AWP18 Panel Proposal Interests
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Panel NamePanel Description/Proposal IdeaStatement of MeritPoint of Contact
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Writing the Invisible: Genderqueer Writers on Writing and Representing Outside the Gender
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How does one write about genders that are often “invisible”? How do non-cis writers navigate a writing and publishing world rife with misgendering and identity erasure? How can one bring alive to the page and exist as a demographic that often goes unseen outside the realms of literature? Be it through fiction, poetry, playwrighting, or comics and graphic novels, this panel features transgender and gender nonconforming writers as they discuss the challenges of writing outside the gender binary, and how one can make one’s characters, narrative, and personal identity visible - both on and off the page.Nothing has been in more demand recently than the need for diverse books that star POC and LGBTQ characters. With transgender and gender nonconforming characters especially overlooked, representation of their lives is particularly urgent. This panel addresses the common issues and
challenges transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming authors and poets face when crafting stories and poems that often feature characters whose identities often go unnoticed, and discusses how one can preserve those lives through literature.
If interested, please contact Tiff Ferentini at ferentinit@yahoo.com or message on Facebook
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Writing Resistance: LGBTQ Writing as a Platform for ChangeWill update soon with a more drafted, solid panel proposal - Want to develope a panel on activism, and how writing can be used as a platform for activism - partily in the LGBTQ community.If interested, please contact Tiff Ferentini at ferentinit@yahoo.com or message on Facebook
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Crafting Our Stories: Exploring the Possibiliities Beyond the Coming Out Narrative.So you've written a story, but your instincts crafted it using non-LGBT characters. Should you adapt it to feature us? This panel will focus on the benefits of exploring LGBT characters and themes in stories you may not have realized could. We will discuss both the philosophical angle: do we have a responsibility to do so--after all, if we don't, who will? as well as practical craft approaches--how does one go about making these changes? Collectively, we'll better appreciate the possibilities using our point of view offers a narrative.As writers, we have to consider how our work can reach as broad of an audience as possible; however, we also have a responsibility to explore issues relevant to our community. So, how can we merge these two concerns? How can we both explore our stories and characters while also considering a wider audience? This is the type of challenge facing any minority group, but one, especially given our continued struggles for mainstream acceptance, our writers should address.If interested, please contact Brad Windhauser at virgowriter@gmail.com. Interested thus far (and what their portion might cover): Brad (literary short stories), Tiff Ferentini (young adult, historical fiction), Brian Kornell (using genre conventions to tackle queer content).
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And the Earth Did Not Swallow Us: Writing Lessons from Former Farmworkers(still in progress) Seeking writers of color who have worked as migrant/seasonal Farmworkers for a discussion of thier work and discussion of farmworker lit.PANEL FILLED AND SUBMITTED!!
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Let it Out: How personal narratives can help build a more inclusive first-year writing classroomCreating inclusive classrooms for first-year students can be challenging because many students dread sharing their personal stories. Creative writing, however, offers techniques to sharing these stories and making students feel welcome in the classroom. Furthermore, creative writing can change how we even discuss diversity and inclusion in the first-year writing classroom. Panelists will share classroom strategies that can also be applied to the larger campus and surrounding communities.With America’s current political climate, where discussions about race, gender, immigration, and identity are prominent, instructors face the challenge of creating a classroom environment that welcomes all voices. Reading and writing personal narratives allows students to empathize with others, develop their voice, and gain agency. Creative writing, therefore, can encourage students to take what they learned and extend it outside the classroom.Pedagogy panel, but interested in variety of voices, especially using immigrant narratives and LGBTQ+ narratives in the first-year classroom. If interested, contact Bronson Lemer at blemer@hotmail.com
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Teaching in the Times of TrumpTeaching always presents challenges, but recent political tensions have made it increasingly difficult to navigate classroom spaces, especially for teachers who are queer and/or of color. This panel examines challenges and opportunities in creative writing and composition classrooms still working on thisPedagogy panel. Similar to the one above, but looking less at content within the classroom as much as situations that rise within the classroom space. If interested, contact Samantha Tetangco at stetangco@gmail.com.
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