How to Write for Young Readers: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Harlem State Office Building, 2nd floor Gallery

Moderator: Max Rodriguez (Publisher, QBR/The Black Book Review; Founder, Harlem Book Fair)

Panelists: Stephen McGill (The Electrifying Adventures of Mr. Powers), Linda Taylor (Amazing Annabelle); Kadian Thomas (Sparks Fly)


Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one? Join this panel of accomplished authors in discussing the challenges, opportunities, and satisfaction of successfully launching and sustaining a career writing for young readers.


Christian Authors on Tour: A Discussion about God, Reinvention, and Renewal

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Harlem State Office Building, 2nd floor Gallery

Moderator: Lynn Pinder (Founder, Christian Authors On Tour)

Panelists: Mitzi Carrasquillo (Sexual Abuse Survivors), Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson (Leaders & Followers), TC Spellen (Single Women), Pastor Myra Harris (Youth Disciples), Carol & Michael Byrd (Married Couples).

We live in a world full of disruption and turmoil. The anecdote for disruption and turmoil is reinvention and renewal. Participating authors will discuss what reinvention and renewal look like for them through the topic lens of their books.


Writing While Black: A View from the National Writers Union

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Harlem State Office Building, 2nd floor Gallery


Moderator: Yusef Salaam (Elijah Muhammad: Builder of a Nation)

Panelists: Raymond Nat Turner (Dissent Voice), Eartha Watts-Hicks (Love Changes), Marc Polite (Everything to Learn, Nothing to Teach)

The panelists will discuss issues that Black writers encounter while writing, publishing, and

distribution of their works. Specifically, they will offer discourses on racism, sexism, genderism, stereotypes, and phobias in the mainstream publishing industry; concerns that threaten the maintenance of their ethical integrity, dictatorial perceptions regarding what they can and cannot write. Tangible solutions will be offered along with the discussion of public mediums, such as public cable shows, the internet Media and independent presses that are being utilized to amplify the voices of Black writers.

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