Accommodations are available at a BWRC group rate of $129 per night plus 11% occupancy and sales tax. BWRC overnight guests will enjoy complimentary Internet access, discounted valet parking of $20 each night, 10% Heavenly Spa discount, and complimentary WestinWORKOUT fitness center access. Conference attendees who are not guests of the hotel will have daily valet parking discounted to $10 per day.
Guests who book outside of the BWRC block will not enjoy any of these special BWRC group concessions.
Westin is now accepting BWRC reservations. Be sure to book your reservations before summer starts! This resort historically sells out over Labor Day weekend.
Other features include:
Westin Heavenly® Bed
Intracoastal and ocean views
Outdoor heated rooftop pool for late night swimming
Fort Lauderdale's best restaurants, boutiques, and nightlife within short walking distance
Two miles from world-class shopping on Las Olas Boulevard
Final Call for Session and Breakfast Roundtable Proposals
Black Writers Reunion & Conference invites you to contribute your ideas, experience, and expertise at our 7th national conference on creative, professional, and freelance writing and publishing.
BWRC is accepting proposals for sessions on the craft and business of writing to be presented on Thursday and Friday, August 30 and 31. We are especially interested in interactive workshops which will allow participants to engage in hands-on writing activities wherever possible and to receive feedback on their work, whether during or immediately following the conference. Tracks for the 2012 conference include:
The Writing Craft
Publishing & Promoting
The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Confirmed workshops include:
Writing Faction – weaving real-life stories into your novels (ethically)
Your Writing as an Investment in Others' Growth
The Written World – an in-depth look at professional writing careers, industries & disciplines
Staging the Page – transitioning from script to stage, creating/staging a trailer for your book
Judging Your Book By Its Cover – the art of book cover design
How to Get Corporate Sponsorship Money to Promote Your Books
The Life of a Writer – balancing life & writing
How to Increase Book Sales Via Web Avenues
eBook Formatting for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords
Social Media Book Marketing Strategies
Gritty Writer's Website Strategies
Plotting Boot Camp
Journaling as a Writing Tool
BWRC is also accepting proposals for Breakfast Roundtables, a new addition to the conference which offers participants an opportunity to share knowledge on a topic of your choice with fellow attendees during breakfast.
For more information, see 2012 Call for Proposals:
Write Time Black Writers Retreat Now Accepting Applications
Writing can be extremely difficult with all of the distractions of everyday life—family, friends, household tasks, errands, interruptions, work responsibilities, and the like. Have you ever wanted to hole up at a resort in a desert oasis, near the mountains, a lake or the beach, away from all the distractions of your busy life, and just write? When was the last time you were able to escape to a creative environment with writing friends and allow yourself to get lost in your writing? Never?
The Write Time Black Writers Retreat is a 2-1/2 day program that offers you the peace and quiet to work productively on your writing in the calming surroundings of a beautiful beachfront resort. This retreat is about doing the work. Whether the work consists of the mental part of figuring out where the story is going, or what's not working, or the pounding out of a rough draft, here's your chance to escape and focus solely on your pages. For more information, visit Retreat.
Black Literary Scoop to Spotlight BWRC Fam News
Black Literary Scoop is an online newsletter/e-zine created to keep the literary community updated with the latest news from current and past Black Writers Reunion & Conference faculty, alumni, and staff. Designed to be a one-stop BWRC community news shop, we proudly showcase upcoming book releases, film options, new literary services businesses, special appearances, accomplishments, awards, honors, and the like.
Current and past alumni, faculty, and staff of the BWRC are invited to submit announcements, event invitations, and other newsworthy items of note for inclusion.
Established in 2000, the Black Writers Reunion & Conference is well known for its engaging workshop presenters, outstanding topics, inspirational ambience, and professional organization. BWRC's mission is to educate, support, and motivate aspiring, emerging, and published writers. We promote and encourage artistic expression and growth through skill development in the art, craft, and business of creative writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama as well as business and career endeavors in professional writing. While BWRC does not discriminate against participants of any race, BWRC is the only touring conference with the added cultural bonus of being presented both by and for Black writers.