“I attended a writing conference that Tia organized and produced. The event really showcased her in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry. From the professionally designed website and marketing materials, to the selection of relevant content and a great panel of industry professionals, Tia definitely demonstrated her expertise in the field. I’m looking forward to working with her on some upcoming projects.” – Dionne Hayes, Washington DC

“I just want to thank Tia again for a job well done. This was my first time attending a BWRC conference and I really did not know what to expect. Let me just say I was simply blown away. To say it exceeded my expectations would not even begin to describe the experience for me. Spending two days among talented, intelligent, articulate women and men was in and of itself a delight. To have those individuals be Black and writers, well, it just does not get any better than that. Not only were all of the presenters encouraging and inspirational, they were without exception generous with their time and gave sound and practical advice. I believe I have made connections that will last a lifetime and I know the advice garnered will certainly add to my success as a writer. Tia’s efforts have touched so many lives. What a grand legacy to leave and what a fine example Tia and her team are for others.” – Carol Meeks, California

“I’ve attended MANY writers conferences and book festivals over the years, and I must say, Tia puts on one of the best events out there for African-American authors. She has a savvy business sense, and is a fierce negotiator, which enables her to keep things affordable for conference participants. Multi-tasking is her special skill, and although she wears many hats, she does it all with quality and competence. She is also kind, gracious, and responsive — which I appreciate in a colleague/mentor — and is always willing to go out of her way to help someone out. I’ve encountered many shady individuals in the publishing biz, who are just out to make money off of naive, aspiring authors, but Ms. Ross is a woman of integrity who truly cares about the work she does and the people she works for.” – Stephanie Casher, California

“Tia is an expert in the realm of producing and directing conferences. I’ve attended the Black Writers Reunion & Conference twice and each time, the event has been phenomenal. Tia’s creative genius yields an atmosphere that’s conducive to networking, education, and sales all at the same time. Her planning and execution skills are flawless as each conference has flowed seamlessly, without any quirks or disruptions. I highly recommend Tia to direct and produce your next conference. with her high level of professionalism and expertise she has produced a brand of excellence to ensure that your conference will be an event to remember.” – Sherrice Thomas, Michigan

“Kudos on another wonderful conference. Tia’s gift is God given and with her gift, she blesses all of us.” – Dr. Jay Green, North Carolina

“I owe so much to Tia and BWRC. I had the talent, but was stuck on now what? Not anymore. I am so prepared that everyone thinks I’ve been doing all of this for years. Thank you, sister, for facilitating my dreams.” – Nakia Laushaul, Houston, Texas

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A wonderfully inspiring event for writing, but also the spirit. Congrats Tia! You’re a star! [BWRC] was a raging success on every level and has given me ideas for our own Aboriginal Writers Conference in Wollongong this year. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the program – to share, to listen, to learn and to grow as a writer. BWRC was the highlight of my professional career in the past decade! I left inspired and better skilled as a writer.” – Dr. Anita Heiss, New South Wales, Australia, Coordinator of the AustLit – Black Words, Director of Gadigal Information Services and Koori Radio, and Chair of the Australian Society of Authors

“I had some ambivalence about attending only because I have wanted to attend for soooo long, but as a wife and mother first and foremost, it seemed every year one of our daughters was graduating, had end-of-the-year programs, dance recitals and more. In 2008, we sent the last one off to college and I started looking forward to BWRC 2009 immediately. Then, the economic crisis hit us hard and money became an issue. My husband finally found a new job, but I did not want to ask him for any money, because he was holding down the fort on the homefront. The Census Bureau hired me part-time and temporary and I began saving for BWRC right away. Every time I asked my husband if he wanted me to pay a bill or two, he said, “Save for your writers’ conference. You’ve been wanting this so long.” I have attended other conferences years ago but never one run by US, for US and about US in this crazy writing/publishing business, not even one where we were even a half or a third of the participants.

As June ’09 got closer, I started wondering if there would be all these sharp, young sistahs there and I’d feel out of place. Yes, there were a lot of you, but I never felt out of place. I started wondering if everyone would be reuniting from past conferences and I’d feel alone. Yes, there was plenty of reuniting, but I didn’t feel alone. I thought I might be the only Muslim woman there and I was, but that was okay too. I realized at some point that satan was making me second-guess my plans and I had to stop and pull myself together. To get the least expensive flight, I flew from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Fort Lauderdale and had a five-hour layover before my flight to Las Vegas. On the way back, I had a seven-hour layover, but that gave me time to see my grandson, who lives in Miami. In the end, I had such a wonderful time, was so inspired and met such beautiful women (and a few great brothas too). I have organized conferences before and I know how much hard work and commitment it takes to make everything run as smoothly as you and your team did. BIG CONGRATS!!! BWRC ’09 was well-organized, the presenters were excellent and the facilities were very nice. I am hopeful for a BWRC ’10 and hope you might consider my hometown of Atlantic City sometime in the future. Thanks again.” – Turiya S. Abdur-Raheem, New Jersey

“The conference was awesome. This was my first one, but it won’t be the last one that I attend. I intend to bring a group with me for the next one. Just fabulous!!” – Kimberly Bibbs, Texas

“Excellent job, my friend! Words cannot describe the positive vibe, the knowledge, and fellowship that existed at the conference this year. Continued success and blessings!” – Marc Lacy, Alabama

“This was my third BWRC and it was fabulous! Old faces and new faces mix and mingle as we realize we’re all connected by one single thing — the love of writing! conversation about writing, editing and publishing. This is the reason that the BWRC is so special to me; being among writers who understand each other, no matter where you are on the writing journey. I’m exhausted as I always am after these conferences. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” – Donna Deloney, Illinois

“I didn’t get a chance to tell you how awesome the conference was. I met so many great people and I learned so much. I had my expectations, but I left Vegas on Sunday morning feeling more fulfilled and inspired than I had ever expected. I met … a host of other wonderful writers who came with the hopes of spreading their God-given talent and making an impact on the world. I immediately felt like I was in my element, with people who understood me and my purpose. Plus it was in Vegas!” – Monique Mensah, Michigan

“Thanks Tia for the wonderful conference! I applaud you and your staff for operating in the spirit of excellence.” – Stacy Adams, Illinois

“Tia, I just want to thank you for the opportunity to attend the Black Writers Reunion Conference in Las Vegas. The news that I won the scholarship could not have come at a better time. I had just lost my stepfather in March, and my biological father in February. These two men were my biggest fans and cheerleaders, and I felt so discouraged about a lot of things. When I submitted my short story God had given me the word that I needed to stop procrastinating and being scared and move forward with my dreams. It always pays to step out on faith. I obtained so much quality information on how to self-publish my book as well as find an editor and artist for my cover. Reshonda Tate Billingsley’s workshop was awesome and informative and she is such a down-to-earth and sincere woman. M. Kali Mincy’s workshop made me feel as if I was getting information that people would pay thousands of dollars to have, and I was blessed to receive it. She kept it real with us but encouraged us to continue to make our work our number one priority. A lot of times I think that we as writers allow life’s situations to take a front seat and our aspirations to write take a back seat.

This conference has shown me that not only do I have something to say in my poetry and my stories, but that I am doing myself and my readers a disservice when I do not put my thoughts to paper and get it out there to the public. I may have a good poem or story; however, it is not doing me any good if it is just in my head. The Christian writing workshop was also informative. As a Christian woman who writes I felt hindered and fearful of what I should or could write in my stories, and Mrs. Deloney helped clear it all up for me and showed me that I was on the right track. In the end I have to stay true to myself and my work. God will work out the rest. I look forward to coming to the event next year. God Bless, and Keep up the Awesome work.” – Tyrona Hill, Philadelphia PA

“Phenomenal conference. You and the crew did a fabulous job. I want to be a part of anything you guys put together. You exuded excellence!” – Renee Flagler, New York

“I can’t begin to thank you for all that I experienced at the conference. I’m just disappointed that I hadn’t been part of the previous one. You and your staff put together more than just a conference, but new friendships, information beyond what one could ever pay for, and memories to never be forgotten. I thank you for all your hard work in putting these together and I look forward to all the ones to come. Again, thank you, Tia. Love and Peace to you and your staff.” – Jonathan Gaines, Ohio

“Having the chance to meet fellow authors and writers who I’ve connected with online, finally we came face-to-face. The experience was nothing but positive, except there wasn’t enough time.” – C.F. Jackson, Georgia

“My sister, you have given so much to writers and to the writing life. You know I wish you all the very best! It has been my pleasure and blessing to win a good number of awards, but still one of my most favorite was winning the Gold Pen Award for Best Inspirational in 2001—there’s nothing like getting love from your own family! Blessings to you.”–Sharon Ewell Foster

“[The] video [is] a wonderful reminder of how fantastic the conference is, has been and will continue to be. I’m so thankful to receive the information and encouragement I needed to turn my “hobby” into a career back at the first conference in 2000 and I’m honored to be able to sow back into BWRC and a whole new host of enthusiastic and talented writers with my literary law workshops. Keep shining, Diva.” –Tonya Evans-Walls, Esq., CEO, Legal Write Publications; Author of Literary Law Guide for Authors, Copyright Companion for Writers, and Contracts Companion for Writers

“Tia, I hope you know that you and your staff organized a fabulous convention. I came away with so much information! Thank you! BWR&C is changing lives.” –Alicia Williams

“Tia, you did an amazing job putting on this conference!”–Lauren Brown Jarvis

“BWRC allowed me to hear the struggles of the other writers and helped me know that I wasn’t alone. I was in the great company of some powerful people who needed the same push that I needed. I was able to do something I had not ever done in my life and that was to actually let people read my writing. Tia has helped increase my confidence in myself and my writing. For me, that is something that I’ve never had in my life from friends or family.

Since its inception, your Black Writers Reunion & Conference has been considered by many to be an unparalleled example of what a writers’ conference should be—an event filled with fluidity, distinction, and value. You are an inspiration due to your dedication to and success in empowering others to pursue their dreams. You envisioned and brought into fruition a movement that is positive, meaningful, uplifting, inspirational, and thoroughly professional—all at the same time.”– C. Mikki, Austin, Texas

“I don’t think I’ve attended a conference that could hold a candle to the BWRC [Black Writers Reunion & Conference]. It was well planned and organized. Everything that was on the agenda to take place did. We walked away with an abundance of information.” –Joylynn Jossel

“The BWRC can only be described as a total EXPERIENCE. I have been to a number of conferences, both black and white, and none came close to what I experienced in Dallas. I walked away feeling renewed, revived and rededicated to the craft of writing.” –ReShonda Tate Billingsley