Building Sustainable Writing Communities in a Postpandemic World

115AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


The pandemic taught us how to Zoom and adapt, using digital solutions to keep writers connected in a virtual capacity. But as we reenter society, how do we build upon and sustain those writing communities? In this panel, authors, podcasters, program managers, and workshop facilitators discuss establishing strong literary communities online and what approaches should continue to create productive and empowering virtual spaces that foster better diversity and inclusivity among writers today.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_from_AWP_2022_Panel_Revised.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Updated_BWoC_Postcard_Version_001.pdf



Olivia Kate Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint, an American Fiction Award winner. She received Crab Orchard Review's Jack Dyer Fiction Prize and the Mason's Road Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at GrubStreet, Writers Without Margins, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Serina Gousby is the senior program coordinator of the Boston Writers of Color Group at GrubStreet, with over 2,000 members across various platforms. The group holds monthly events, shares writing opportunities, and provides literary scholarships to BIPOC writers. She is also a poet and essayist.

Blair Hurley is the author of the novel The Devoted, longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. She received a 2020 Alberta Magazine Prize, a Best Small Fictions Prize, and a 2018 Pushcart Prize. She hosts the Writerly Bites podcast and teaches at Catapult and McMaster University.

Cheryl Buchanan is a founder of the nonprofit Writers Without Margins, providing workshops in shelters, jails, health centers, youth services and prison reentry. She has received National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Social Justice Prize and is a producer of award-winning film In Their Shoes.

Laniesha Brown (she/her/hers) is GrubStreet's programs coordinator. She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in English literature from McNeese State University. Her work has appeared in the Caribbean Writer, the Minnesota Review, and more.


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