Inspiring and empowering creative writers since 2000

Welcome to the Black Writers Events website! Since our first conference fifteen years ago, Black Writers Events has wowed creative writers with our top-notch conferences, workshops and retreats.

Our conferences and workshops offer you enlightening and informative lectures with hands-on writing sessions. Our retreats are designed for both the aspiring author seeking writing time and peer feedback as well as the professional writer in need of a well-deserved getaway. They combine hands-on writing sessions with ample time to get away and relax, write alone and with the group, share your work, and interact with other writers during structured gatherings designed to enhance your creative process. Attendees always enjoy great food, readings, group outings, networking opportunities, and other activities.

Don't miss our next writers retreat

July 14-16, 2016 - Hyatt Suites Resort, Palm Springs, California

Professionally planned gatherings

Feel inspired at top-notch writing programs hosted at world-class venues

Get Connected

Connect with a community of knowledgeable, supportive writers who want to see YOU succeed

Relax and Write

Discover literary inspiration in relaxing settings at our destination retreats


Learn from professors, attorneys, bestselling authors, and other literary leaders from around the globe
From the Blog

Join Our Team

Want to be part of our event production team? Sign up to volunteer today.

Read more →

Literary Professionals

Looking for an editor, ghostwriter or coach? Peruse our Resource Network for these and other publishing freelancers and consultants.

Read more →

Hosts Wanted

Interested in being The Host and bringing our events to your city? Apply now.

Read more →

Got News?

Want to share events, contests, or innovative resources with our audience? Tell us about it!

Read more →

Did You Know?

Black Writers Events logo
Black Writers emerged in 1998 as the African-American Online Writers Guild, the first 501c3 literary arts association to organize online for Black creative writers. AAOWG grew from 39 to nearly 7,000 members in the first two years, after which the name was changed to Black Writers Alliance. Our first conference in 2000 brought together just over 200 writers from across the U.S. and kicked off a series of events which set the standard for writing conferences for writers of color. Three years later, the BWA was dissolved, but the ongoing demand prompted Black Writers Reunion & Conference to return for six more years. And now, in 2015, we bring you new programs furthering our mission to provide quality education, training, networking, and support for Black writers.