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2011 SOUTHERN BLACK WRITERS & ARTISTS-Memphis

THE WORLD'S LARGEST WRITING WORKSHOP!

Black Writers Conference and Barnes & Nobles Hit The Mark!

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Lawrence Wayne, President and Conference Director of the Memphis Black Writers Conference & Southern Film Festival with Barnes & Noble Communtiy Relations Manager Angela Grisby. "This has been the greatest event ever since I've been manager of this store!" beamed Ms. Grisby. She added,"Rosalyn McMillan was fantastic, Dr. Reginald Martin gave writers tons of valuable information, Thelma Balfour was dynamic, and Anfra had a lot to say about self-publishing."

Black Writers members participating included: Rosalyn McMillan (The Flip Side Of Sin); Thelma Balfour (Black Love Signs); Dr. Reginal Martin (Everybody Knows What Time It Is); Alice Faye Duncan (Willie Jerome); Anfra Boyd (You Are My Sister); and Lawrence Wayne (How To Encourage Young African American Children To Read).

Rosalyn McMillan was recently featured in Ebony Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the country. Rosalyn had just come off of a nationwide book tour and agreed to join the panel for this great event. We didn't know at the time, but it was Robbie's birthday. What a trooper!

Rosalyn's book, 'The Flip Side Of Sin', is one of the four books selected for our Book Club Read-In during the 5th Annual Black Writers Conference (April 20-22, 2001). The other books are: 'Liar's Game' by Eric Jerome Dickey; 'Dark Matters edited by Sheree R. Thomas; and 'Everybody Knows What Time It Is' by Dr. Reginal Martin.

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Children's author Alice Faye Duncan brought her knowledge of the children's book world. Alice deals with children everyday in the Memphis City School system. She is in a great position to write books for children.

Alice authored 'Everyday People', 'Willie Jerome', and 'Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee'. She recently married and was fresh off of the honeymoon when she joined the panel. We wish you the best Alice to the both of you.

BREAKFAST WITH THE AUTHOR SERIES EACH MONTH:

Black Writers Conference Members & Guest should check the website weekly for 'Updates and Calendar Of Events'

THE WORLD'S LARGEST BOOK CLUB READ-IN
April 20, 2001 9 pm - 12 midnight Marriott Hotel (Downtown)

Please read the four selected books and register online:($10).
1. Liar's Game -Eric J. Dickey
2. Flip Side Of Sin -Rosalyn McMillan
3. Dark Matters -Sheree R. Thomas
4. Everybody Knows What Time It Is -Dr. Reginald Martin

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Thelma Balfour author of 'Black Sun Signs' and 'Black Love Signs' brought her unique and profound knowledge of the publishing world to the panel. Thelma talked about her experiences as a first time author and the realities of the payment system, especially the royalities. She says, "If you get a book deal, don't spend all of your money and don't quit your day job until you have established yourself."

Thelma had a wealth of information and was more than willing to share with the packed crowd. She is a great panelist and we need to take this show on the road.

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Black Writers Conference Executive Advisory Board Members Angela Rixter-Kelly and Professor Loretta McBride. Angela is owner of The Tea Room, which is a finishing school for young people. She was a top model in the industry and is doing an excellent job at her school.

Loretta McBride is a college English professor and staff writer for VIP MEMPHIS Magazine..The Official Publication Of The Memphis Black Writers Conference. Look for some great articles from Loretta, she is a great writer!


JOIN THE MEMPHIS BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE TODAY!

BE A PART OF THE MEMPHIS RENAISSANCE!

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Panelist: Dr. Reginal Martin (Everybody Knows What Time It Is); Anfra Boyd (You Are My Sister); Phyliss Akers (Let The Brother Go If..) and Lawrence Wayne, president (How To Encourage Young African American Children To Read).


copyright photos by Eric D. Anderson