The Black Writers' Guild (BWG) of Maryland held its annual conference at Morgan State University on Saturday June 7, 2014 from 8AM - 3PM in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom. The theme for the day was 'Beyond the Writing'. The morning began with a continental breakfast and the opportunity to network with other writers and authors.
The conference featured speakers on various topics, with the keynote address being delivered by NAACP Image Award winner Sheri Booker, author of the acclaimed 'Nine Years Under'. Booker spoke to the crowd about the process of writing. Additional speakers included Terence Cooper on the Essential Secrets of the Writing Craft, Allegra Bennett on 12 Steps to Self-Publishing Success and Tonya Evans on The Legal Matters that Matter to Writers. A panel discussion on marketing and public relations followed, which featured Cherrie Woods, Kevin Wayne Johnson and was moderated by Wilma Brockington.
After remarks, there was an additional opportunity for networking and checking out the vendors' wares. Vendors on hand included LaTonya A. Thorogood for Traci Lynn Jewelry, Valerie Brice-Brooks for LegalShield and Amina Shani Gifts.
BWG was founded in 1995 because of a need for more support for Black writers in Baltimore. The goal of the BWG is to provide avenues of support and networking to Maryland's African American writers. The group became incorporated in 1997 and continues to grow each year. There is a three-prong emphasis of networking, teaching and mentoring.
The Black Writers' Guild meets every first Saturday of the month at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
The current president of the Black Writers' Guild is James Wright.
The website is www.blackwritersguild.org.