Black Writers on Tour 2013 rolls into the Carson Community Center on April 27 for a day of discussions, workshops, performances and more.

The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 801 E. Carson St. in Carson, is free and will feature 10 seminars and workshops for writers, aspiring writers and the general public. There are seven free seminars, including a poetry jam competition from 4-6 p.m., and a “Let the Elders Speak” forum from 1-2:30 p.m. featuring individuals 65 to 100 speaking on the topic: “Facing Today’s Challenges, the Role of the Elders and What they Must do to Shape a Better Future for the Next Generation.”

Another session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. will present a close-up look at the jobs/careers in the publishing industry, and finally an open mic will be held from 1-2 p.m.

The 12 paid seminars range from “What You Need to Know When Writing Poetry” to a creative writing class for beginners, to what literary agents are looking for. The cost ranges from $50 for one seminar to $100 for all of them.