Letter to Our Friends: NBWC 2020 RESCHEDULED

This eBlast went out to our national lists Monday, March 16, 2020

UPDATED 3/18/2020:

The National Black Writers Conference (#NBWC2020),

Slated for March 26 – 29, is Postponed

and Will Reconvene November 11 – 14, 2020.

Dear Friends of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL):


During this unexpected national state of emergency, the entire team at CBL wishes you good health and peace of mind.

In the middle of a dynamic week last week, we were compelled to announce that the 15th National Black Writers Conference would be postponed. Today we’re announcing publicly that we have secured new dates. With an abundance of hope, we’re happy to announce that we’re reconvening Wednesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 14, 2020. The conference will remain at Medgar Evers College and the theme will remain the same: “Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads.”

Our founder and executive director, Dr. Brenda M. Greene, shared this statement: “Though it was very difficult to make the announcement [last] week about the conference postponement, it was a necessary decision. The health of the community is of utmost importance. At the same time, I knew that we must move swiftly to secure new dates for this national gathering. The unwavering support of participants who have reconfirmed their participation has been tremendously encouraging. Thus, we will maintain the same theme, the same panels, roundtables, workshops, and other program features, and the same commitment to centering the Black writer in all that we do.”

NBWC2020 Presenting Partner April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS adds: “Dr. Greene … tapped into one of the main reasons we do this work: We are builders, against all odds. There’s no better place to examine the art of perseverance than at the National Black Writers Conference. We are mindful of our new reality and simultaneously building for the future.”

We ask that you stay tuned for more updates and developments over the coming weeks and months. If you have questions, please email us at writers@mec.cuny.edu. If your question requires immediate attention, then please call the office at (718) 804-8883 and we will respond as soon as possible. We’re here to answer your questions. As we move forward, details will also be shared on our website and on social media channels (see below).

We thank you for your patience and your continued support.

Again, we wish you well.


Team CBL


For additional information, call or email us at (718) 804-8883 or writers@mec.cuny.edu

Request for interviews are directed to AKILA WORKSONGS: pr@akilaworksongs.com or (718) 756-8501