Kweli’s spring conference is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous and POC writers and illustrators to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. *This conference is open exclusively to children’s book writers and illustrators who meet this criteria.
Publishing in Color conferences foster relationships between writers from under-represented groups and representatives from the spiritual publishing industry. Several acquisition editors will be here, looking for new writers of color. The conference is particularly focused on serving under-represented groups such as African Americans, Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.
Workshops for writers of color through Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) take place each summer at the University of Miami. Writers exchange their work and discuss craft and process in two separate week-long sessions. Participants can also opt to complete a residency, staying in private dormitory rooms, during which they work one-on-one with a master faculty member and a residency group.
The Center hosts the National Black Writers Conference, which invites writers, industry professionals, and the general public to attend with the goal of – as stated on NBWC’s website – “expanding their knowledge and reading of Black literature and for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on conference themes and on future trends in the literature of Black writers.”