African American Author's Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair

Independent Book Authors in the Metropolitan Area

2016 Workshops

7th Annual African American Author's Expo

Saturday October 15, 2016

Morgan State University/ University Student Center

Baltimore, Maryland

Workshop/Panel & Pitch Schedule

Don't Be Afraid To Sell

Workshop Facilitator

Kirklyn J. Berry

11:30am – 12:30pm

Room 216A 2nd Floor

Want to sell more books? This workshop will teach attendees how to create and use your platforms to maximize sales. Walk away with practical tools that can be implemented immediately to overcome the fear of selling and get your books into customer’s hands. We will discuss the following:

  •  Using your knowledge to sell your book
  • Creating a platform/ Using your platform
  •  The importance of circles


Workshop Presenter

Shirley Luu

11:30am - 12:30pm

Room 315 3rd Floor

Here are the topics Shirley Luu, Executive Field Chairman (EFC) will discuss with the audience.
  • The issue is longevity. Does your current retirement plan provide guaranteed income for life until the day you die?
  • Does your current retirement funds are protected from Market Losses?
  • Does your current retirement feature living benefits that you can tap into today if a crisis occurs?
Last, I play a game with the audience that you will thoroughly enjoyed and be Shock!!!


Writer's Pro Live!

Workshop Facilitator

Victoria Christopher Murray

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Room 216B 2nd Floor

Led by National Bestselling Author Victoria Christopher Murray.  This is a must-attend class if you’re ready to take your book to the next level, or simply write it, right!  Whether you’re just starting out, have begun your first writing project, or have already published, in these digital workshops – and accompanying workbooks – we share tips and tools that we’ve learned through our extensive careers. 

  •  Are you thinking about writing a book?  
  • Need motivation? 
  • Take it to the Next Level


Crafting the Perfect Media Pitch 

Workshop Facilitator 

LaDawn Black

2:30pm – 3:30pm 

Room 216B 2nd Floor

Crafting the Perfect Media Pitch

Looking to expand your brand? LaDawn Black, a Media Personality, Author and Expert will provide you with proven tips for identifying the right media, discovering your point of view and booking the segment. You will learn how casting a wide net may be killing your media chances and the real reason your tweet, press release or cold call may be getting ignored.

  • Why Should I Talk to You?
  •  Finding Your Media Match
  • Common Pitch Mistakes

  • Closing the Deal



Heal Demo with Frances Cuesta - Reinvent U Boot Camp

Don't let your WAYS affect your WEIGHTS.

11:00am - 11:30am


Publishing Panel

Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom


Participating panelist:  Brenda Jackson/Nikki Woods/Iris Bolling/Tieshena Davis


Reality of Reality TV, Hip-Hop & Social Media Panel

Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom


Participating panelist:  Prodigy/Kokan/Rob Schwartz/TDA


The Big Pitch Competition - College Students

University Student Center

Room 216A


Judge Panelist -  Combs Wine & Spirts

                            Under Amour



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