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The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce.


Named for literary geniuses, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the Hurston/Wright Foundation was founded in 1990 by award-winning author Marita Golden and bibliophile/cultural historian Clyde McElvene. Hurston/Wright was established to be a resource center for training and a gateway to ensure the unique experience and voice of African Americans in literature.

Who We Are

The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers.


The Hurston/Wright Foundation serves aspiring and emerging writers, published authors, readers and supporters of Black literature. Hurston/Wright programs, awards, special events and literary resources aim to impact the literature community and those who contribute to the enrichment of it.

What we Do

Since 1996, the Hurston/Wright Foundation has partnered with published authors and universities, such as American University and Howard University, to provide workshops for youth and adult writers.

Youth: Our youth programs close the achievement gaps in reading, writing and comprehension for high school students in under served communities.

Adults: These programs provide writers with instruction and connections with nationally recognized and award-winning writers, publishing executives, editors and agents.

The programs and services of Hurston/Wright are designed to discover, educate, mentor, and develop, Black writers at every level of their development.

Currently, there are no organizations in the DC Metro area like Hurston/Wright that offer multi-genre writing workshops, an entrée into the business of publishing as well as awards for African American college students and adult writers.

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​The Hurston/Wright Foundation is led and supported by a diverse board of directors and an advisory board of notables from the national literary community that includes Toni Morrison, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Terry McMillan, E. Ethelbert Miller, and hundreds of community volunteers.