Author, Poet, Producer, Director, Speaker, and Cable show host.
Her main goal is to use her easy read short stories and poems to encourage reading and to inspire the love of the art.
Her first book of short stories and poetry, Ain’t That the Truth, opened the door to giving her the confidence that she could write, and her second book, Make Truth a Habit, just confirmed that she had found her passion. These books are comprised of uplifting, and thought-provoking short stories and poems about her and her friends true to life experiences. Her short stories will take you on a journey of true to life experiences. Her poems paint vivid images that leaves her listeners mesmerized; always asking for more.
She discovered her love for poetry at an early age. Her favorite poet is Langston Hughes. His words resonated within her. She understood how he felt during those troubled times in his life. As a woman of color, she had to endure discrimination, retaliation, lies, and limited promotions in the workplace. Her writing has propelled her on a journey of reading and teaching children and adult.
She 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 and the south shore. She tells her stories to provoke thoughts, and conversations so that ideas and information can be shared. Coming again in 2021.
She was so intrigued by the idea of being interviewed that she became the producer and host of her own awarding winning cable show called “Willie’s Web,” Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). She also co-host another show called Authors Without Borders. They are great opportunity to promote her books as well as promoting other authors and artists to share their journey. 2013 she wrote and narrated a short film that was accepted in the Roxbury International Film Festival.
She has done extra work in major films like “Fever Pitch”, “The Proposal,” and “Here Comes the Boom. Photo shots, commercials and a Short film narrated by her – Roxbury International Film Festival, Boston, MA
She says, “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 her shows on Youtube...Willie Wideman Channel and on BNNTV.ORG - "Willie's Web Show
Available for workshops and speaking engagemens. School, Library and community events.
Willie Wideman-Pleasants was just elected to the vacant spot on our Steering Committee, at the National Writers Union at the Boston Chapter. Willie is an author, poet, producer, director, speaker, and Cable TV show host. Her first book of short stories and poetry,
As a woman of color, she had to endure discrimination, retaliation, lies, and limited promotions in the workplace. Her writing has propelled her on a journey of reading and teaching children and adults. She is 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. She created and facilitates a class called "Storytelling at Tea," which is offered as a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston and the south shore.
As the Presidnet of the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library, they have just published their first anthology by THE COMMUNITY WRITES. The New Book is called, WRITE ON! WRITE ON! you can find it at the library or on Amazon
Willie's Web Video: http://guide.bnntv.org:8000/CablecastPublicSite/show/93607?channel=3 http://guide.bnntv.org:8000/CablecastPublicSite/show/91070?channel=3