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Zarinah T. Washington                                                       

(323) 392-7984  



Abdul Ali, consultant and feature writer with TheRoot.com, has designed college readiness and creative writing workshops for high school-aged and adult writers seeking enrichment. Workshops include Navigating the College Admission Essay, Navigating the Personal Statement,Communication Toolbox, Professional Toolbox and Releasing the Creative Writer Within. Workshops are scheduled to begin this Fall and will continue throughout 2012.

Washington, D.C. – October 10th, 2011 – Whether you are a seasoned professional, a recent college graduate or high school student with collegiate or professional aspirations, effective communication is essential to your personal advancement. With this in mind, local DC creative writer, Abdul Ali has created a series of workshops for both youth and adults seeking an innovative and interactive approach to “brushing up on their communication skills.”

Each workshop is tailored to meet the acquired skill level and need of its participants and can be brought to local schools, organizations as well as workplace settings.  “In our workshops, we’ll use skits and writing exercises to find the most appropriate way to respond to all sorts of circumstances.”   This fusion of everyday communication and literary writing is what sets Abdul Ali’s workshops apart from the others.  The goal of the workshops is to assist participants in “understanding the power of words and their potential to yield a desired result.” 

Youth workshops address college readiness, communication tools and creative writing. Adult workshops go on to address subjects such as writing the personal statement, effective networking as well as social networking. However all workshops can include additional topics as the workshops are flexible and customizable. A full listing of workshops is available per request.

For more information about Abdul Ali, workshop topics or scheduling a workshop for your institution, please contact Zarinah T. Washington at (323) 392-7984 or email thepublicist.dc@gmail.com.

About Abdul Ali

Originally from New York City, Abdul Ali is a culture writer, poet and editor living in the District of Columbia. His literary writing appears in the anthologies It’s All Love (Doubleday, 2008) edited by Marita Golden and Full Moon on K Street (Plan B Press, 2010) edited by Kim Roberts. His poetry has also appeared in Beltway Poetry QuarterlyThe AmistadThe Washington Post, Tidal Basin Review, Gargoyle, and New Contrasts (South Africa), among others.

Ali was the 2007 winner of the College Language Association’s Creative Writing Contest. He was a finalist for the 2008 Larry Neal Award and in 2009, a recipient of an Artist Fellowship for Literature by the DC Commission on the Arts, and most recently, Mr. Ali co-founded with Crystyn Wright NeoBlack Cinema Project, an organization whose mission is to radically shift the images of people of color in film.  Check it out at www.neoblackcinema.com

Educated at the historic Howard University where he received a BA in English and Theater, Ali is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at American University.


About Abdul Ali

I'm a fellow at American University studying creative nonfiction and poetry. I write across a few genres but it's all brought together by larger questions about culture.


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