The Hurston/Wright Foundation provides multiple workshops to serve emerging and midcareer writers in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The Writers Weekend Workshop, hosted in early Spring, provides 2 days of professional instruction and feedback from acclaimed authors in an intensive workshop setting. The weeklong Writers Week Workshop, hosted in late July/early August, provides participants professional instruction and feedback from acclaimed authors in workshops, craft and industry seminars, and intensive sessions.
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.
Through the teen writing program, the Hurston/Wright Foundation guides young people to express themselves through poetry and fiction. Youth ages 14-18 work to develop and improve their skills in creative and academic writing over a two-week period in late summer. In addition, the workshop features lessons and practice for the college application essay.
The Book Club Public Reading Series features appearances by acclaimed authors that are free and open to the public. These Spring and Summer events draw writers and readers eager to hear top literary talent read from their published works or works in progress. Each session is followed by a Q&A discussion on story, craft, and the writer’s journey.
To honor the literary genius of Zora Neale Hurston (Birthdate: January 7, 1891) and Richard Wright (Birthdate: September 4, 1908), the Hurston/Wright Foundation hosts public readings and discussions to remember and celebrate their achievements.
The Legacy Awards recognize and honor the best in Black literature through an annual juried competition. Independent judges read and vote on submissions in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The nominees are announced in the Summer. The winners and finalists are announced at the Hurston/Wright Foundation’s annual Legacy Awards Gala, hosted in October.
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.