Best-Selling Author Visits Southwest High for Black History Month | Arts & Culture
Celebrated author Tina McElroy Ansa spoke to freshmen and seniors at Southwest High School on Thursday, February 14, during an assembly commemorating Black History Month. Ansa reminisced with students about growing up in Macon, where she spent time listening to and telling stories. She said these experiences inspired her to be a writer, and she encouraged students at Southwest to sit quietly and listen to what their lives were telling them.
“Are you from a big family or small family? Are you raised by your mama, grandmama, or father? Who is taking care of you? Are you the baby of the family? Are you the oldest? What are these things telling you? What do you like to do? Do you like to read? Do you like music? Do you like to take care of people? Listen to your life and figure out what it’s telling you,” she said.
Afterward, the author led a writing workshop with seniors.
Mrs. Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher, and journalist. She is perhaps best known as the author of five novels, "Baby of the Family," "Ugly Ways," "The Hand I Fan With," "You Know Better," and "Taking After Mudear." She is currently at work on her sixth novel.