2022 PRESENTERS & SESSIONS

We will continue to add presenters and sessions into April, so keep checking back!

 

 

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Author
Person smiling and sitting with their hands folded, long dark hair and glasses, wearing a black shirt, surrounded by the greenery of a Florida backyard.
How I Made This: The Natural Mother of the Child, in conversation with Krys Malcolm Belc
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Author
A white transmasculine person with a close-shaved buzz cut, large plastic-framed glasses, and reddish beard.
How I Made This: The Natural Mother of the Child
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
Matt Bell
Refuse to Be Done: Writing and Rewriting the Novel
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
Black mixed race woman with curly hair in pink tank top that says Black is Beautiful and a Kenyan skirt in pink and yellow, outdoors in Detroit nature.
How I Made This: Grievers
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Author
Lan Samantha Chang
How to Finish a Novel
Spotlighted Presenter
Poet
A portrait of queer Chinese American poet Chen Chen, standing in front of a large beige apartment building. His hair is dyed an orangey-blonde. He wears clear-framed glasses, a dark purple button-down with gray polka dot pattern, and a gray blazer. His facial expression is gently joyful.
On Beginning (Again)
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Author
Brown-skinned woman in late forties with dark brown and white layered straight hair that falls past shoulders. Brown long sleeve v-neck shirt, brown pearls. In the background, a woods with bare trees.
Writing with a Social Justice Lens
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Author
A brown woman, early fifties, long wavy black hair, facing direct, left hand to face, in a white dress with black zig-zag print, and a maroon Indian fabric scarf.
How to Use The Braided Form to Talk About Things That Matter
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A white woman in her thirties, with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing hoop earrings and a pink coat with a fake fur collar.
Plot Engine Tricks: Getting and Keeping It Moving
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
Ann Hood
The Art of Revision: Welcome to the Party
Spotlighted Presenter
Writer & Educator
A white cis man, aged 50, with square glasses, against the backdrop of a tree with deeply grooved bark.
See-Saws, Tiny Boats, and Distorted Mirrors: Creating Dynamic Characters in Relation to One Another
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A middle-aged Asian American woman in Venice.
Must We Be So Western?
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A fat, Puerto Rican woman in her mid-thirties with long, dark, curly hair, black cateye glasses, and wearing a small smile and a star-speckled navy and gold dress.
Be the Main Character: How to Use Your Own Life to Inspire Your Craft
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
William Martin
Finding the Fiction in History and the History in Fiction
Spotlighted Presenter
Author and High Priestess of Home Mixology
A white woman in her late 30's with short dark curly hair and a black top regards the camera while holding a champagne flute filled with pink liquid to her lips.
Mixology 101 for Writers
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A middle-eastern woman, forty-ish with long brown hair and a beauty mark above her lip that's lately begun asserting itself as a mole.
Truth and Storytelling: On Vulnerability, Privilege, and Who Gets Believed
Spotlighted Presenter
Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature
A Black trans writer and editor in her mid thirties, who looks in her mid twenties, wearing a tank top and a dark red lipstick. Her hair is a cropped short natural.
How To Use Lit Mags & Other Media Outlets to Publicize Your Book
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A white nonbinary person, smiling big and wearing a ball cap with a galaxy-print brim. They are clearly having a rad time.
Writing Collective “We” Narrators
Spotlighted Presenter
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A white woman with short brown hair, one hand on her chin, one hand on a book.
Neuroscience: A Writer’s Secret Weapon to FINISH that Novel
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Author
A white woman in her 60s with streaked straight blond hair in a shoulder length pageboy, wearing red lipstick and a black suit and pearls, sitting in an upholstered armchair with a bouquet of orange and yellow flowers behind her.
Great Beginnings: Perfecting Page One
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A white woman in her forties, with brown hair and eyes.
On Writing About Children
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Maurice Ruffin
Fiction Writing Generative Jumpstarter
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A smiling, middle-aged, mixed Somali American woman with large glasses.
How I Made This: Grievers, in conversation with adrienne maree brown
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
Indian American cisgender woman, black hair, green sweater, leaning against a tree.
Locating Strangeness in Realist and Unreal Fiction
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
BA Shapiro.
Classical Story Structure: You Don't Need to Use It But You Have to Understand It
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A light-skinned South Asian queer femme with short curly hair and red lipstick, in her early-thirties, wearing a black blouse.
Manipulating Time in Narrative
Spotlighted Presenter
Author
A woman in her sixties.
How to Act Your Age and Still Get Published
Spotlighted Presenter
Author & Filmmaker
An East Asian woman with shoulder length black hair and thick black glasses.
Place as Character, Place as Politics
Writer, Editor, & Educator
A Black woman, smiling, with a turquoise Islamic headscarf
Pacing, Pattern, and Plot: Polishing Your Picture Book Manuscript
Author
A white woman in her mid-forties, with dark brown hair and blue eyes, wearing a green scarf around her neck.
Desires, Fears, Urges & Inhibitions: Narrating Your Characters’ Fantasy Lives
Writer
Joy Baglio
Funding Your Writing: What Every Writer Should Know Before Applying for Project-Specific Grants
Writer, Editor, & Educator
A white woman in her early 30s, with a buzz cut, hoop earrings, and a black top.
Writing about Mental Health
Literary Agent
A cisgender East Asian woman smiling in her late 20s, with large tortoiseshell glasses and mid-length, wavy, dark hair.
On Reading Submissions
Journalist & Editor
A white cis woman of Ashkenazi descent in her mid forties, with mid-length blond hair.
When Science Is Your Main Character
Writer
A white cis-woman in her thirties with red hair and large cat-eye glasses.
Writing Sentences that Sing
Writer & Educator
A white nonbinary person in their thirties, with shoulder-length wavy blonde hair, wearing burgundy.
The Otherworld Without the Othering
Writer & Founder of Goodjelly
Christine Carron
Muse Daily Gather
Writer
A Black cis woman, in her mid-30s, with short black hair and rectangular glasses.
A Glitch in Time: Time Loop Films as Narrative Vehicles for the Pandemic Essay
Literary Agent
Lucy Cleland
The Art of the NonFiction Book Proposal
Writer
Kim Coleman Foote
Funding Your Writing Getaway and More: Residencies and Merit Fellowships
Literary Agent
A white cis woman in her thirties, with long brown hair, freckles, and a black and white collared shirt.
"I Hate My Cover!" and Other Tribulations: An Agent-Led Session on How to Navigate the Not-So-Good, the Really-Quite-Bad, and the Ugly of Publishing a Book
Writer
Brown-skinned woman, wearing a striped dress with leaves in the background
Black to the Future: Afrofuturism and the New World
Author
A white blonde woman in her early fifties.
Rejection Doesn’t Have to Suck: Turning it into a Positive
Author
A tall, dark-haired white woman wearing a t-shirt that says "Feminist" sits on a beach, smiling at the camera.
Interview Hacks: How to Give Author Interviews that Connect With, Engage, and Excite Readers
Author
A smiling white woman in her mid-fifties with wavy short brown hair and wearing sparkly gold earrings and a black v-neck blouse and sweater.
What Fiction Writers Can Learn (and Must Unlearn) From Journalism
Writer & Educator
A mixed-race (white/South Asian) woman in her forties with glasses and mid-length greying brown hair.
Writing While Multilingual: How to Leverage Your Languages for Strong Fiction
Agent & Founder of Fairbank Literary
Sorche Fairbank
Query Lab: Live Feedback on Query Letters
Author
White cis man, in his mid 50s, with dark hair in an open collar shirt and jacket.
When Science Is Your Main Character
Literary Agent
Black woman with wavy interlocs, wearing a sleeveless aqua dress, a Coreen Simpson black cameo, and smiling brightly.
Don’t Just Try to Please Me: On Incorporating Editorial Feedback (Or Not)
Author
Kerrie Flanagan
Magazine Writing Made Simple
Writer & Editor
A light-skinned Middle Eastern woman in her thirties, wearing thick glasses and an asymmetrical haircut (both dark brown).
Pacing, Pattern, and Plot: Polishing Your Picture Book Manuscript
Comic Artist & Writer
A nonbinary Chinese-American in their twenties, with dark purple hair and wearing a purple jumpsuit.
Identity, Folklore, and Magic: Showing (Not Telling) Identity Conflicts in Graphic Novels
Author
A white woman in her thirties wearing a green shirt and a beige sweater, crossing her arms and making eye contact at the camera.
Hero of Another Story: The Antagonist Who Drives the Story Forward
Author
Christine Gross-Loh
Writing the Extremely Personal
Author
A Chinese-Indian woman in her early thirties wearing black glasses with shoulder length black hair.
How Interviews Can Fuel Your Book Project
Historian & Lecturer
Sana Haroon
The Historian and the Historical Novel: How to Research Your Novel With (or Like) a Historian
Agent & Founder of Howland Literary
Carrie Howland
Don't Send Your Query Letter with a Box of Doughnuts: How NOT to Become an Anecdote
Literary Agent
Kaitlyn Johnson
Common Publishing Myths... Debunked
Author
A white woman with long blonde hair and blue eyes, wearing a blue denim jacket.
Food Writing Across Genres
Author
Henriette Lazaridis
Two Sessions: The Motivated Writer & Writing While Multilingual: How to Leverage Your Languages for Strong Fiction
Author
A Filipina woman in her 40s, with long black hair.
Queering Historical Fiction: Who Gets to Tell Which Stories?
Author
A white man in his early 50s with short gray-brown hair and a well trimmed beard.
Re-Envision Your Revision
Writer & Educator
A white woman in her early thirties, with teal earrings, long brown hair, and a gray shirt.
Imagining the Gaps in Memoir: How to Write a Story When the Story Runs Out
Agent & Founder of GO Literary
White female with long brown hair and a big smile, 30 in this picture.
First Impressions: How To Hook an Agent/Editor with Your Opening Pages
Author
Write Night | The Mystery and Magic of Flash Fiction Prompts
Writer & Educator
A black woman in her mid thirties wears a blue dress with a bird print while seated at a desk. Her hair done up in a bouffant and she has a small smile for the camera.
Place as Character: Bringing the World to Life on the Page
Author
A white cis woman in early fifties, long brown hair and brown eyes, chin in hands.
Who’s Driving this Bus?: Separating Your Narrator From Your Character in Memoir
Writer & Marketing Coach
A white female person with short, dark hair and a big smile, wearing a blue-green sweater.
Writing Like a Parent, Parenting Like a Writer
Author
A woman with brown hair and a striped shirt, standing outside.
Just My Opinion: Writing (and Landing) Op-Eds and Guest Essays
Author
A woman in her late 40s with straight brown hair, wearing a green jacket, sitting in a tree.
The Writer as Sleuth: Mystery Novel Problems and How to Solve Them
Author
A white woman in her forties with long brown hair and bangs.
The Rhythm and Structure of Memoir
Author
Courtney Sender.
Writing the Extremely Personal: Sex, Health, Family
Writer & Editor
An Asian-American cisgender woman with long hair in front of a black background.
Writing Desire: Using Physical Intimacy and the Erotic in Fiction
Writer & Educator
Shubha Sunder
The Two-World Problem: Challenges and Opportunities in Writing Immigrant Stories
Author
An Indian woman with wavy black hair.
The Historian and the Historical Novel: How to Research Your Novel With (or Like) a Historian
Writer
A white woman with curly hair and hoop earrings.
Navigating the World of Literary Magazines
Writer, Director, Actress, & Educator
Paloma seated at a chair. She wears a neon green turtleneck and a grey plaid blazer. She smiles slightly. she wears glasses and has curly brown hair.
Place as Character: Bringing the World to Life on the Page
Writer & Educator
An African American woman wearing shoulder-length dreadlocks, attired in a black top with a disc-shaped pendant necklace.
For BIPOC Writers: Get Invited to Read at Literary Conferences

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