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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.

The Meloscriptorium

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.

120min

Chef’s Tables

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.

60-90min

Examples:

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

Examples:

Title: NEW MAGIC – ROOTS IN DIASPORA

Track: Craft

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

Track: Craft

Description: Panelists discuss regional dialects and their significance and proper execution in fiction

Office Hours

A place for crits, pitches, and interviews

One-on-one meetings with industry professionals for page critiques, pitches, and interviews.

Workshops

Learning in small courses

1-2 hosts holding an interactive learning session for classes of up to 15 people

90min-120min

Examples:

Title: THE ART PART

Track: Business

Description: Standards and practices for branding, promotional graphics, and cover design

 

Title: PUBLISHING THROUGH KICKSTARTER

Track: Business

Description: Getting the most out of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for your independent publishing project.