The conversation on Palestine has often been largely defined by outside voices reshaping the past in order to legitimize the destruction of the Palestinian present and future. Despite this, Palestinians continue to write their own futures and fantasies in bold ways, carving out space to redefine the narrative of their own identities. Join our panelists […]
Screening on the speculative film, “Fevered Dreams,” with a Q & A with writer/director L. M. Davis and stars Sydni Perry and Tara Warren, moderated by Nicole Sconiers. Discussion will include the filmmaking process, including fundraising and all components of production (during a pandemic) as well as a discussion of the themes of the film.
Move over, emotionally constipated lone wolf! In this house, we stan himbos, soft bois, malewives, and every kind of masculinity there is except for the toxic kind. But how do we write men in a way that makes them act more human—especially in relation to other men and women? This panel will count the ways.
Is it hot in here or is this panel definitely NSFW? There are many infamous examples of bad (published!) smut, and yet we hardly celebrate the good smut or talk about how to write it. These authors are here to tell you how to stop giggling long enough to write that first sentence, how to […]
Poetry makes the mundane fabulous; how, then, does it transform the fabulous? How do you know when your speculative subject matter is best conveyed in the form of a poem? When should grief be brought to numbers, and when do you choose free verse? How much worldbuilding is too much and how does the form […]
For as long as humans exist, stories will get retold. But what stories get retold? Who gets to retell them and why? And how does it serve these authors of color and their audiences when they take stories from dominantly white cultures and reskin, re-situate, re-contextualize them?
Do you think Tolkien realized the racist implications of the inter-cultural dynamics of Middle Earth? Does it make you shudder when there is no gravitas to a body count, even when it’s “just” elves and dwarves offing each other? Are you tired of “evil” and “primitive” races being coded as people of color? Well, so […]
Who’s in charge of your world? Why are they there? How did they obtain that power and at whose expense? And what does it mean to be “in charge” anyway, especially if someone else is pulling the strings? All these questions and more will be dealt with in this panel.
From nondescript protein slush to lavish 3D-printed meals, the way our characters eat establishes both their personalities and the worlds around them. Join our panelists as they discuss some of their favorite fictional foods, cutting-edge culinary technology, innovations they’ve incorporated into their writing, and more!
Fiction dealing with climate change has always been popular, but as the most pressing issue of our times evolves, our vision of how climate change affects or threatens us has also changed. Join our panelists as they discuss climate change in real life and in fiction: the scenarios we’ve examined or discarded, the dangers we […]