Great Lakes African American Writers Conference


Empowering African American Writers

Join us for our annual day-long Conference in a modified virtual setting. Literary creatives from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and throughout the Great Lakes will gather to learn from and network with influential publishing industry professionals from hubs including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Groundbreaking authors and publishing industry professionals

Meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting

Entertainment from riveting storytellers

Networking with like-minded individuals


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How to Get Involved


As a 501(C)(3) organization, your generous donations allow us to continue empowering African American writers


Learn about the craft of writing and publishing from authors, scholars, and industry proffesionals


Help us organize a one of a kind event to educate, support and celebrate African American writers


“It was a joy being around this much black talent and black love. There were so many black authors and black writers. The GLAAWC was lovely. I think of a conference like this being a leader that other cities around the country should emulate.”

Damon Young

Founder, Very Smart Brothas

“Reverend Dr. Leah Lewis and Little Lumpy’s Center‘s Discovering the Writer Within Workshop not only helped me get back into writing, but also motivated me to start working on my first book. DTWW also allowed me the opportunity to meet Editor Kim Martin Sadler. Kim is editing my book!”

Tonya Sams

Writer, Conference Attendee