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YVONNE J. MEDLEY

 

 

    Yvonne J. Medley is an author, features writer and photographer, currently concentrating on the sequel to her debut novel, God in Wingtip Shoes (April, 2012, Urban Books/Kensington) and on her latest novel, Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine (July, 2013, Urban Books/Kensington). It’s the prequel to God in Wingtip Shoes. She is also completing her upcoming collection of novellas and novel-lattes, titled Two Old White Ladies in Africa: and Other Life Journeys and her screenplay, titled, Journey to Nowhere.

 

    Medley has worked on staff at The Washington Times and freelanced for several publications, such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, Gospel Today Magazine, A Time to Love Magazine and other national/local publications.  Medley garnered recognition for controversial pieces on racism and the church, and the psychology of sexually abusive clergy.  Her work was cited in online encyclopedias and reference links. News stories have been published about Medley’s contributions.

 

     Medley travels the country, interviewing and writing about intriguing personalities as well as every day heroes, proving that everyone has a riveting and beneficial story to tell.  One only needs to make a quality effort to unearth it. As an author, she is also invited to book clubs, nationally; and invited to participate in Author events, such as the Writers Live! Series, held at the Enoch Pratt free Library in Baltimore.

 

     She conducts her Life Journeys Writing Workshops, designed to empower/encourage incarcerated men and women as well as youth and adults, and fellow writers within the general population.  Some of these workshops have been supported by the Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland: One Book program. Medley is the founder of The Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. (LJWC)/Life Journeys Writers Guild (DBA), a nonprofit, serving writers in Southern Maryland and beyond. She also teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) and ABE (Adult Basic Education) adult learners.
 
    Medley is a Point of Change Jail & Street Ministry, Inc. volunteer, dedicated to uplift/impact the lives of incarcerated men and women, their families, and provide aftercare support and life skills. For her volunteer efforts, she received the 2012 Drum Major for Service Award from The White House.

 

    Medley conducted Life Journeys Writing Workshops for The Maryland Writers’ Association’s 22nd Annual Writers’ Conference, the State of Maryland’s Big Read, featuring Ray Bradbury’s science fiction masterpiece Fahrenheit 451 (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts), and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture as well as for various educational programs and churches.  Under the Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc., the umbrella for the Life Journeys Writers Guild (DBA), Medley also conducts intense writing workshops, titled Write on Wednesdays—with a Twist! and Write on Saturdays—with a Twist!

 

     Medley’s available offerings include: God in Wingtip Shoes, a novel; Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine, a novel; The Prison Plumb Line, a novella;  —The Prison Plumb Line, lyricial drama —a stage play adapted from the novella; and her Novel-Lattes, titled, The Number Hole and The Counselors. Medley is a wife and mother of four, and lives in Southern Maryland. To contact her, also click on www.lifejourneyswritersguild.org