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Our Mentors

Taj McCoy
Taj McCoy is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Adult
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Taj McCoy
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Oakland native and law grad, Taj McCoy, is committed to writing stories championing Black and biracial women of color, plus-sized protagonists, Black love, and characters with a strong sense of sisterhood and familial bonds. Taj started writing as a small child, enjoying the success of her first publications in elementary school. Since then, her dream has always been to become a professional writer. As a law student, she attempted her first novels and joined the Twitter writing community. Though Taj has spent more than ten years working in higher education administration, she continued to pursue her goal and ultimately finished her first novel in 2018, securing her agent in 2019.

When she’s not writing, Taj may be on Twitter boosting other marginalized writers, trying to zen out in yoga, sharing recipes on her website, binge-watching her favorite reality tv, or cooking private supper club meals for close friends. Catch her producing and co-hosting the Fat Like Me Podcast, which celebrates body diversity in publishing and entertainment, or watch her join forces with several writer friends on Sundays for the Better Than Brunch video podcast.

Veronica Park
Fuse Literary

Favorite Books

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Milk in My Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickey
The Write Escape by Charish Reid
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Years Mentored