Artwork by Thaddeus Howze


Content updated March 25, 2017 by Audrey T. Williams

Our Mission

The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop amplifies the voices of emerging and established writers and artists of color who create surreal, futurist, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, dystopian, apocalyptic, weird, or absurdist literature and art, centered in perspectives of people of color.

We welcome participation and contributions from anyone interested in such works.

All Allies are always welcome!

  • By showcasing the voices and work of writers and artists of color, our communities are invigorated by exposure to new, highly imaginative, creative cultural art via public readings, performances, festivals, conferences, and collaborations.
  • By addressing professional development and the business needs of working writers and artists through workshops and retreats on topics such as: generating new creative work; finding funding; negotiating commissions, contracts, and budgets; applying to residencies; formatting work for submissions; marketing and publicity; and self-care and wellness…sustainable, resilient, culture-based art practices are supported.

Our Board

Rochelle Spencer – Founder @rochellespencer

Thaddeus Howze – Co.Director  @ebonstorm

Dera Williams – Program Director / Assistant Organizer @dwillwrite

Audrey T. Williams – Co.Director / Program Coordinator  @2ImagineFutures


Partnerships with other literary and cultural arts organizations provide intersectional community art spaces to create and share original work.

The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop is affiliated with
The Association of Writers and Poets of Color (AWPOC; formerly known as The Association of Black and Brown Writers) and has
501(c)3 fiscal sponsorship for digital/multimedia projects through the Oakland Light Factory as well as general fiscal sponsorship with Nomadic Press.

On Twitter: @SurrealAfro
On Facebook: afrosurrealwriters

In 2017, we will be hosting a number of readings and workshops. We’ll also be donating comic books and works of speculative fiction to the Prisoners Literature Project, based in Berkeley, California.

For more information about our programs, please be sure to check back for updates.

You can also email us anytime!

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