2022 Black Writers



Day 1: Friday, August 5, 2022


The Harlequin You Don’t Know

Lunchtime- 12-1 PM EST Virtual Panel w/Harlequin

There's a lot more to Harlequin than romance. Harlequin has seven trade fiction imprints that are always looking for talented writers. Learn more about these imprints and their publishing process.

Tamika Newhouse, Black Writers Weekend Director


  • Erika Imranyi, Editorial Director for Park Row Books
  • Carole Dunsmore, Manager of Author Communications and Events with Harlequin
  • Cat Clyne, Editor for HQN Books and Graydon House Books
  • Randy Chan, Senior Marketing Manager, Harlequin

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Cre8tiveCon Sessions | 10-5PM

Location: Auburn Ave. Library - 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Instructor: Omar Landery, Attorney

11 AM- Masterclass

Law 101 for Creatives w/ The Landery Law 

Is your creative work legally protected? Have you been given a contract to sign and no clue what it entitles you to? Can you confirm that you’ve been appropriately paid for your creative genius? Dive into understanding contracts, copyrights, and the best legal route for your growing brand.

Moderator: Brittany Miller

11:30 AM- Roundtable

Girl Take Care of You Panel


  • Sierrah Chavis
  • Mel Chante
  • Denise Kelley
  • Danielle Latrice
w/ Phoenix Williams powered by Ingram Books

12 PM- Masterclass

Let’s Talk About Publishing
In this class, you will learn step-by-step instructions on writing, marketing, and publishing your book in less than four months. Taught by a bestselling author whose last several bestsellers were written in less than a month, this masterclass will make sure you're prepared to release your next book within the next few months.

w/Tia Williams w/ Brittani Krystin

12:30 PM- Masterclass

I Am Creative Artists Talk

Tia Williams is an American novelist and editor. She has published six books and is best known for The Accidental Diva, The Perfect Find, and Seven Days in June. She is also a long-time fashion editor and the current editorial director for the Estée Lauder Companies.

Moderator: J. “JC” Carrington

1:15 PM Movie Screening

Meet Bobby Hutley is a director, producer, writer, and editor who began his journey as a filmmaker at the age of ten years old. Upon seeing his knack for storytelling, his teachers began to encourage him to submit short films and mini-docs instead of written assignments.


Instructor: Ardre Orie

1:30 PM Masterclass

Discover everything you need to know about ghostwriting 

Moderator: Clarence Miller

2:15 PM Access to Hollywood Panel

For many years Hollywood has been a portal for artists to share their stories and as black creators, having access to Hollywood is our gateway to inspire many with our anecdotes. This truly will allow us to control our narrative, how others view us, and how we view ourselves. This conversation expresses the evolution of Hollywood and the black community


  • Booker T. Mattison -Producer/Writer
  • Maggie Bush - Writer
  • Cas Sigers
  • Oluwaseun Babalola
Moderator: Brittany Miller

3 PM Get Scene! A Publicist a Roundtable Talk

Join publicists and social media influencers for a roundtable about being a Black publicist in the industry and how aspiring talent can benefit from having a publicist.


  • Sarah Busby
  • Jonell Whitt 
  • Talia Oliver
  • Ali Roc
Instructor: Nina Fox

3:30 PM Workshop

Adapting Your Story for Stage: Considerations for Theatre


Audio Storytelling Stage 11-4 PM


Party Urban Book Bash 6-10 PM

Locations: Atlantucky - 170 Northside Dr SW suite 96, Atlanta, GA 30313

Terry McMillan tribute | waiting to exhale soundtrack and book swap

Day 2: Saturday, August 6, 2022


Creative Hub | 11-5PM

Location: Krucial Kuts

Moderator: Talib Jasir

1 PM His Story Live Podcast Talk

We explore their place in society and how they use creativity as a vehicle to express their experiences.

In recent years, Female/Women Empowerment movements have created an environment where Black men are often excluded, leaving their voices in the distance when their voices are just as important. An in-depth discussion amplifying the voices of Black Men as they share how they use their creativity as a vehicle to express their experiences in an ever-changing and often polarizing society.

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  • Walt Gainer
  • Julian Smart-Rimple
  • Media Prince
  • Clarence Miller

2 PM | She Writes


  • Karen E Osborne
  • Kendra Hall
  • Destiny Payton
Instructor: Talia Oliver

4 PM | Masterclass

I Am Creative artists talk with Wahida Clark


Lit Crawl Talks @ Parlor Den | 1-6PM


Parlor Den - 249-A Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Moderator: Nikesha Elise Williams

1 PM | Say Her Name Panel

This conversation is about healing through our stories. Taking the recent years of police brutality and civil unrest in 2020, we dive into the Black Women’s experience of how we can heal through creative self-expression.


  • Ni’cola Mitchell
  • Wendy Torres
  • Nikki Murphy
  • Nina Fox
Moderator: Christal Jordan

2 PM | Books That Make You Go OOOOO Panel

This conversation is dedicated to romance writers as we highlight their stories and discuss their take on the image of Black love in Black Literature.


  • Denny S. Bryce
  • Nina Fox
  • Tia Williams
  • Jacqueline Stewart
Moderator: Symphony Thompson

3 PM | Artists Talk

Creative artists talk with Kimberly Jones

An in-depth conversation live about Kimberly Jones's journey in her creative exploration in the production and film industries. Discussing how she handles the ins and outs of almost every aspect in both industries; from writing to producing, and even budgeting. Inspired by her passion for storytelling, Kimberly Jones shares her expertise during this live in-person masterclass.   

Moderator: Symphony Thompson

4 PM | Artist Talk

Creative artists talk with Darlene McCoy 

Darlene Jenise "McCoy" Johnson, is an American gospel singer, songwriter, author, radio personality, and Christian R&B recording artist. She started her music career, in 2005, with the release of Fallen in Love single by EMI Gospel


5 PM | Podcast Listening Party & artists talk

Traces of Mika is a podcast designed for Black girls who Dare to Dream. Season 1 of Traces of Mika was like a mini roller coaster — ups, downs, and all-arounds. You don't quite know what to expect even though you know what to expect. Much like getting on a rollercoaster — you know what you're getting on


6pm | We Are Lit | Rooftop Party @Neyows

Day 3: Sunday, August 7, 2022


530PM | AAMBC Literary Awards