Keynote Speaker

Lolita Files ~ author, screenwriter, and producer, who has been chosen as the 2018 keynote spaker. Among her six bestselling novels are book club favorites Scenes From a Sistah and Child of God. Ms. Files also wrote for, produced and appears in the six-part docuseries, Who Killed Tupac, which premiered on A&E in November 2017.


2018 BARR Literary Legend

Tina McElroy Ansa ~ novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist - but above all - storyteller and cultural icon, will be honored as the 2018 BARR Literary Legend of the Year. Ms. Ansa's works include Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, You Know Better, and The Hand I Fan with - which will be discussed during the BARR Book Club meeting at 5 pm on Friday, September 14.


Workshop Leaders

Promote Your Own BookCherrie Woods, known as the "PR Guru" for independent authors, will kick off the conference on Friday at 1 pm with her 90-minute workshop. This workshop will teach authors/writers at all stages of their writing processes, how to increase their public profile and book sales. Atteendees are encouraged to bring a printed copy of their books. There is a separate registration fee for this workshop.

The Importance of Media Coaching with Deborah Franklin ~ is an author, entrepreneur, conferenece host and speaker. She is the author of adjectives and 21 Minutes of Prayer and Meditation. She is a media coach, co-host of "The Tea" and radio host of Conversation with Deborah Franklin.

Why Joining a Writing Group Makes You a Star Deliah (Dee) Lawrence ~ is a Maryland based attorney, author, blogger and workshop facilitator. She's a member of the Maryland Wrtiers' Association, the Black Writers' Guilding of Maryland, Sisters in Crime and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Men in Literature Brian W. Smith, Victor McGlothin, Black Topp and Keith Thomas Walker - Will join us to share their struggles and triumps on their road to be a bestselling author. They will talk suspense, romantic suspense, urban fiction, drama and more.....

So You Want to Write a Book ~ Best selling authors and adjunct professors Donna Hill and Renee Daniel Flagler - will discuss the basics and asnwer your questions about how to take that book from your head to paper.