What is Amplify?

Amplify is a storytelling conference for people of color.

We write, produce, craft, investigate, report as a means to tell our and our communities stories, because the stories we hear about us are not told by us. As storytellers, we contribute to and preserve culture, we entertain with anecdotes, and most importantly, we shape the popular narratives, fictional or factual, that inform public opinion and in turn, public policy.

Amplify is a chance to connect with other storytellers, learn from their mastery, and explore issues that influence your work including race, class, community, and ethics.


Should I attend?

Whether you are just starting your career as a storyteller through online essays and op-eds, podcasting as a self-made journalist, or publishing as a seasoned MFA, attending Amplify means you are a storyteller who understands why convening together in these times is important.

We’re going to spend time talking about race & color and what it means to tell stories from these spaces. But we’ll also get to the meat of it so you can hone your craft, learn from masters, and meet other storytellers.

Anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color is welcome. Amplify also welcomes queer, trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid individuals.


Can I speak at Amplify?

We would love to hear your proposal, which you can submit here


Are you looking
for sponsors?

Yes! Please contact us here and we'll get back to you. 


How much are tickets?

Early-bird tickets start at $30 per ticket if you buy with a friend and $40 for one; tickets are available here on Eventbrite. Scholarships are available on a need-basis, please contact us at here for more info.


Where is Amplify?

Berkeley, California. Make sure to pack at least a half dozen layers. It gets hot/ chilly/ humid/ windy here.