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National Black Writers Conference 2022
March 31 - April 2
16th National Black Writers Conference
The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way
Wednesday, March 30 – Saturday, April 2, 2022 (All Virtual)
The 16th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC2022) will be held virtually (unless otherwise noted) from Wednesday, March 30 – Saturday, April 2, 2022. The theme is “The Beautiful Struggle: Black Writers Lighting the Way.“ The public gathering will feature writers, scholars, and literary professionals who, through panels, roundtables, and readings, will engage the public in intellectual discussions on the conference theme and the state of Black literature.
NBWC2022 will examine the ways that texts by Black writers document struggle and persistence and light the ways for overcoming obstacles and surviving in a racially constructed society. The four-day program will enable writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the public to participate in stimulating literary programming.
The National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) is one of the major programs of the Center for Black Literature. It was founded by John Oliver Killens in 1986 at Medgar Evers College. It is held during the last weekend of March each year.
As a conference, this public gathering is dedicated to the exploration of “emerging themes, trends and issues in Black American literature.” It attracts writers, scholars, editors, agents, faculty, students, and the general public. It seeks to address the themes of stereotypes in Black literature, the direction of Black literature, as well as the renaissance in Black literature. It also seeks to expand conversations on race, identity, history, and genre.
Each conference has built upon the previous one celebrating outstanding Black writers throughout the world.