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But most significant thing I gained from conferences was an insight into Zeitgeist—the German word for spirit of an age, a trend of thought and feeling in a period--in African American Publishing Industry. Just as Civil Rights movement resulted from a Zeitgeist—Black people as a whole getting tired of being treated like second class citizens—the new Black Renaissance in Literature has arisen from same backlash.
Across board, writers have gotten tired of being locked out from mainstream publishing. With desktop publishing, affordable graphic designs, Internet, and print-on-demand, e-books, teleclasses, many writers have become publishers and information entrepreneurs.
I recently attended second annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo on 6-10-05 at http://www.labbx.com/ as a panelist.
Every year for past 5 years I’ve been a panelist and workshop conductor at Dr. Rosie Milligan’s Black Writers on Tour. (www.blackwritersontour.com.)
I will be participating as a workshop conductor with my hometown Detroit Literary Entrepreneur Conference on 8-26-05 to 8-28-05. http://www.mllbnetwork.com/MetroDetroitLiteraryAwards.html. http://www.mllbnetwork.com/Itinerary.html
To find out about local conferences in your area, go to http://writing.shawguides.com
Maxine Thompson is a literary coach, ghostwriter, editor, and Internet Radio show host on www.voiceamerica.com, www.artistfirst.com and www.maxineshow.com. To get her free newsletter subscribe at www.maxinethompson.com