Saturday is the Conference Day — Sat. June 21
NOT A COMPLETE LIST. The rest of the sessions will be added as we round out the schedule, rooms, times, etc. The ones below are confirmed. Readings, too, will be announced closer to the event.
Race. Disability. Gender. Sexual Orientation. Representation in the books, and in those writing the books, matters. Sensitivity readers went from being required to being dismissed at some publishing houses. Are writers allowed to write about something they haven’t experienced themselves?
In this discussion, our panelists will have an open discussion about the current state of representation, why it matters, how to approach the writing about other people’s experiences, and how we all can be part of the conversation. **Please note: the opinions are just that, and the panelists are not here to solve the publishing world’s problems. Rather, they were asked to participate on, and lead the panel discussion with the room to bring more points of view to the table, and create positive dialogue around important topics. One hour will never be enough time to discuss it all, and we hope the session will spark conversation, not be the final word on it.