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#Kweli22 Writing Conference

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

The Kweli Journal personally invites Shinnecock members to apply and attend their Color of Children’s Literature Conference as well as mentorship throughout the year. Kweli has set aside 10 - 20 scholarships for members of the Shinnecock Nation who have an interest in writing and/or illustrating books for children or teens. The scholarships are for educators and librarians. Educators, by their definition, include parents and other caregivers, as well as teachers and administrators. Librarians include library volunteers and library pages. A stipend will be offered to each participating student.

Applicants can use the following link to apply for the scholarship:

Applications are due March 5, 2022. Kweli plans on holding these scholarship opportunities every year for Shinnecock members.

For more information about Kweli and the virtual conference, click here.


More on Kweli’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference: Kweli Journal will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the Color of Children’s Literature Conference, the nation’s largest conference for children’s and young adult literature serving Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of color, and Arab American writers, on March 25 -27, 2022. Co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the virtual spring conference is an unparalleled opportunity for BIPOC writers and illustrators to learn, get inspired, and connect with others in the industry. Featuring three days of presentations, master classes, workshops, panels, and manuscript critiques with over 70 award-winning authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and publishing experts, the event will feature inspiring keynote conversations between Cozbi A. Cabrera & Michaela Goade, Renée Watson & Jennifer Baker on Saturday, March 26th. Keynote conversations between New York Times bestselling authors Mariko Tamaki & Daniel José Older and Nnedi Okorafor & Ibi Zoboi will close the conference on Sunday, March 27th. Registration remains open through March 4. Thanks to the generosity of Penguin Young Readers, Kweli is able to offer 50 scholarships for educators and librarians of color to attend this year’s conference. For a complete schedule of activities, list of conference notables, and registration information, visit

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