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The Hurston/Wright Foundation provides multiple workshops to serve emerging and midcareer writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Adult writers at all-stages of their writing careers learn from award-winning and acclaimed writers in these craft-focused seminars. Depending on class size and availability, participants submit work for critique in an intimate workshop setting.


2016 Writers Week

In programs
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In programs
  • Publishers Weekly covers the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards

    Founded to support African-American literature and named after celebrated black writers Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright, the nonprofit Hurston/Wright Foundation marked its 25th anniversary with the appointment of a new executive director. The foundation also announced the winners of the annual H/W Legacy Awards,......

  • Washington Post covers the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards

    National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa read works they wrote in tribute to Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston, who once said that black writers “passed nations through their mouths.” “Her two calico dresses are with her for sure.......


The Hurston/Wright Foundation’s annual Legacy Awards Gala is one of the brightest nights in the literary community.  The first Legacy Awards ceremony was held in 2001  to celebrate the trailblazers who paved a way for generations of Black writers and to honor excellence in literature by Black writers. The honors include merit awards  determined by the Board of Directors, juried competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and recognition of college writers. Stars of the literary community join the Hurston/Wright Foundation with tributes to Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, as well as recognitions of other giants who ensure that Black literature is available, accessible and the tradition of writing continues.