About this project
Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) is a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Our mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. I'm Glory Edim, founder of WRBG. Our digital book club has over 20,000 members on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Since launching in 2015, the book club has met with several award-winning authors including:
Naomi Jackson, The Star Side of Bird Hill
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes The Sun
Margo Jefferson, Negroland
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
Nicole Blades, The Thunder Beneath Us
WRBG recognizes the literary accomplishments and activism of Black women authors. Writers like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Maya Angelou have made inroads for future generations of authors and readers. Inspired by their commitment, the WRBG Writers' Conference and Festival will address the dire need to create empowering communal spaces for Black women in literature. We're asking you to help us reach our goal in by purchasing tickets to the day-long writer's conference and festival on September 9, 2017.
- Pay for the venue and event production costs
- Reward production and shipping
- Hire instructors for the conference
- Invite special literary guests
- Provide honorariums for speakers
- Ensure the event is low-cost and accessible to the community
Pledge for a festival pass or one of our other rewards to help us bring this dream to life!
Once you make your pledge, we will send you info on how to join our growing community and book club. The funds raised will be used to produce both the conference and festival this fall.
- Ticket Price: $25.00
- 1PM - 5PM
Imagine the world’s best book club featuring an array of outstanding authors and writers, including Tayari Jones, Naomi Jackson, LaShonda Barnett, Tiphanie Yanique, Tia Williams, Jenna Wortham, Doreen St. Félix, and more.
- Early Bird Price: $100.00
- General Admission: $150.00
- All-day access
Participants will engage with fellow writers and industry professionals, including authors, literary agents, and editors from major publishing houses.
Workshops will provide practical advice and encouragement to aspiring writers looking to develop their craft. We’ll offer critique sessions, discuss how to pitch your first story and review the fundamentals of writing a book proposal. Your ticket will grant you access to the entire day of workshops, panels, and performances. A limited number of tickets are available.
Pledge for the Hi Wildflower & WRBG Collection
- Namaka Perfume Rollerball
- MALA Lipstick
- MALA Nail Lacquer
- Liquid Eyeliner Pen
- Hi Wildflower Candle
Renée Watson YA Book Set
YA Author Book Set: Author Renee Watson has graciously donated a signed set of her books to the campaign. Pledge $100 for this exclusive YA bundle!
WRBG Book Collection
A special collection of signed books including THE MOTHERS, THE TURNER HOUSE, THE PERFECT FIND, HERE COMES THE SUN, and more!
Octavia Butler Book Bundle
We're celebrating the life and legacy of Octavia Butler! On June 22nd she would have turned 70 years-old. Pledge to receive a special edition of Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Talents, and The Blood Child via Seven Stories Press.
WRBG Festival Pass and 1-month subscription to My Lit Box
Glory - Editorial Director
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG). She has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she is the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helps writers use the platform to build community and find support for their creative endeavors. You can follow her on Twitter @guidetoglo.
Carla - Books Editor
Carla Bruce-Eddings currently works in publicity at Riverhead Books. Before that, she was a special education and foreign language teacher at The Young Women's Leadership School in Brooklyn. A freelance writer, she has had work published in New York Magazine, Refinery29, Literary Hub, and The Establishment, among others. She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and received her MS in Secondary Special Education from Brooklyn College in 2012. You can follow her on Twitter @carlawaslike.
Ebony - Publishing Advisor
Ebony LaDelle currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager at HarperCollins. Before HarperCollins, Ebony worked as a marketing manager at Simon & Schuster, where she had the pleasure to work with authors such as Shonda Rhimes, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jessica Knoll. In her previous roles, Ebony has also worked on campaigns for Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Andy Cohen. She holds a BA in Journalism from Howard University and received her MS in Publishing from Pace University in 2009. You can follow her on Twitter @coloringbooks.
Dianca - Online Editor
Dianca London Potts earned her MFA in fiction from The New School. She is the former prose editor of LIT Magazine and a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow, a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop participant, and VONA Voices alumna. Her words have been featured in Kweli Journal, Lenny Letter, The Village Voice, Obsidian, and elsewhere. She currently works and resides in Brooklyn. You can follow her musings on Twitter via @diancalondon.
Risks and challenges
WRBG is a growing organization and this is our 1st full-scale production endeavor. However, we have done our due diligence with research and preparing our festival budget. We're confident that we have the resources to produce a quality event. With the backing of book club members, literary advocates, and various community members we're confident this festival will be a one of a kind success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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