Our inaugural festival will be held on Saturday, September 9th at BRIC (647 Fulton Street) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Buy your ticket here!

Over 250 Black women from across the country will be in attendance — confirmed speakers include Marita Golden, Naomi Jackson, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Ashley C. Ford, and Jenna Wortham. 30+ authors will join us for a full day of workshops & panels. Our preliminary list of speakers is below!

We’re excited to bring together a remarkable cast of authors, thinkers, and literary artists this fall. We’ll announce surprise guests and programming partners in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! 

Schedule
CONFERENCE PASS
9:00AM – 11:00AM 
Writing Workshop with Marita Golden

11:00AM – 12:00PM
Literary Agent Roundtable 

WRBG FESTIVAL PASS  

Program Schedule
1:00PM1:30PM – Opening Remarks from Naomi Jackson 

1:30PM2:30PM – Fireside Chat with WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll and Tayari Jones

3:00PM4:00PM – Writing Rituals As Self-Care: How to Maximize Your Creative Practice 
Moderator: Jenna Wortham
Panelists: Lesley Arimah, Morgan Jerkins, Basey Ikpi, Jenn Baker, and Ashley C. Ford

3:00PM4:00PM – Dream Keepers curated by I, Too Arts Collective * Exclusive YA Authors Panel
Moderator: Renée Watson
Panelists: Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Jacqueline Woodson, Ibi Zoboi

4:15PM5:00PM – Live Podcast Taping with Am I Allowed to Like Anything? Featuring Numa Perrier filmmaker, and co-founder of the network Black & Sexy TV, along with special guests.

4:15PM5:00PM – Writing IRL: Owning your truth, online and off 
Moderator: Tia Williams
Panelists: Doreen St. Félix, Diamond Sharp, Evette Dionne, Nicole Blades, and Britni Danielle

5:15PM6:00PM – Reclaiming the Past, Empowering the Present: Writing as Political Resistance
Moderator: Jamia Wilson
Panelists: Jaqueline Woodson, Tiphanie Yanique, Bernice McFadden, Natashia Deón and LaShonda Barnett

6:15PM7:00PM – SURPRISE CLOSING CONCERT presented by REST IN BEATS

This program is co-presented by 651 ARTS
In partnership with I, Too Arts Collective, Rest In Bests, and PEN America.