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  • Writer's pictureSandra Barret

My Schedule at Arisia

I’ll be heading into Boston tomorrow for the Arisia convention. I hope to meet up with a few of you while I’m there, so here’s the events I hope to attend:

SAT – 10am  Writing the Other — Writing, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)How do you write characters whose lives are far outside your own experience? Where do you turn for research, and how do you work that research into the story in a believable way? When, and how, should you talk to or interview people with those experiences?D. L. Carter, Mikki Kendall, Don Sakers, Nisi Shawl (m)SAT – 11:30am QUILTBAG Representation in YA — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Faneuil (3W)QUILTBAG refers to people who are queer or questioning, unidentified, intersex, lesbian, trans*, bisexual, asexual, gay, and/or genderqueer. Many teenagers identify somewhere along this spectrum, but not many YA books feature QUILTBAG characters. This has begun to change for the better in recent years! Let’s talk about books with QUILTBAG characters and how authors have done well—or poorly—in portraying them, and about what we’d like to see in the future.Gillian Daniels, Adam Lipkin, Victor Raymond PhD, Julia Rios (m), Emily Wagner SAT 1pm – Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading — Writing, Reading — 1hr 30min — Hale (3W)Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come hear samples from the works of several members of the Broad Universe organization.Terri Bruce, Kelly Hashway, Rachel Kenley, Ellen Larson, Catherine Lundoff, Gail Z Martin, KT Pinto, Jennifer Allis Provost, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Roberta Rogow, Connie Wilkins, Trisha Wooldridge, Phoebe WraySAT 2:30pm  – Carl Brandon Society Awards Ceremony — Events, Lecture — 2hr — Grand B (1W)The Carl Brandon Society presents their Kindred and Parallax Awards for 2011. The Carl Brandon Parallax Award is given to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color. The Carl Brandon Kindred Award is given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group.Andrea Hairston, Tenea Johnson, Nisi ShawlSAT 4pm – Guest of Honor Reading with Tanya Huff — GOH, Reading — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)Come listen to Arisia 2014’s Writer Guest of Honor read from a selection of her works.Tanya Huff

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