Virtual Craft Happy Hour with Donna Hemans

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TWC presents a FREE VIDEO CHAT about the craft of writing!

We’re joined by novelist Donna Hemans (Tea by the Sea) to talk about her new novel, writing long-form fiction, and more. Donna will be in conversation with Zach Powers, novelist and Director of Communications at The Writer’s Center.

FREE and open to the public, all times Eastern. Limited space.

RSVP below, and you’ll receive an email on or before August 20 with instructions for joining the chat via our video conferencing platform, Zoom.

We encourage you to order a copy of the book directly from Red Hen Press or from your local, independent bookseller.


Donna HemansJamaican-born Donna Hemans is the author of the novel River Woman, winner of the 2003-4 Towson University Prize for Literature. Tea by the Sea, for which she won the Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature, is her second novel.

Her short fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 BrooklynThe Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, and the anthology Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad, among others. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and an MFA from American University. She lives in Maryland, and is also the owner of DC Writers Room, a co-working studio for writers based in Washington DC.

About Tea by the Sea

From Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica, Tea by the Sea traces a mother’s circuitous route to finding the daughter taken from her at birth.

A seventeen-year-old taken from her mother at birth, an Episcopal priest with a daughter whose face he cannot bear to see, a mother weary of searching for her lost child: Tea by the Sea is their story—that of a family uniting and unraveling. To find the daughter taken from her, Plum Valentine must find the child’s father who walked out of a hospital with the day-old baby girl without explanation. Seventeen years later, weary of her unfruitful search, Plum sees an article in a community newspaper with a photo of the man for whom she has spent half her life searching. He has become an Episcopal priest. Her plan: confront him and walk away with the daughter he took from her. From Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica, Tea by the Sea traces Plum’s circuitous route to finding her daughter and how Plum’s and the priest’s love came apart.

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