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04 January, 2009

Chronicles of a Lesser-Known Writer: Part XII - The Black Writers Reunion Conference (Great Tools For The Trade Alert!)

Hi Fam,

A minute or two has passed since I added a post to the Chronicles segment and I thought it was about time we went home again for a visit. So come on in, have a seat, and stay a while, won't you?

I've been keeping track of Black Writers Reunion Conference (BWRC) updates for a while now and it occurs to me that some of you might like to start keeping track of updates, as well. I even went so far as to throw myself on the founder's mercy in a desperate plea for more in-depth information to pass on here on the Blog-Zine, because you know I've got your back!

The BWRC is a valuable literary resource that truly offers Black writers opportunities to enrich their literary journey, enhance their craft, and network with other authors. After you check out my interview with founder Tia Ross, mosey on over to the BWRC website and find out how you can get involved.

Who founded the Black Writers Reunion Conference (BWRC), when, and why? Black Writers Reunion & Conference began August 4, 2000, when member Charene Thornton offered to organize a social gathering for members of the African American Online Writers Guild, which is a literary arts association I’d founded in 1998. I felt that members would be better served if the event offered educational and inspirational benefits, as well. Plus, Memphis Vaughan, Jr. (www.timbooktu.com) and I had been discussing doing a joint conference for several months. I invited speakers and workshop presenters, planned a 3-day program filled with lectures, workshops, an awards banquet, and networking activities, and the first BWRC was born.

What kinds of events take place at the BWRC? Workshops on the art, craft, and business of writing for expression, publication, career, and business, as well as workshops on publishing, self-publishing, marketing, public relations, web design, public speaking, and more. We also have agent/editor pitch sessions, book signings, vendor opportunities, and social and networking events.

Say I'm a new or aspiring author, how will attending the BWRC potentially benefit me? BWRC offers aspiring and new writers support, guidance, insight, motivation, and information they can use to take their careers and skills to the next level.

Does the BWRC sponsor or participate in any other literary programs or events throughout the year? We have co-sponsored a number of events around the country over the years, but none recently; however, we are very much looking forward to doing so again soon.

Tell us a little about the upcoming June 2009 BWRC. The next BWRC will be held June 18-19, 2009, at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas , in the heart of the Fremont District and only five minutes from the tip of the famous Las Vegas Strip. The program will include workshops and seminars by Venice Berry, Gwynne Forster, Jewell Parker Rhodes, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, William R. Patterson, Vincent Alexandria, and N. Kali Mincy, to name a few. The workshops will cover topics related to the elements of writing and selling fiction and nonfiction. We’ll offer workshops on editing, grant writing, technical writing, spoken word poetry, e-publishing/POD, blogging, collaborative/group writing, and website design. Plus, ReShonda Tate Billingsley will be presenting a free crash course on Thur., June 18th, on how to write a book and get published, which will be open to the public. Registration is offered both online and by mail, and registration will be required in advance for all activities. We’ll be offering a limited number of scholarships to single parents and students, as well as writing contests for conference registrants.

Do you offer writers any other literary services? Discounted manuscript critiquing services are offered to registrants. There’s also a list on the site of several professionals we endorse who offer book doctoring/development and editing services.

How and where can we learn more about the BWRC? Visit our website at www.blackwriters.org.

Tia Ross is the founder, director, and producer of the Black Writers Reunion Conference. Learn more about her at www.tiaross.com.


Well, there you have it, folks. You heard the lady - visit the BWRC website!!

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