The Writer's Lounge

A Free Weekly Workshop & Podcast

No Dream Deferred Writer's Lounge hosted by Ann McQueen presents an opportunity for BIPOC writers at various stages to share a safe and encouraging space to work, all the while encouraging the growth and strengthening of writing skills among the creative community.

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"This is an amazing initiative for meeting like minded writers

as well as getting the community we all need."

- @jeremiahptimmons

Have you been hearing that your lack of willpower is the reason you aren't hitting your writing goals?

It's not you.

When given a choice, that script or story you told yourself you would write probably isn't getting done.

We, as humans, need accountability.

And that doesn't mean that you aren't motivated. It is just so much easier to push these things off until later, when we are only going to disappoint ourselves. And it is especially easy to fall into during a pandemic.

So how do we fix it?

By finding the accountability group that fits you.

When creating Writer’s Lounge, No Dream Deferred considered many factors in making this space tailored specifically to our BIPOC writer’s needs. Our weekly sessions help you save space to write and we are your accountability partners!

Now all you have to do is sign up and show up in the room where it happens, to start hitting your writing goals weekly.

Our free virtual session starts TONIGHT at 8p.m.CST/ 9p.m. EST.



About the Podcast


We are thrilled to partner with Cicada Radio to present this new project featuring the fully produced work of students in the No Dream Deferred writing workshop at @beaubourg as well as interviews with guest mentors.


Available on Spotify or wherever you get your Podcast on!

WRITER'S LOUNGE PODCAST is back with their 4th installment!
June script submission winner, Jessica Lozano, presents her short play titled "SABBY."

SABBY is a story about family.

Directed by Lauren E. Turner, and featuring Ilyanette Bernabel as Oralia, Denise Frazier as Norma and Philip Yiannopoulos as Enrique, with sound design and original music by Asher Griffith. This show is produced by Ann McQueen and Asher Griffith with production assistance from Ilyanette Bernabel.

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For the second installment of our show we are so happy to present a short piece written by the host of this show and leader of the writer’s lounge herself, Ann McQueen. St@ined is the story of two sisters with a family secret that both of them struggle to bear in very different ways. Directed by Chivas Micheal and starring Constance Thompson and Idella Johnson.

St@ined, written by Ann McQueen, is the story of two sisters with a family secret that both of them struggle to bear in very different ways. Directed by Chivas Micheal and starring Constance Thompson and Idella Johnson.

Idella Johnson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied theatre at Delgado Community College, and later went on to receive a degree in Music from Loyola University in New Orleans. She began her career as a professional actor starring in plays and musicals in and around the city of New Orleans. For her outstanding work she won three Big Easy Awards, including one for Best Actress in a Musical and two for Best Supporting Actress. She made her screen debut in The Mortician (2011), which led to other featured roles in TV and Film, recent notable credits include, Queen of the South (2019), Greyson Family Christmas (2019), and the award winning short, Blood Runs Down (2018), which earned her a Women in Horror Film Best Performance nomination. Her raw and powerful performance in Blood Runs Down lead to her role in this year's Sundance Film Festival's NEXT: Audience Award winning feature film Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) where she gives a masterful performance as the soulful jazz singer, Bertie who grapples with depression, love and loss. Be on the look out for her in Ma Belle, My Beauty premiering in select theaters August 20th, expanding nationwide August 27th.


ANDREA THORNTON BOLDEN is an Atlanta native who began her education at Hampton University. There she studied marketing on a full academic scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Even though Andrea spent her years in college building expertise in marketing, PR, advertising, and event planning, she knew her true passion lie in television.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from HU in 2009, Andrea entered Carnegie Mellon University to pursue her Masters in Entertainment Industry Management with a focus on Television Development. Upon graduating with honors in 2011, she began working at Jerry Bruckheimer Films as an Office Coordinator. She was later hired by the TV Department to assist KristieAnne Reed, EVP of TV Development.

Andrea probably would have continued along the executive path had she not been bitten by the writing bug. She went on to work on the Bruckheimer produced TV show, “Lucifer” as the Writers’ Assistant for Season 1 and Season 2. In December of 2016, Andrea was hired as a staff writer on “Superstition” (Syfy) and from there went on to write for “The Spanish Princess” (Starz), “Tell Me A Story” (CBS All Access/the CW), and “LA’s Finest” (Spectrum/Fox). Andrea is currently staffed on “Nancy Drew” (the CW) where she’s working on Season 3 as a Producer-level writer.

In addition to screenwriting, Andrea is also a visual artist specializing in acrylic over mixed media collage. She and her husband, Earl, live in Reseda, CA. Andrea is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


JAMES IJAMES is a playwright, performer, director and educator. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, Wilma Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Steppenwolf Theatre, Definition Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago IL) Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden.

James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he has two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play and two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play. James is a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrence McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ....Miz Martha, a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. 2019 Kesselring Prize for Kill Move Paradise and a 2020 Steinberg Award.