The mission is to develop interactive literacy based programs centered around African American books and those who write them. We advocate for literary arts, literacy, and bridging the gap for black writers and opportunities. We also provide the AAMBC Literary Awards as we celebrate black writers in a ceremony in front of a live audience.
Founded by Tamika Newhouse, the weekend bridges the gaps between black literary creatives and opportunities that will advance their careers. Powered by AAMBC Inc., the organization focuses on new and emerging voices in literature and fusing them with established creatives in film, television, and publishing.
About Black Writers Weekend
First established in 2008 as an award show called the AAMBC Awards, it is now a four-day weekend. Attendees will enjoy panels, workshops, author signings and our celebratory book bash, movie screenings, along with the formal awards gala positioned as the highlight of the weekend. This weekend was designed specifically for readers and writers of all genres, genders, and ages,” Newhouse says. “We wanted this to be a true celebration of literary achievement in every area imaginable.”
Since its inception in 2008, the festival has been held in several locations; Baltimore, Chicago, San Antonio, and finally found a home in Atlanta in 2014. The festival is the nation’s only entertainment award show and gathering for black creatives in publishing, film and TV enthusiasts, with approximately 1,500 attendees. The weekend takes place in Atlanta, GA.