Muslim Women's Literary Conference (MWLC)

The Daybreak Press Muslim Women’s Literary Conference is an annual conference which brings together Muslim women writers across all genres. From bloggers and journalists to novelists and poets – the Muslim Women’s Literary Conference is an opportunity for communities to reorganize Muslim women’s voices in the literary landscape. The literary conference also provides an opportunity to celebrate Daybreak Award Winners. Proposals are accepted each year between the end of May and the end of July. Follow the Rabata newsletter for details!


"I didn't think I would benefit as much as I did from the conference because I am not an author or serious writer.
I was wrong! My voice matters, period." - Maha Gaafar
"The speakers took me into a whole different realm of understanding on the impact of our authentic narratives as Muslim women.
[The panels] encouraged me to be a better me!" - Eman Manigat
"Created to provide a platform to celebrate, promote, and encourage Muslim women writers, MWLC is a fantastic initiative for the ever-growing niche of Muslim women with literary ambitions." - Zainab Bint Younus
"Daybreak Press lets women recognise their identities by taking a firm hold of their own narrative." - Fatimah Gomez
"Admittedly, this conference with brilliant, hard-working Muslim women did more than motivate me to write; it increased my interest in reading Islamic stories and writing for purpose, rather than achievement." - Shereen Hakim



Speakers List Conferences in 2015-2019


Keynotes: Dr. Tamara Gray, Executive Director of Rabata & Najiyah Maxfield, Editorial Director of Daybreak Press Publishing

  • Afshan Malik
  • Ambareen Syed
  • Asma Nizami
  • Hanan Hazime
  • Jamillah Karim, PhD
  • Jenny Triplett
  • Kaltun Karani
  • Khadijah Rashid
  • Nahela Morales
  • Rahma Mohamed
  • Rukayat Yakub
  • Saadia Mian, MD
  • Sara Bawany
  • Shehnaz Karim
  • Tayyaba Syed
  • Umm Juwairiyah (Maryam Sullivan)
  • Yvonne Moffei