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The Circle Conference Celebrates the Art of Mystery Writing

by Afrika Abney (writer), , November 16, 2007


The Circle Conference Celebrates the Art of Mystery Writing

The Circle Conference Celebrates the Art of Mystery Writing will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 1-5pm at 270 W. 96th St. (Bet. B’way & West End Ave.) in New York City. It is hosted by African Voices and Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center.

About The Circle Conference Celebrates the Art of Mystery Writing

Grace Edwards is a brilliant and successful Mystery writer and she is conducting a 90-minute creative writing workshop to help writers develop their story ideas. They will have a chance to learn a few helpful writing excerises and also learn about tricks of the trade.

Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center is co-presenting the Circle Conference with African Voices and FDCAC will offer a resource panel that will give insight on the pros and cons of having a literary agent help writers sell their books to publishers. There will also be information about writing fellowships, workshops and self-publishing opportunities. In addition, it is "a forum exploring
the secrets of writing great mystery stories. The Circle will offer information on craft and outlets for writers wishing to get their work published in magazines, books and online publications.

Renowned Mystery writer Valerie Wilson Wesley is our featured author and she will be joined with a panel of other writers such as Jacqueline Johnson (moderator),Glenville Lovell,and Johnny Temple,a book publisher, to specifically discuss how to get your first
book published.

The purpose of the conference is to explore the different genres and writing niches. We believe there are so many opportunities for talented writers to get published in these areas.

It will be a great networking experience and sharing of ideas -- we hope writers will come away with some valuable information and contacts that they can use to enhance their lives as working writers and artists.

To register or for further information send an email to or call African Voices Magazine at 212 865-2982

Mission Statement

African Voices established the Cultural Circle Conference is a resource for writers and artists to exchange ideas, network and gain a perspective from professional artists in the field. The conference is an open "circle" that allows emerging artists to share their own experiences with established writers and artists. In addition to the important dialogue on art and publishing, the Cultural Circle Conference provides information about grants, writing programs, retreats for artists and writers, artists' residencies and other programs. The conference is open to all but targets Black and Latino writers/artists who traditionally do not have access to information about opportunities for grants and other resources.

About Grace Edwards

Grace Edwards was born and raised in Harlem and now lives in Brooklyn.Do or Die is the fourth novel in the Harlem-based mystery series featuring former cop Mali Anderson. The first book, If I Should Die, was released in 1997 and earned an Anthony Award nomination for Best First Novel. The second book, A Toast Before Dying, won the 1999 Fiction Honor Book Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. No Time to Die, the third novel, was released in 1999. Film and TV rights to the series have been sold.

Ms. Edwards teaches creative writing, and has been a member of the Harlem Writer's Guild since 1970. Her first novel, In the Shadow of the Peacock, was originally released in 1988, and will be reprinted by Harlem Writers Guild Press.

About the Cultural Circle Presenters

Valerie Wilson Wesley’s latest mystery is Dying in the Dark. She is also the author of the novels Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do for which she received the 2000 award for excellence in adult fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and six other Tamara Hayle Mysteries. Her mysteries include When Death Comes Stealing, Devil's Gonna Get Him, Where Evil Sleeps, No Hiding Place, Easier to Kill, The Devil Riding and Playing My Mother's Blues. All of her books have been Blackboard bestsellers, and When Death Comes Stealing was nominated for a
Shamus award.

Jacqueline Johnson (moderator) is a graduate of New York University and the City College of New York. Ms. Johnson is a multi-disciplined writer working in the areas of poetry, books for children, non-fiction and fiction. She is the winner of the 1997 White Pine Press Award for Poetry. Her poetry book A Gathering of Mother Tongues was published by White Pine Press in 1998.

She is also the author of Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power (Simon & Schuster Books).

Glenville Lovell is the author of three novels, several short stories and a number of prize-winning plays. In 1995, his first novel, Fire in the Canes, was published by Soho Press to wide acclaim, as was his second novel, Song of Night, published in 1998. Mr. Lovell's first mystery, Too Beautiful to Die, was called a "page-turner" by the New York Daily News.

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Akashic Books has a strong focus on literature from the African Diaspora, and the authors they publish include Amiri Baraka, Chris Abani, Colin Channer, Kwame Dawes, Percival
Everett, Ed Bullins, and many others. Temple won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. He is also the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council which helps to organize the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.

About the hosts, African Voices Magazine and Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center

African Voices Magazine is an African-American quarterly literary magazine published by a not-for-profit cultural arts organization which also sponsors related events. For further information visit

Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center is a non-profit arts education organization offering low-cost workshops in all writing genres to adults, and programs for adolescents. For further information about them visit

About the Writer

Afrika Abney is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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