We’re very excited to bring you a weekend of online community, conversation, and resources centering the perspectives and experiences of writers of color.
FIYAHCON content will be organized by three tracks: Craft, Business, and Community. We’ll keep you engaged with one another through the FIYAHCON Discord. Get involved through programming or volunteering on staff over on the Get Involved page.
A music room set apart for writing
FIYAHCON’s space for scheduled write-ins and guided sprints, complete with writing prompts and author-curated playlists themed by mood and atmosphere to keep the inspiration flowing.
Cooking and food culture with SFF people
What your characters eat tells us a lot about their environment, their economy, and their culture. Who prepares it can be an anthropological study on its own. Join hosts streaming recipes from their kitchens as they discuss food as a vital element of world-building and cultural identity in SFF.
Host: MICHI TROTA Makes Spam Musubi
Description: Michi talks dystopian meats and world-building using Filipino food culture live from her kitchen
The Tea House
A place for cakes, gardens, and gatherings
We got tired of not being able to spell “kaffeklatsch” right on the first try, so welcome to the FIYAHCON Tea House, a space for breakout rooms, small, informal group discussions, strolls through one another’s kitchens, home gardens, tea cabinets, and more.
Panels + Presentations
Exactly what it sounds like
Panels: a group of people taking part in a discussion for an audience (up to 4 panelists + 1 moderator)
Presentations: a single host speaking in a lecture format (1 host)
50 min each
Title: NEW MAGIC – ROOTS IN DIASPORA
Description: Traditional publishing’s “diversity” requirements often force writers of color to source their magic and cultural systems from “motherlands” or foreign roots of origin to be considered “authentic”. This panel explores the beauty and magic systems authentic to peoples of diaspora origins.
Title: AAVE, Pidgin, and the Global Patois
Description: Panelists discuss regional dialects and their significance and proper execution in fiction
Title: THE ART PART
Description: Standards and practices for branding, promotional graphics, and cover design
Title: PUBLISHING THROUGH KICKSTARTER
Description: Getting the most out of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for your independent publishing project.