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VOL 3. NO. 14 Friday, March 16 - Thursday, updated on May 9, 2001
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Write Now 2!
Conference Focuses On the African American Literary Experience
An impressive slate of over 70 local and national authors will converge on Coppin State College March 30 & 31 for Write Now 2! An African American Literary Experience. Sibanye, Inc. and the Coppin State College Department of Humanities and Media will host the two-day conference Black Issues Book Review, a national literary magazine is the conference co-sponsor, and its president and editor-in-chief, William E. Cox, will give the keynote address.

Photo by Avonie Brown, Silver Spring, Md. writer Dorothy Phaire (Almost Out of Love) will be among the participants at Write Now II. Set in contemporary Washington, D.C., Almost Out of Love is a mystery novel tinged with romance.

Write Now 2! will celebrate the written and spoken word. Participants will explore the art, discipline and process of writing and selling African-American literature. The conference will feature hands-on writing workshops for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, mystery, romance, technical and playwriting. There will also be workshops covering a wide range of topics including self-publishing, preparing your manuscript, breaking through writer's block, and financing your literary project. In addition, there will be panel discussions on marketing, inspirational writing, health and wholeness, journalism, the writings of African American male writers, and much more.

"We have something for everyone," says Robin Green-Cary, director of Sibanye and conference coordinator. "We have writers of popular fiction and non-fiction; romance and poetry; memoirs, motivational manuals and how-to guides; adult and children's literature; new authors and veterans. In addition, publishers, publicists and other literary professionals will round out our panels. This is our largest, most exciting literary undertaking thus far."

Local writers Beverley East, Finding Mr. Write, Janice Ferebee, Got It Goin' On - II and Dorothy Phaire, Almost Out of Love are just a few of the literary throng expected. Also confirmed are Marcus Major, Four Guys in Trouble, TaRessa Stovall, A Love Supreme and Sandra Kitt, Close Encounters.

If you have dreams of having your work published or you are simply an avid reader of black literature, the Write Now conference is where you need to be.

Click here for additional information about the panel discussions, workshops, schedule, authors, and registration. Write Now 2! conference bookmark this spot and we will keep you updated. The slate of authors and presenters already confirmed include:

  • Janus Adams, Sister Days
  • Kwame Alexander, Kupenda; President - BlackWords Publications
  • Vincent Alexandria, Postal Blues
  • Nicole Bailey-Williams, A Little Piece of Sky
  • Chris Benson, Special Interests
  • Peter Brooks, Coppin State College
  • Linda Joy Burke, Wordhouse Magazine
  • Adjoa Burrowes, Grandma's Purple Flowers
  • Joye Carter, My Strength Comes from Within
  • Robert Cataliotti, Coppin State College
  • Derrick Chase, poet
  • Shirley Chevalier, music industry professional
  • Charlie Cobb, Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights
  • Bernice Coles, health and wellness specialist
  • Judy Cooper, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Earl Cox, John Wiley & Sons, Writers & Poets.com
  • William Cox, Black Issues Book Review
  • Theresa Dawson, Coppin State College
  • Margaret Dureke, How to Succeed Against All Odds
  • Beverley East, Finding Mr. Write
  • Grace Edwards, Do or Die
  • Janice Ferebee, Got It Goin' On - II
  • Robert Fleming, The African-American Writers Handbook
  • Sharon Ewell Foster, AinŐt No River
  • Sara Freeman, How to Self-Publish and Market Your Own Book
  • Vee Williams Garcia, Forbidden Circles
  • Marlena Gasper, Ebony Illusions; President - Black Alchemist Press
  • Doni Glover, Urban Star Newspaper
  • Gina Green, Children's literature specialist
  • Marlon Green, Making Love in the Rain
  • Linda Dominique Grosvenor, Like Boogie on a Tuesday
  • Patricia Haley, Nobody's Perfect
  • Lisa Hammack, Ebony Eyes Book Club
  • Connie Harold, Maryland State Arts Council
  • Michael Harper, Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems
  • Reginald Harris, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Donna Hill, If I Could
  • Althea Hughes, Walking The Line
  • Sherry Jackson, Cornel West Book Club, Almost Gold Book Club
  • Kenji Jasper, Dark
  • Terrance Johnson, Shades of Black
  • Lauren Jones, Esq.
  • Patricia Jones: Passing
  • Ron Kavanaugh, Mosaic Books Literary Magazine, Mosaicbooks.com
  • Sandra Kitt, Close Encounters
  • Gerren Liles, On the Road to Damascus
  • Kay Lindsey, Educator
  • Marcus Major, Four Guys in Trouble
  • J.D. Mason, And On the Eighth Day She Rested
  • Tonya Matthews: These Hips and Other Songs to Minista to a People's Soul
  • Steven McGill, A Hurdler's Dream
  • Carrie Miller, Bibelot Book Store
  • David Miller, Urbanyouth.org
  • Mary Morrison, Soul Mates Dissipate
  • DuShawn Moses,
  • Margarel Musgrove, The Spider Weaver
  • Carmen Lashley Myers, Siedon Publications
  • Sierra & Donovan Myers, Under the Doo Rag
  • Gaye Newton, Past Presence
  • Jerdine Nolen, Big Jabe
  • Lydia Okutoro: Quiet Storm: Voices of Young Black Poets
  • Rhonda Owen-Smith, No Compromise: Encouragement for the Workplace
  • Deborah Owens, HowYourMoneyWorks.com
  • Hilda Peacock, Happy Umbrellas
  • Dorothy Phaire, Almost Out of Love
  • Crystal Phillips, The Me I Knew I Could Be
  • Tracy Price-Thompson, Black Coffee
  • Barbara Robinson: Yes, I Can
  • Odessa Rose, Water in a Broken Glass
  • Jacquese Silvas, Forwards and Backwards
  • Ralph Stevens, Coppin State College
  • TaRessa Stovall, A Love Supreme
  • Carol Taylor, Brown Sugar
  • Trisha Thomas, Nappily Ever After
  • Arlette Thomas-Fletcher, Christian Love Behavior
  • Nichelle Tramble, The Dying Ground
  • Rory Turner, Maryland State Arts Council
  • Blair Walker, Hidden in Plain View
  • Jamie Walker, 101 Ways Black Women Can Learn To Love Themselves
  • Cheryl Waters, BCP Digital Printing
  • Carl Weber, Lookin' for Luv
  • Van Whitfield, Four Guys in Suits
  • Pamela Williams-Guinn, Tangled Web
  • Rom Willis, Nice Guys and Players
  • Kimberley Lindsay Wilson, Eleven Things Your Mama Should Have Told You About Men
  • Lori Bryant Woolridge, Read Between the Lies

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