Our team of speakers are experts in a diverse range of writing industries including film and T.V., book publishing, intellectual property law, and publicity. They will help guide you to the best format to tell your story and get you started on putting your pen to paper.

The speakers will work with you in intimate settings through general and breakout sessions held in the quaint Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District.

Dawn Michelle Hardy

Literary Agent and Publicist

Hardy has been described as a “literary lobbyist” by Ebony magazine for her ability to help authors reach their readership using strategic and creative promotions, award recognition, and media attention.

Dolly Turner

President of The Turner Group

Turner has overseen a number of award-winning projects in film, television, music, and book publishing.

Dr. Larthenia Howard

Author and Neurotherapist

Howard is the author of several publications, audio teachings, and the Publisher Choice Award winning book, “Challenging Mediocrity: Balancing Diversity and Student Achievement.”

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine

Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. is the President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine.

Esi Eggleston Bracey

President COTY Consumer Beauty

Esi Eggleston Bracey is President of Coty Consumer Beauty, overseeing a $4.4B brand portfolio of products.

Holly Robinson Peete

Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist

Holly Robinson Peete has been touched by the entertainment industry almost of her life. Her career as an actress dates back more than 3 decades and has led her to become a voice for her father, her son and her community.

Myrna Gale

Publisher, Author, and Entrepreneur

In 2015, Ms. Gale was celebrated by PLUS Model Magazine as one of the women who inspire and live their lives passionately, who are experts in their field, and who leave no stone unturned for the betterment of their communities.

Sheri Riley

Author, Empowerment Speaker, and Life Strategist

As a trendsetter in the entertainment industry, Riley spent 20 years creating innovative marketing strategies for some of the world’s biggest celebrities and corporations. Her list of clients includes Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, Converse, NBA, TNT, and many more.

Tressa Smallwood

Award-Winning Publisher, Author, Entrepreneur, and Film Producer

Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood is an author and the award-winning publisher of Life Changing Books Inc. (LCB).