The Black Writers Guild of Maryland (BWG) champions and seeks to empower self-published writers at its “Beyond the Writing” conference, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 7 at Morgan State University, Student Union Bldg. 12 in Baltimore. Parking is free.

The conference provides workshops and a panel discussion offering insights and information to empower all writers to do the things required once their book is completed. The conference also includes a keynote address by Sheri Booker, Baltimore’s national best-selling author of the critically acclaimed memoir Nine Years Under, Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, (Gotham 2013) based on her 9 years experience in the funeral business. Booker recently won the NAACP Image Award for Debut Author. 

Presenters and workshops at the “Beyond Writing Conference”:

• Writing instructor Terence Cooper will present Essential Secrets of the Writing Craft

• Author Allegra Bennett will present 12 Steps to Self- Publishing Success

• Attorney and author Tonya Evans will present The Legal Matters that Matter to Writers

• PR/marketing experts Cherrie Woods and Kevin Wayne Johnson will share a panel discussion on the role of marketing and PR, how to build your brand, sell your books and get media coverage.

Registration fees for the conference are:

• Full-time students (w/ID): $45.00

• General registration (BWG Members):

• General registration (Non-Members):

(Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, giveaways, vendors and more!)

“This conference is for all writers, but especially for self-published writers,” says BWG President and self-published author, James Wright.“ Self-published writers are sometimes overlooked in the literary world. At this conference we are giving all writers the tools to help them overcome those challenges.”

Go to, call 443-671-7743 or email bwg@ for the full conference schedule, workshop details and registration information.