Who is Willie Pleasants

Willie Pleasants

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Willie and I am an Author, Poet, Producer, Director, Speaker, and Cable show host.

My main goal is to read short stories and poems to encourage reading and to inspire the love of the art.

My first book of short stories and poetry, Ain’t That the Truth, opened the door giving me the confidence that I could actually write, and my second book, Make Truth a Habit, just confirmed that I had found my passion.

These books are comprised of uplifting, and thought-provoking short stories and poems about myself and my friends. The short stories will take you on a journey of true to life experiences. The poems have painted images that leaves my readers mesmerized.

I discovered the love for poetry at an early age, and my favorite poet is Langston Hughes. His words resonated within me. I came to understand how he felt during those troubled times in his life. As a woman of color, I had to endure discrimination, retaliation, lies, and limited promotions in the workplace. My writing has propelled me on a journey of reading and teaching children and adults.

I am a team leader for a Jumpstart program that helps three-to-five year old children prepare to enter kindergarten to succeed with language and literacy skills.

I created and facilitates a class called “Storytelling at Tea,” which is offered as a course for the Osher Life Learning Institute at University of Mass /Boston, Massachusetts and the south shore. I tell stories to provoke thoughts and conversations so that ideas and information can be shared.

I was so intrigued by the idea of being interviewed that I became the producer and host of my own awarding winning cable show called “Willie’s Web,” Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). I then co-hosted another show called “Authors Without Borders.” Both locations are great opportunities to promote my books as well as helping other authors and artists get known by sharing their journey to writing.  In 2013, I wrote and narrated a short film that was accepted in the Roxbury International Film Festival.

I have done extra work in major films like “Fever Pitch”, “The Proposal,” and “Here Comes the Boom.” Photo shots, commercials and a short film had been narrated by myself – Roxbury International Film Festival, Boston, MA.

I say, “Write, write, and write. Publish your work and share your stories. Someone may benefit from what you have to say.”

You can find some of my shows on YouTube and I’d be delighted to have you connect with me on Face book.

I am available for workshops and speaking engagement if you need an entertainer for your event. Email me for a quote at willieaweb@gmail.com. I have another Website: www.williepleasants.com

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Do you have a story to tell?

Willie and her book

Do you have something extremely important to talk about, especially, a book you wrote? Do you live in the Boston area?

I’m a host, producer, and director to the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN Network). My program is called “Willie’s Web.” I host many people in the area and out-of-town.

Send me an email at willieaweb@gmail.com, and tell my your story. I might be able to have you on the show if you have a story to tell.

Our website is bnnTV.org.

How Important is it to form an author group or attend their meetings?

awb members picture
From the Left to right: Alberta, Pat, Willie and Joyce

From Author Alberta Sequeira: www.albertasequeira.org
from our group Authors Without Borders: (www.authorswithoutborders.wordpress.com)

Why should a writer stand alone with problems trying to get published? When I finished my first book, I didn’t know one writer. I was nailed to the living room floor not knowing what to do with my manuscript that I had just finished.

What is a query letter? What a book proposal? How and who do I send a letter of introduction (query letter) to an agent or publisher? What do they need from me?

Questions with no answers can have you at a point of doing nothing and having your manuscript collect dust. In today’s world, the internet has answers to everything.

What is golden, in my eyes, is having other authors bounce things off each other with our problems; what to look for, what not to do, what works, what doesn’t, names and websites passed out on a link that may open doors for you, etc.

Forming or signing up to become a member of a group of writers or published authors, opens doors that were closed. You get the most important thing; support!

That is why us four authors, Pat Perry, Joyce Keller Walsh, Willie Pleasants, and myself, Alberta Sequeira, formed our group. When we were down with rejection letters, or promised a book to be made into a movie (it happened to poor Joyce twice), no welcoming arms opened from agents or publishers, someone in our group gave us hope to bounce the rejection off our shoulders and start again.

Getting published is a hard road. Lights from Hollywood do not shine upon authors too often. If you’re in the right place, at the right time, with the right person, it may happen. If you know how to write a super query letter, along with having a great story, written with that eye-opening hook, you may become famous.

Determination! Preservation! Never giving up! It’s all there. But, belonging to a group of authors, or attending meetings with them, gives you all that and more.

Visit our next “FREE” Meet and Greet event at September 29th, from 11 am to 2 pm. Authors Without Borders is partnering with the Thayer Public Library to hold a free, public Meet & Greet— for writers who are published, unpublished, aspiring, or just interested in learning more. The library is located at 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.

The Thayer Library is providing free refreshments for this meeting. To register (so the Library can estimate the amount of refreshments needed), please contact Laurie Cavanaugh, Circulation Librarian at (781) 848-0405. The library’s website is www.thayerpubliclibrary.org.