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The African-American Writers' Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.

We help one another polish our skills, provide peer review, and create opportunities for public readings and other media venues. Ultimately the group encourages members to publish individually and collectively.

Our stories—triumphs, tragedies, and whatever is within and between the two—are the history of African Americans. We must tell our stories in our words and encourage others to do the same.



The African-American Writers' Alliance, a diverse and dynamic collective of Seattle-area writers of African descent, provides an informal and supportive forum for new and published writers.
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We are published authors and novices. We are professional writers and late-night storytellers. We are Baby Boomers and Millennials. We are world travelers, we are homebodies. We are African-American men and women from all walks of life who have words bursting to make their way through us.

Our History

Californian Randee Eddins called to order what became the first meeting of the African-American Writers’ Alliance in February 1991. She encouraged an exchange of ideas, works in progress, and sharing our poems, stories, essays, plays, and novels. In this mutually supportive setting, writers listened and shared their work without censure.

AAWA continues its mission at our monthly meetings (Saturdays, Columbia City Branch of the Seattle Library, 10:00 a. m. until noon). The fringe benefit is sharing what we write with an audience other than ourselves. We read in many Puget Sound venues: Elliot Bay Bookstore, Columbia City Gallery, Third Place Books (Seward Park), and Bin 41.

AAWA has published five anthologies: Sometimes I Wander in 1998, Gifted Voices in 2000, Words? Words! Words in 2004, Threads in 2009, and Voices That Matter in 2018.