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Antwone Fisher  

Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter

Today we know Antwone Fisher as an award-winning screenwriter and literary writer. However, his life did not begin with such promise.

Born Antwone Quenton Fisher in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Fisher became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but when Social Services deemed the foster mother to have become too attached to him, he was placed in another home where he would suffer 12 years of abuse. Fisher survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutalities of homelessness and set on a course of healing after joining the United State Navy where he served his country for 11 years.

Fisher is now an award-winning screenwriter, author, producer, and director, having worked in Hollywood for 17 years compiling an impressive 14 writing projects or assignments with major studios.

Those projects include the feature classic Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight), which he wrote himself and which was directed by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington; the New York Times bestseller Finding Fish: A Memoir, the inspiring story of his incredible life's journey; Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?, a collection of poetry; and his most recent book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, which won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

In Fisher's moving yet humorous lectures, he shares his conviction of facing life's challenges head-on. He explains the importance of self-reliance, literacy, and building a life of consequence that improves oneself, one's community, and society at large. In unique and poignant presentations, Fisher shares the philosophy he developed over his lifetime with audiences around the country and explains how it brought him to the extraordinary success he enjoys today.

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The Antwone Fisher Story

The world first learned of Antwone Fisher’s story of perseverance, determination, and courage film Antwone Fisher, starring Denzel Washington, and the publication of Finding Fish, his memoir of a childhood spent in foster homes. It also learned that within him beat the heart of an artist -- a major factor in his resilience and recovery. In his riveting and inspiring presentation (complete with lots of Q&A), Antwone shares how he learned to rise above his situation, how he found a family he never knew existed, and later how he went on to build a loving family of his own.

Foster Care & Adoption

While there are countless families having a positive impact on the lives of children, Antwone Fisher is very familiar with the challenges of the foster care and adoption system. From of children aging out of the foster care system to the aftermath of abuse, to parenthood and teens, Antwone addresses these issues with sensitivity, honesty and inspiration.

How To Tie a Tie: and Other Lessons For Succeeding in Life

It wasn’t until Antwone was a navy recruit that he realized this smartly dressed man had never taken the time to teach him how to be well-groomed to reflect on the outside the man he was becoming on the inside. "A boy ought to know how to tie a tie," he thought angrily, as he struggled to master the navy’s required half-Windsor knot. Filled with inspiring stories, wisdom, and practical know-how, Antwone’s presentation to young people (both male and female) helps them to develop a sense of purpose and worth, and lay a foundation for success.

The Arts

Throughout his life, Antwone has used the arts as a form of self expression to get him through his toughest times. He found his voice as an artist, and he talks about how all forms of art, from painting and drawing to dance, music, museums and other forms of culture are so vital to the growth of human character and well being.

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On Getting Started With Life: Success and Significance

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