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LGBTQ+ Characters Done Well

LGBTQ+ Characters Done Well

Does an author have to identify as LGBTQ+ in order to create a believable LGBTQ+ character ? Are there cishet writers who have written this kind of representation respectfully, wisely, and kindly? Ellen Klages (M), Elizabeth Leggett, Alex Jennings, Naseem Jamnia, Fiona Moore Atlanta/New York

The Upcoming Impact of AI on Media

The Upcoming Impact of AI on Media

By now, we’ve all heard the buzz: generative AI is ripping into the art and publishing worlds and leaving a giant mess in its wake. What do we expect the long-term impact will be? And how can artists and authors safeguard their work from the data scrapers? Nancy Jane Moore (M), R.W.W. Greene, Jared Shurin, …

Witch Literature

Witch Literature

Let’s get witchy! What exactly is witch literature? While our initial thoughts might turn toward urban fantasy, this subgenre can delve into other subgenres as well. Join our panel as they discuss just what makes this genre tick. Emma Törzs (M), Jonathan Strahan, J.H. Fleming, Kate Heartfield, Louise Marley/Louisa Morgan Empire A/B

Neurodivergence in Fantasy

Neurodivergence in Fantasy

There’s a high incidence of neurodivergence amongst creatives, and they’re bit by bit chipping away at some of the less-than-stellar portrayals ADHD and autistic people have received in popular media over the years. Join our panel of neurodivergent individuals as they talk about what characters they love, which ones make them cringe, and the direction …