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.
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.
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.
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.
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).