Pens Up, Fears Down!

Wherever you are. Whatever you’re writing. Now.

A Six-Week Writing Course Lead by Award-Winning Author Sadeqa Johnson

Tuesday Evenings

The workshop begins again in September

Dates to be Announced

Open to all levels

6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Shoppes at the Renaissance

Wine Vine Club

101 W. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Registration fee: $200

Parking: The Shoppes at the Renaissance is located one block away from a for-pay parking lot.

There is also off-street parking along the side streets (free in the evenings), and the area is very well lit.

What Attendees Are Saying

PENS UP, FEARS DOWN is a wonderful writing class that helped me immensely. Sadeqa Johnson is a caring and passionate instructor who teaches from personal experience. What she teaches you will help you improve your writing, not just during the class, but beyond. PENS UP, FEARS DOWN is well worth your time and energy regardless if you are new to writing or have had some writing success. I highly recommend it. Plus, Sadeqa’s excitement is contagious.

Hope Whitby

I do not consider myself a writer. I write for fun, relaxation, and therapy. Sadeqa’s class has added a new level of enthusiasm and fulfillment to my writing. Sadeqa’s positive energy is contagious. The class community we have built in just six short weeks is supportive and inspirational. I very much look forward to our next six week session!

Alisha Gallini

Pens Up, Fears Down has made the single greatest impact on my fiction writing. Under Sadeqa’s guidance, I’ve reintroduced short stories into my repertoire, discovered the value of aphorisms, and was challenged to complete my first book synopsis. Within six weeks, I found a group of kindred spirits who love the written word as much as I do. This workshop is a can’t miss for those looking to stretch and grow beyond the bounds of their imagination and fears.

Kristina Cotis

Thanks for all of your help and encouragement.I learned so much about writing in this wonderful class. Keep up the good work.

John L. Brown

Author Sadeqa Johnson

Join award-winning author Sadeqa Johnson as she provides a safe-haven for writers of all levels and genres. In this class, she will help massage the knots and unravel the tales traveling through your head. In this free-flowing class, you will explore memory, character, dialogue and plot, with writing exercises and round table discussions. To create an intimate environment, there is a limited number of spaces available.

Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with New York Times best-selling authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Fiction. She is the author of Second House From the Corner and And Then There Was Me. A native of Philadelphia she has lived in New York City, hips towns in New Jersey, and has recently relocated to a suburb of Richmond. She is a motivational speaker, inspirational blogger, wife and mother of three incredibly busy children. For more please visit

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