2023 Black Writers



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Day 1: Thursday, August 3, 2023

Check-In | Lit Diaries

Film Day

Pitch Fest | Film Day

📍Lit Diaries | 2057 Main St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

4:00 PM - Pitch Fest


  • Chatejah George, C&C Studios
  • Kimberly Jones, Warner Media
  • Tyrell Crawford
  • Brandi Stevens
  • Sean Charles

7:00 PM - Panel | Behind the Lens: Uncovering the Needs and Wants of Filmmakers


  • Tyrell Crawford
  • Brandi Stevens
  • Chatejah George
  • Armelia Cartier
  • Sean Charles


  • Katrina "T' Marie" Curtis

8:00 PM - Industry Mixer

*Must be a pass holder

Day 2: Friday, August 4, 2023

Check-In | Auburn Ave. Research Library

Day 2

Pitch Fest | Book Day

11:00 AM -5:00 PM

Dedicated to manuscripts, pitch your story to a panel of professionals and publishers.

*Must be a pass holder


Cre8tiveCon Sessions | 10-5PM

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

Presenter : Tamika Newhouse

Orientation | 9:30 AM

Presented by Amazon's KDP

10:00 AM | Panel

"From Writer to Publisher: Black Authors Thriving with KDP in Today's Market"

Writers delve into the strategies and techniques they have used to effectively market and promote their stories on KDP. Hear their techniques for gaining visibility, engaging readers, and expanding their reach through KDP's publishing and marketing features.

Moderator: Brittani Krystin


Phoenix Williams
Myrna Gayle
Bernette Sherman

Location: Auditorium

Presented by the Authors Guild

11:00 AM | Masterclass

Don’t let your excitement over a book deal lead you to agree to terms that are less than ideal. Authors Guild General Counsel Cheryl Davis will guide you through the most important terms to negotiate when considering a traditional publishing contract, focusing on critical provisions and perils to avoid.  The rights, money and warranty and indemnity provisions will be discussed in depth and attendees will have a chance to ask questions.

Teacher: Cheryl Davis

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Classroom 1

Teacher: Lay'Na Anderson

11: 30 AM | Workshop

  • Branding for Visual Artists

Unlock the secrets of branding in the art world through an exclusive masterclass designed specifically for painters. Elevate your artistic career by gaining invaluable insights into building a personal brand that resonates with your unique style and amplifies your impact as a visual storyteller.

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Classroom 2

Moderator: Kyerra Weldon

12:00 PM | Panel

Title: My Project is out, Now What?

Description: Gain indispensable guidance at from seasoned professionals who unveil strategies and resources to navigate the post-release landscape, ensuring your creative endeavors receive the attention and success they deserve. Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the secrets of effectively promoting and maximizing the impact of your projects.


Tianna Faulkner
Lynette Edwards
Viesha "Vi" Andrews 
Lizette London

Location: Auditorium

Instructor: LaShawn Davis

12:30 PM | The Art of Balance: Wellness Strategies for the Constantly Creative


In the dynamic whirlwind of the creative mind, finding balance can be a challenge. "The Art of Balance: Wellness Strategies for the Constantly Creative" offers insights for creatives who are caught in the constant ebb and flow of ideas. This lively discussion will provide practical tools and strategies for maintaining wellness while keeping the creative fires blazing brightly.

Location: Classroom 1

1:o0 PM | Lunch

Moderator: Brittani Krystin

1:30 PM | "The Writer's Blueprint"


"Unlocking Opportunities in Today's Publishing Market for Black Authors"

Industry experts will share invaluable insights and strategies to navigate and thrive in the dynamic landscape of the publishing industry. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the current market trends, discover effective promotional tactics, and learn how to amplify your voice and presence as a black author in the literary world.


Angela DeCaires
Ardre Orie
Sheri Simmons

Location: Auditorium

Instructor: Phoenix Williams

2:00 PM | Write, Market, & Publish In Four Months Or Less


 A detailed plan on how to write, market, and publish in four months or less

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Classroom 2

Speaker: LaJill Hunt

2:30 PM | Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film, Entertainment and Nightlife presents: A Live Masterclass


A captivating Masterclass with LaJill Hunt, as she unveils the secrets behind mastering her extraordinary career in publishing and now in film and television. 

Location: Auditorium

Presenter: Angela DeCaires, CEO, BookLogix

3:00 PM | Masterclass

Sales-Boosting Authorship: Mastering Publishing Industry Tips and Tricks to Craft Books that Sell Presented by Book Logix

Join BookLogix for this immersive masterclass, "Sales-Boosting Authorship: Mastering Publishing Industry Tips and Tricks to Craft Books that Sell," led by CEO Angela DeCaires. Delve into learning the best industry practices to elevate your book, and its sales, throughout the publishing journey, gaining insights into editing, impactful cover design, and enhancing overall presentation and marketability. Navigate publishing, printing, distribution, and selling and marketing strategies. By the end of this masterclass, you’ll be equipped with a well-rounded understanding of the best industry practices for publishing a book with a better chance for sales success

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Classroom 1

Presenter: Eboni Rafus-Brenning, Penguin-Random House

3:30 PM | Workshop

Creative Careers workshop with Penguin Random House

Join our Creative Careers workshop with Penguin Random House and unlock the secrets to thriving in the dynamic world of publishing and literary arts. Discover new pathways to success, gain insights from industry experts, and nurture your creative passions to forge a rewarding career in the realm of words and imagination.

Location: Classroom 2

Moderator: Karisma Ray

4:00 PM | Her Story


Description: A discussion on empowering Black writers in their creative journeys. Discover strategies, insights, and tangible tips to monetize your writing, build sustainable careers, and break barriers. Unlocking revenue streams, sponsorships, and collaborations. Effective strategies to increase visibility and attract a wider audience.


Dr. Nicole Odom-Hardnett
Candace Doby
Love Nafi
Brenda Moorer
Location: Auditorium
Teacher: Gia Compton

4:30 PM Workshop

Fair Use: Inspiration vs. Conversion

Participants will  learn about the law that  guides courts in ruling on fair use. Participants will gain knowledge to help them make thoughtful decisions about use of intellectual property and considering the use of their intellectual property by others.

Agreements For Creatives

Participants will learn about agreement forms that are commonly used and their intended purpose.

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Classroom 1

Locations: Reverb Hotel | 89 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

We Are Lit Social | 6-10 PM

Day 3: Saturday, August 5, 2023

Children's Stage

Lit Diaries | 2057 Main St. NW, Atlanta, Ga 30318

Moderator: Fefe Handy

1 PM | "Pages of Strength"


Building Resilience and Empowering Young Minds: Explore how literature can empower young readers to overcome challenges, build resilience, and develop a positive self-image.


Hugh D. Hunter
Breanna McDaniel
Julian Winters
Connie Morrison

2:30 PM Author Reading

J. Dillard, Author of "J.D. and the Hair Show Showdow"

3:00 PM | Author Reading

H.D. Hunter, Author of "Futureland: Battle for the Park"

3:30 PM | Author Reading

Antionette Mutcherson, Author of "My Young Life Matters II Poetic Injustice"

4:00 PM | Author Reading

 Marietta Collins, Author of "Something Happened to Our Planet"

Check-In | Reverb Hotel

Lit Crawl Events

Brooklyn Tea + Smokey Stallion

Book Signings | 11 AM -5 PM

Meet dozens of authors who are eager to meet and share their books with you.

Storytelling Stage

Peter Street Station

Creative Talks

*Must be a pass holder

Moderator: Walt Gainer

1:00 PM | His Story


Delve into the untold narratives and explore the power of representation at the captivating panel, "His Story," during the Black Writers Weekend, where influential male authors will shed light on their unique experiences, challenge stereotypes, and ignite conversations about the diverse perspectives within the black male literary landscape. Join us for an inspiring dialogue that celebrates the richness of "his story" and the transformative impact of black male voices in literature.


Jay Styles
A. R. Shaw
Keith Brown
Terrance Hutchinson

Instructor: Christal Jordan

2:15 PM | Dear Alpha Female: Take a break sis and show yourself some LUV


Workshop dedicated to career and professional women needing balance. Wear your yoga or work out gear and and prepare for an interactive conversation on learning to create balance in life in order to achieve overall health & wellness.

Moderator: Walt Gainer

3:15 PM | I Am Creative Live Masterclass with Sidik Fofana

An inspiring live masterclass with Sidik Fofana, where he will ignite your creative spirit and delve into his perspective on storytelling, offering invaluable insights and practical techniques to unleash your creative potential.

Moderator: Candace Holyfield-Parker

4:00 PM | Girl, Tell Your Story


An inspiring panel that showcases powerful women sharing their experiences through the art of storytelling. These remarkable individuals weave narratives of resilience, triumph, and empowerment, inspiring us all to embrace our own stories and find our voices.


Ashley Silva
Denise Essex
Antionette Mutcherson

Locations: Reverb Hotel | 89 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

7:00 PM | #WeAreAAMBC Anniversary Party


A social gathering celebrating the history of AAMBC and it's impact on Black Literature.

The Art House

Atlantucky | 170 Northside Dr SW suite 96, Atlanta, GA 30313

Artist Talks + Performances

*Must be a pass holder

12:00 PM | More Than Rhyming

Unlock the secrets to transforming your passion for poetry into a sustainable career at the engaging panel, "More Than Rhyming. Join successful poets, industry experts, and literary entrepreneurs as they share invaluable insights and practical strategies on monetizing your craft, establishing a personal brand, and navigating the path to becoming a profitable poet.


Dhayana Alejandrina
Maya Lawrence
Sunna'Le the Jill


1:15 PM | Different Strokes


Immerse yourself in a vibrant fusion of artistic perspectives at the captivating panel, "Different Strokes," during the Black Writers Weekend. Join a diverse lineup of painters and visual artists as they share their invaluable creative techniques and branding insights, offering a kaleidoscope of inspiration for aspiring artists seeking to amplify their artistic voice and leave an indelible mark on the world.


Najee Reese
Layna Anderson
James Jefferies
Lymaira Agosto

2:00 PM | Spoken Word

3:00 PM | Musical Performances

Moderator: Tamika Newhouse

4:00 PM | I Am Creative with latruth

An engaging conversation where the renowned artist and influencer, LaTruth, reveals the secrets behind his mastery of creativity. Delve into his inspiring journey as he shares insights, techniques, and personal anecdotes, igniting your own creative spark along the way."

Creative Writing Stage

Bookstore Gallery | 461 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA

Instructor: Aries Jordan

12: 00 PM | Tell Your Story


Embark on a transformative writing journey guided by the acclaimed Aries Jordan in an immersive workshop, where you'll harness the power of words, unlock your storytelling prowess, and cultivate the art of crafting compelling narratives.

Moderator: Tina Charisma

1: 00 PM | I Am Creative with Christine Platt

Experience the captivating synergy as Tina Charisma engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Christine Platt, exploring literature, activism, and the transformative power of storytelling at its finest.


3: 00 PM | Flow with Words

Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of written and flow, a captivating class dedicated to freestyle writing where you'll unleash your creative expression, explore the rhythm of words, and discover the transformative power of spontaneous storytelling.

Game Time

4: 00 PM | Karaoke + Book Trivia

Immerse yourself in a unique literary experience at the Book-To-Film Karaoke and Classic Book Trivia session, where participants will channel their favorite characters, sing literary-inspired tunes, and put their bookish knowledge to the test in a lively trivia game that celebrates the magic of storytelling across mediums. Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, laughter, and friendly competition, blending the worlds of literature and cinema in a truly memorable way.

Filmmakers Stage

Comedy Hype Studios | 235 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Movie Screenings + Artist Talks

*Must be a pass holder

Film Fest

11: 00 AM | Live Table Read

Enjoy a live table read of the script "Gated Communities”

Film Fest

12: 00 PM | Film Screening

How to Deal With FAME” + " Little Drummer Boy "

Moderator: Kierra Wagstaff

1: 00 PM| I Am Creative with Dolapo’s

Discover the captivating story behind his creative journey, as he imparts wisdom, strategies, and artistic techniques, inspiring you to unlock your own boundless creative potential."

Moderator: Kierra Wagstaff

2: 00 PM | Behind the Scenes: Stories and Strategies from Successful Black Filmmakers"


Gain exclusive access to the untold stories, insider perspectives, and invaluable strategies of highly accomplished Black filmmakers as they take you on a captivating journey through the panel, "Behind the Scenes: Stories and Strategies from Successful Black Filmmakers." Prepare to be inspired, informed, and empowered by their experiences and expertise, as they share their unique insights on navigating the industry, overcoming challenges, and creating impactful cinema that resonates with diverse audiences.


Kar Logan
Ryan Richmond
Marquelle Young
Leslie Black

Film Screenings

3: 00 PM | Film Screenings

To Get By”, “ Captain’s Corner, & "7 Minutes of Heaven"

Day 4: Sunday, August 6, 2023

Check-In | Riverside Epic Center

*Must be a pass holder

Location: Riverside Epic Center,  135 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168

530PM | AAMBC Literary Awards