Your Guide to Well-Read Black Girl’s First Writers’ Conference

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Back in June, I published a quick preview of what was in store for Well-Read Black Girl‘s inaugural writers’ conference, which is just around the corner: Saturday, September 9.

Elated, I wanted to spread the word here on Paperback Paris (again!) because it’s always an awesome thing to support fellow bookish communities that celebrate both the popular and unsung voices of the Black literary community. WRBG is a group that honors that very notion.

This Brooklyn-based group recognize writers of color (namely those of the African-American and Black persuasion, hence WRBG’s namesake) and send out routine newsletters, affirmations, and news to their 10,000+ readership.

Because I am in Michigan, slightly poor and running a busy blog of my own, my attendance at this year’s festival was quite improbable. Even so, I’ve been keeping up with WRBG’s Instagram, and had a beautiful reading experience with Zinzi ClemmonsWhat We Lose and, just recently, Danzy Senna‘s New People (which is in the running as my favorite of the year, and one I’m drafting a review for at the moment.)

Still, I’ll be keeping my eyes (and wallet) open for the next opportunity. God willing! *fingers crossed*

As this is the book’s first festival foray, please consider the info below as a secondary guide to the WRBG conference launching next weekend!

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The following information was provided by Well-Read Black Girl, find it here.

Can I purchase books at the festival? Absolutely! Indie community bookstore WORD Bookstore will be present at the event and joined by Rayo & Honey, a company specializing in creating exclusive pennants inspired by Black and Latino culture. And, of course, WRBG shirts, totes and more merch will be made available for purchase, too!

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Where: BRIC, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

When: Programming will commence at 1PM, although doors will open at different times depending on which ticket you purchased. For attendees who purchased a Writers’ Conference Pass via Kickstarter, be there when the doors open at 9PM and Festival Pass holders: 11AM.

IMPORTANT: The festival is sold out! Unfortunately, there will be no on-site ticket sales.

Kickstarter Reward: Kickstarter backers will get their WRBG reading list, tote bag, pin, tee at the festival. (If you donated your pass, your reward will be shipped directly to you.)

Questions? Shoot WRBG an e-mail:

Check out the full breakdown of the Program Schedule, below.


Opening Remarks from Naomi Jackson

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Fireside Chat with WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll and Tayari Jones

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Pictured: Naomi Jackson, Author of The Star Side of Bird Hill
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Writing Rituals As Self-Care: How to Maximize Your Creative Practice

Moderator: Jenna Wortham

Panelists: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Morgan Jerkins, Bassey Ikpi, Jenn Baker, and Ashley C. Ford.

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Dream Keepers curated by I, Too Arts Collective * Exclusive YA Authors Panel
Moderator: Renée Watson

Panelists: Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Jacqueline Woodson, Ibi Zoboi.

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Credit: Syreeta McFadden / Pictured: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman
4:15PM – 5:00PM

Live Podcast Taping with Am I Allowed to Like Anything? by Darian Symoné Harvin.

From Book to Screen: How the worlds of Black literature & Black filmmaking are merging. Featuring Numa Perrier and author Bernice McFadden.

4:15PM – 5:00PM

Writing IRL: Owning your truth, online and off
Moderator: Tia Williams
Panelists: Doreen St. Félix, Diamond Sharp, Evette Dionne, Nicole Blades, and Britni Danielle.

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Pictured: Morgan Jerkins, Author of the forthcoming essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing (January 2018)
5:15PM – 6:00PM

Reclaiming the Past, Empowering the Present: Writing as Political Resistance
Moderator: Jamia Wilson

Panelists: Jaqueline Woodson, Tiphanie Yanique, Bernice McFadden, Natashia Deón and LaShonda Barnett.

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Pictured: Jacqueline Woodson, Author of Another Brooklyn (Read our review.)
6:15PM – 7:00PM

SURPRISE CLOSING CONCERT presented by Rest In Beats.

Join the club: Here
See WRBG’s previous books: Here

Well-Read Black Girl in conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.

Well-Read Black Girl in conversation with Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House.

Who’s going to Well-Read Black Girl’s Writers’ Conference?

Can y’all fly me out, too?! (No seriously, have fun!!!)

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