Volume 7 · Issue 8
BLACK WRITERS REUNION & CONFERENCE 2012
August 29-31, 2012
WRITE TIME BLACK WRITERS RETREAT
September 1-3, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
IN THIS ISSUE
- BWRC Workshop Pre-Registration Begins 7/25
- Reserve Your Hotel Room By Sunday, 7/29
- BWRC 2012 Advance Registration Ends 8/19
- BWRC 2012 on Video
- Register Now for Angela Benson’s Fiction Writing Crash Course
- #BWRC2012 Twitter Contest – Ballot Opens
- Spotlight on Dr. Linda Beed
- 2012 to be Final BWRC
- Southern Girl Productions presents…
- BWRC eShop – MP3s, CDs, Totes & Tees
BWRC Workshop Pre-Registration Begins 7/25
Pre-registration for BWRC 2012 will begin on July 25. The URL will be
emailed to all registered attendees on July 24. If you are registered
and do not receive the email, please contact us with your correct email
address as several emails have bounced on previous mailings.
*Note re STAGING THE PAGE playwriting workshop: The first three
people to preregister for the STAGING THE PAGE workshop can submit
up to 10 pages from their manuscript/book and workshop instructor
Jeanette Hill will adapt it into a stage play formatted script that can be
used for promotions, staged readings, book trailer or video. Upon
notification of your registration, Jeanette will email you the required
information for the adaption.
Reserve Your Hotel Room By Sunday, 7/29
Our $129/night group rate at the Westin will expire this Sunday, July
29. Although our block is full, you may still secure a room. Email us by
Friday, July 27, at registration (at) blackwriters.org with the dates you
will be needing accommodations, and preferred room type, and we will
assist you with securing a hotel reservation at our group rate for all
nights of your stay.
If our contact at the Westin is unreachable on Friday, you may contact Westin
reservations directly and secure your reservation outside of the block no later
than Sunday, July 29, and she will move your reservation to our block and flag
it for the reduced rate when she returns to the office the week of July 30.
BWRC 2012 Advance Registration Ends 8/19
BWRC offers various registration options, including full conference,
Thursday-only, Friday-only, and individual workshop walk-up
registration. See Registration (http://blackwriters.org/registration/)
to register. Advance registration ends August 19. Full conference
walk-up registration will not be available.
BWRC 2012 on Video
Select BWRC 2012 sessions will be made available by video after this
year’s conference. If you are unable to attend but have a question you
would like posed to a presenter of a specific session, you may email
your questions in advance and have them answered during the session IF
your question is not answered during the presentation. Additional
information will be forthcoming within the next few weeks.
Register Now for Angela Benson’s Fiction Writing Crash Course
For those new to the craft who aren’t prepared to commit to two full
days of writing and publishing education, bestselling, award-winning
author and professor Dr. Angela Benson offers Telling Your Tale, a
one-hour workshop on how to write and publish your book, Wednesday
evening, August 29 at the African-American Research Library & Cultural
Center in Fort Lauderdale. Admission: $10.
#BWRC2012 Twitter Contest – Ballot Opens
The #BWRC2012 Twitter contest is in full swing. Semi-finalists have been
selected for the one-day pass entries. Voting begins today, July 23, and
ends Friday, July 27. To vote, simply visit our Ballot. Select your favorite
tweets to help us choose the winners of the day pass.
If you are a semi-finalist, please send us your full name, email
address, and the day you would like to attend. Winners will be notified
by Friday, July 27.
Contestants located in and around the Fort Lauderdale area submitting
tweets for individual workshops have a separate deadline of August 21
to enter. Write a short tweet, including our #BWRC2012 hashtag, on why
you want to attend a particular BWRC workshop. The winning tweeters
will be granted free admission to a favorite session.
Enter as many times as you wish. Every tweet counts.
Have fun! And good luck!
Spotlight on Dr. Linda Beed
BWRC shines the spotlight on dual workshop facilitator, Dr. Linda Beed.
Dr. Beed will be presenting Investment Writing and M.A.D. Writing
(Making a Difference With Your Writing) at the 2012 Black Writers
Reunion & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.
What would you like attendees to know about you, your background,
strengths, or interests that are not included in your bio?
What I’d like people to know about me is that I care enough to reach
out to others. As an independent publisher I learned fast that there is
strength in support and shared knowledge. I have a passion for the
written, spoken and performing arts. Embracing creative ways to take
the word to the masses, I believe is the responsibility of those
entrusted with the gift.
How did you get started writing/publishing/etc.?
I’ve always written, but my first step toward publication came after I
entered a short story contest. My decision to independently publish
came after I saw what publishers wanted to turn my story into.
What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a writers’
Take the time to acknowledge your needs and your wants. From the course
catalog select a balance of courses that will meet both needs. I also
suggest that attendees come with an expectation of learning, sharing
and connecting with literary professionals who have their best interest
in mind. And of course, plan to have fun.
If 2012 will not be your first, what was your first experience with
My first experience with the BWRC elevated my expectations in what a
writer’s conference can be.
What keeps you coming back to BWRC?
I return to the BWRC because of its continuing education value for
beginning and seasoned authors.
What do you believe separates BWRC from other writers’ conferences?
In my opinion what separates the BWRC from other conferences is its
focus upon the needs of the attendees rather than that of featured
For more from Dr. Beed, visit http://blackwriters.org/spotlight-on-dr-linda-beed
BWRC eShop – MP3s, CDs, Totes & Tees
BWRC eShop offers BWRC CD-ROMs, tote bags, and logo t-shirts. Workshop
audio on 16 sessions covering a wide variety of topics by BWRC speakers
is also available for MP3 download at $1.19 each.
2012 to be Final BWRC
The 2012 BWRC will be Director Tia Ross’ seventh and last year as
organizer of the acclaimed Black Writers Reunion & Conference. She
recently announced her resignation and the reasons behind the decision.
Southern Girl Productions Presents…
After 12 years and seven conferences, the Black Writers Reunion &
Conference will host one final conference in Fort Lauderdale this
August. Southern Girl Productions is producing a documentary offers
a behind-the-scenes view of this inspirational event plus authors
sharing their stories of successes and failures in the publishing
industry. The documentary profiles:
The VETERANS – Authors who have published 25 or more books and/or
have been in the publishing game more than 10 years.
The HUSTLERS – Authors of 1-5 books who are in the thick of hoping
that their books will launch them into success while trying to
find the balance of working a professional job and launch a book career.
The NEWBIES — Unpublished authors working on getting their first
books into print.
Watch Blackwriters.org for the trailer to be released next week.
********************************* About BWRC ************************************
Empowering Black Writers
Established in 2000, the Black Writers Reunion & Conference is well
known for its engaging workshop presenters, outstanding topics,
inspirational ambience, and professional organization. BWRC’s mission
is to educate, support, and motivate aspiring, emerging, and published
writers. 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. While BWRC does not
discriminate against participants of any race, BWRC is the only touring
conference with the added cultural bonus of being presented both by and
for Black writers.
Your interest in Black Writers Reunion & Conference is appreciated! Hope to
see you in August!
Black Writers Reunion & Conference