor Gregory Bargeman.


And it's all free thanks to support from The Spoken Word, the Historical Society of Washington, DC, The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the National Home Library Foundation and the Literary Friends of DC Public Library. 


Details are in the attached flyer.

15 Years of DC WritersCorps


Poetry and prose are powerful! But if you missed the program or if you missed the broadcast, check out the story about WritersCorps on NPR – WAMU-FM Metro Connection, 15 Years of DC WritersCorps. Here's the link: http://wamu.org/programs/mc/09/06/26.php#27272.

 The Spoken Word at the OSSE Family Expo 2008
The Spoken Word at the OSSE Family Expo 2008




Feed your mind!
What do you think about: Black men, love and growing older?
Escaping the street life?
The misinformation taught you in school?

Come hear some of Washington’s best writers discuss their ideas in a free lecture and discussion. Participants also receive a free autographed copy of each book.
What’s on the menu? Find out