Black Lawrence Press

Creative Nonfiction Consultations with Abayomi Animashaun

During the month of July, Black Lawrence Press author Abayomi Animashaun is offering consultations on essays and full-length creative nonfiction manuscripts.

Full-length manuscripts may be up to 300 pages in length. Individual essays should be between 5 and 20 pages in length.  Manuscripts should formatted in 12 point font and double spaced. The fees as $500 for manuscripts and $40 for essays.

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is July 31. Abayomi will complete his work and respond to all program participants by August 31.

Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!

Feedback From Previous Participants

“…I want to express my deepest gratitude for [Abayo’s] lovely and insightful comments on my essay…[his] careful reading, [his] gentle inquiries and suggestions, allowed me to make the essay stronger in all the right ways.” –Joey G.

“…I found [Abayo’s] advice very useful. [He] provided clear and concise ideas about what is working well in pieces and gave me lots of wonderful ideas for areas of improvement. I look forward to jumping into some revision and writing more…” –Colleen W.

“[I] thank [Abayo] for the helpful and inspiring comments. It’s such a help to have fresh, insightful eyes look critically but kindly at a long piece and comment in a way that makes the writer want to get back to wrestling in the weeds with it. [His] broad feedback was very useful, especially when backed with examples.”–Frank L.

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Statement of Purpose

Creative nonfiction, for me, provides a place where I can hold myself accountable – a place where I can unabashedly return to, map out, and almost systematically study my own biography and the landscape of my own understanding. It is a genre that allows me to question myself and my writing and allows me to approach elements that make up my imagination, hold them to the ground, and tease open their jackets to better learn the “how” and “why”, the “where from”, and the “how long” of their make-up.

Given its fluid form, I approach creative non-fiction with the same inclusive sensitivity I bring to poetry. I understand that approaches to it are infinite and the themes explored within it are myriad. Because of this, I try to listen and understand by entering a dialogue with the author. I ask myself “what is the author trying to do?”, “what issue is he/she addressing?”, and “with whom is he/she in conversation?” I pay attention to subject matter and movement of prose, narrative intent and the possibilities available to shape the piece in question to the author’s patent and/or inchoate goals.

By Abayomi Animashaun

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Upcoming Consultations

August — Full-length short story collections with Kelly Magee & Full-length poetry collections with Bettina Judd


Abayomi Animashaun

Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers from Africa and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

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