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Results from the January Writers Workshops at AAMLO

For the first time, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) in association with Chatmon’s Books hosted its first free writers workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Co-owners and presenters Charles and Chandra Chatmon shared their knowledge and experience as published authors to a packed conference room of new and aspiring authors taking notes on what to expect when starting their literary dreams.

Topics included; how to get motivated, identifying the format structure and literary devices used in fiction and non-fiction writing, learning the different publishing options available, how to promote and market a book using a platform and what authors should do to create a brand for themselves. As a result, the attendees learned a lot and mentioned they were return for more in-depth coverage of the topics stated above.

The workshops are free to attend and reference materials related to the subject matter will be available for sale at the conclusion of the lesson. If you would like to know more about the new writers workshops at AAMLO, please take a look at our Writers Workshops at AAMLO page or contact Chatmon’s Books at or 707-235-6520 if you have an organization or school that is interested in attending.

The next meeting is on Saturday, February 18 beginning at 2:00pm.

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Press Release: Writers Workshops at AAMLO, January 21



OAKLAND, CA – President and co-owner of Chatmon’s Books, Charles L. Chatmon will teach writers workshops inside the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) beginning on Saturday, January 21, 2012 and every third Saturday of the month until June. These instructional seminars, which begin at 2:00pm, are ideal for the aspiring or emerging author to learn about the changing landscape of the publishing business and the impact it will have on budding writers.

The workshop will be taught in three segments; first, finding the motivation to write the first draft of a manuscript, identifying the usage of plot, theme, and setting for fiction writers, learning to collect data or research for non-fiction. Attendees will learn how to obtain a copyright and ISBN numbers for their new titles. The second segment deals with finding a suitable publishing option for new authors. Differences between mainstream, self, subsidy, print on demand and other methods of print or electronic publishing will be discussed. The third segment is finding strategic methods for the new authors to promote and market their books.

There is no cost to attend the workshops as they are free. Instructional materials for purchase will be available at the workshop.

For more information, please call Charles Chatmon at (707) 235-6520, email: or AAMLO at (510) 637-0200. Email: AAMLO is located on 659 14 Street, Oakland, CA 94612 and is accessible by AC Transit or BART.

About the African American Museum & Library at Oakland
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland ( AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. Website:

About Chatmon’s Books
Founded in July 2008, Chatmon’s Books serves a diverse population in the San Francisco Bay Area’s North Bay region. Based in the city of Vallejo, California, Chatmon’s Books has been the only independent bookstore carrying new and used titles for the reading public. Website:

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

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