Track B

Palestinian Futurism

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 […]

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Homegoings: Death Isn’t Always Mourning

In 2018, BookRiot argued that grief in kidlit falls in four main schools: either the Rowling, Riordan, Lewis or Tolkien model. However, grief and mourning within Communities of Colour focus on homegoming and celebrating life. These Kidlit authors discuss loss and grief from the eyes of young folk, and how to better serve them in […]

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[Re]writing for the Screen

Ever dreamed of having your story adapted? How do you convince Hollywood to call you? How well will your story translate on-screen? Industry practitioners and authors come together to discuss these questions and more.

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Rated R: The Nexus of Body Horror and Medical Racism

America and Science Fiction have a history of medical racism and eugenicist rhetoric that dovetail to fuel BIPOC nightmares. This panel reckons with body horror, both in real hospitals and fictional laboratories, to help us understand the ramifications and future of our bodies as autonomous. Or not?

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Who Are Book Reviews for, Anyway?

This panel will discuss how to write meaningful long-form reviews, as well as the business of being a reviewer. We will go over how to orient reviews towards audiences that aren’t traditionally reached by the publishing industry and engage new readers, plus how to establish and maintain relationships with publishers. This panel will cover how […]

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Non-Western Gothic

How do authors writing in non western traditions subvert the tenants of a genre that has cast them as the villains to explore their own stories of fear, dread, mystery and corruption? Who becomes the “other” or “doppelganger” in a story written by the feared “doppelgangers” themselves? This panel will explore how BIPOC writers have […]

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Fan Service

In spite of what some may say, many professional writers came up in fandom and wrote fanfiction– and some still do to this day. What skills have they taken from this experience? In what ways do fanfiction and original work differ from one another? Is working on licensed work just like writing fic?

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