Willona M. Sloan has published non-fiction, fiction and poetry in numerous publications, including BlazeVOX, DCist, Fresh Cup, Paste and The Rumpus.
Willona received two Artist Fellowship awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and artist residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; Sparkbox Studio in Ontario, Canada; and the Gröndalshús Writer’s Home in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is an alum of the VONA and Hurston/Wright writing workshops.
Willona provides services as a strategic storyteller, content writer and editor. She works with clients to develop content that conveys their mission, values and impact. Learn more about her services here.
Willona teaches creative and professional writing workshops and leads literary-focused networking events. She also founded the Write.Drink.Read. series of happy writing hours. She has taught workshops in the Washington, DC, area at the Writer’s Center and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She led workshops in partnership with The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature at the 2015 Reykjavík International Literary Festival. In addition, she has led virtual workshops with students in Serbia and Belgium.
She released the e-pub Come to Our Show: Punk Show Flyers from D.C. to Down Under (2012) and Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture (2019).
Willona earned a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Literature from American University.