FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 28, 2009
Neecha R. Turner
Black Writers Reunion & Conference celebrates ten years of empowering
and inspiring Black writers
10th anniversary conference to offer an extensive range of informative seminars and hands-on
workshops for aspiring and emerging writers
Atlanta, Georgia – December 28, 2009 – Summer 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the country’s
premier writing conference for African-American professional, freelance and aspiring writers. From June
23 to 26, the Black Writers Organization will host the 6th Black Writers Reunion & Conference.
The conference features more than two dozen informative seminars and hands-on workshops on the
craft and business of writing, publishing, and self-publishing, presented by such distinguished publishing
veterans as award-winning authors Stacy Hawkins Adams (WATERCOLORED PEARLS), Sharon Ewell
Foster (PASSING BY SAMARIA), Gwynne Forster (FOOLS RUSH IN), and Renee Daniel Flagler (founder,
Self-Publishing Symposium), professors Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes (Arizona State University), Dr. Venise
Berry (University of Iowa), Dr. Angela Benson (University of Alabama), Tonya Evans, Esq. (Widener
University School of Law), and many other bestselling writers, screenwriters, editors, literary
entrepreneurs, and industry professionals.
This exceptional event gives all aspiring and professional writers the opportunity to learn from industry
insiders about writing, publishing, writing careers, and formulating a successful writing business. The
conference hosts a wide range of attendees—from beginning writers and aspiring novelists to published
authors, editors, and other publishing veterans.
As in previous years, the BWRC will include social gatherings and networking events, readings,
manuscript consultations, writing contests, critique sessions, and the Author Expo book signing event
which features up to 50 prolific African-American authors and poets. Admission to the Author Expo is
free and open to the public.
Several workshop theme tracks have been established for the 2010 conference. They include:
The Craft of Writing – writers who are interested in getting their manuscripts written will benefit from
the elements of fiction series on character development, plotting, dialogue and style, narrative and
description, point of view, scene and setting, and theme along with how to turn ideas into stories,
develop emotion, and write romantic and Christian fiction.
The Business of Publishing – renowned literary experts will lead workshops on a variety of subjects,
including what writers should know about literary law, bookkeeping for writers, crafting enticing news
releases, and self-publishing and marketing your own book.
Beyond Books – these workshops will allow writers to explore other avenues in writing and publishing,
such as public speaking, travel writing, screenwriting, playwriting, and how to profit from your poetry.
The BWRC will also offer post-conference workshops on “Writing the Non-Fiction Book” (Dr. Anita
Heiss), “Writing the Novel – Story and Structure” (Dr. Venise Berry), and “Start Your Own Editing Firm”
Pre-registration is required for all workshops and seminars. The Holiday Registration Special of $265
ends December 31, 2009. Early registration of $295 ends April 30, 2010. General registration ends
June 14. Discounted group rates of $95/night at the hosting W Atlanta Perimeter Hotel expire June 2.
For more information about Black Writers Reunion & Conference, visit www.blackwriters.org or email
conference (at) blackwriters.org.
Established in 2000, the Black Writers Reunion & Conference is well known for its engaging workshop
presenters, outstanding topics, inspirational ambience, and professional organization. While BWRC
welcomes participants of any race, BWRC is the only touring conference with the added cultural bonus
of being presented both by and for Black writers.
About the Black Writers Organization:
The Black Writers Organization’s mission is to educate, support, and empower aspiring, emerging, and
published writers. A nonprofit literary arts association, we promote and encourage artistic expression
and growth through skill development in the art, craft, and business of creative writing in fiction,
nonfiction, poetry, and drama as well as business and career endeavors in professional writing.
For more information: www.blackwriters.org.