2020 Panels & Workshops

The panels and workshops scheduled for ClexaCon 2020

Check out the panels, workshops and podcasts scheduled for ClexaCon 2020 and check back for more as they are added over the coming weeks!

10 Years of Queer Representation on Warehouse 13

Panelists: Miranda Butler, Jillian Nusbaum

The panel will discuss how diverse and intersectional fan readings of queerness shaped the fandom and evolved in the ten years since the first season of Warehouse 13 ended. Topics include Bering and Wells, queer artifacts, demi, ace, and trans character readings, Steve Jinks, and more.

14 Steps to Successfully Self-publishing Your Fabulous Novel

Panelists: Victoria Stagg Elliott, Karen Shoffner, Anne Hagan, E.A. Kafkalas

Self-publishing on retail platforms such as Amazon has become a powerful way for writers to get a wide array of wonderful stories out to the world and make money doing it, although it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. There’s lots of information and misinformation about the best way to self-publish. A panel of experienced self-published authors will cut through the noise and tell you what you really need to know and do to successfully self-publish your fabulous novel without spending a lot of money or wasting time on stuff you don’t need.

Amber Benson: Tara Maclay and the Legacy of Buffy

Panelists: Amber Benson

Lesbian relationships had been addressed on US television before, but none made a greater impact in the early 2000s than Buffy’s Willow Rosenberg and Tara Maclay. Though revered and heralded as TV’s first long-term lesbian relationship, they were not immune to the BYG trope, and Tara’s death would echo years later with the loss of Lexa. In a TV landscape that offered few lesbian characters, Tara Maclay was a beacon for many women who were desperately searching for representation in the nineties. Amber’s portrayal of the quiet yet powerful witch continues to endure and cross generational boundaries; no matter how old we are, we can all find a piece of ourselves in Tara Maclay.

Aromantic and/or Asexual Meetup

This is a safe space to discuss asexual and aromantic identities and experiences. Whether you’ve identified as ace/aro for awhile or you’re new to the journey–or even if you just have questions and want to learn more–come connect and make new friends!

Badass Boundaries: Conversations about Consent for Creative Projects & Social Interactions in a Post #MeToo World

Panelists: Erin Tillman, Jimanekia Eborn, Cassie Brighter , August McLaughlin, Justine Cross

With the fierce momentum of the #MeToo movement, it has become clear that the conversation around consent is in the process of major evolution. The Dating Advice Girl and author of the Consent Guidebook, Erin Tillman moderates a panel of experts from ranging from professional dominatrix, therapist, to sexuality podcaster. This panel will discuss consent through the Basics of Boundaries, Digital Consent, The Assumption of Consent and the Pop Culture Connection, How To Have Productive Consent Conversations, and Holding Others Accountable, and Enthusiastic Consent. Note: While the conversation surrounding consent can be triggering, this is meant to be a productive conversation of how we can all improve and be empowered together, not traumabond.

Bad Romance: How Media Can Show Us What NOT To Do In Our Own Relationships

Panelists: Rachael Rose, Liz Powell

Edward and Bella, Lloyd Dobler and Diane, Allie and Noah, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy – romance is a huge force in the arts and media. Yet, how many of these relationships actually include dynamics we would, or should, want to replicate in our own lives? When we look at the examples that have been framed as the epitome of romance, we see iffy consent practices, control issues, deceit, and other problematic elements. Should these really be the examples we aspire to? Where can we turn for examples of love that we would actually want to emulate, especially if we’re queer? Join Dr. Liz Powell and sex educator Rachael Rose to discuss how love stories in the media impact and shape our lives, what this means for folks who aren’t well represented, and how we can work to create fictional relationships that more closely reflect the values of healthy real-world relationships.

Bi+ Representation in the Media

Despite bi+ people making up one of the largest portions of the LGBTQ community, bisexual representation is still rare in media. When bi+ characters do exist, they are often portrayed as mentally unstable, flighty, and unfaithful. These stereotypes are harmful to our community and the way in which we are treated by others in real life. Join us as we discuss the importance of improving bi+ representation and inclusion in television and film and celebrate the positive, well-rounded characters that we are starting to see.

Building Tables: Queer and WOC Representation in Gaming Media

Panelists: Kandi J. Williams, Unika C, Kalia G, Katie L, Cristi M, Darcy R

Breaking down barriers in the tabletop gaming and video gaming world for queer people and women of color. Don’t wait for a space at their table, build your own. Join us as we build our own table to create content with diverse cooperative storytelling, creative problem-solving, and community for those who want to embrace their nerdiness.

Carmilla Fan Meetup

Let’s keep Carmilla alive and inspire Shaftesbury to make #MoreCarmilla. Despite no new content recently, the Carmilla fandom is still going strong. New Creampuffs are still being created today. Meet other Creampuffs and share your love for this tiny journalist and her broody gay vampire.

Cartooning 101: How to Thumbnail Comics

Panelists: June Kim

Have you ever tried to draw that one amazing fanfic scene in your head, got stuck because you couldn’t figure out how to translate it to comics?
This workshop will focus on basic of thumbnailing; how to layout panel and plan storytelling with images, and artfully control the reader’s experience.
Participants will draw a collaborative comic, followed by a short lecture.

Chemistry Class (the Sexy Kind)

Panelists: Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, Fiona Riley, Elle Spencer, Sandra Lowe, KC Richardson

You can’t create a hot female couple without perfect, sexy chemistry. Join these best-selling romance writers as they discuss the importance of chemistry and the formulas they use to get it just right, keeping their readers turned on and turning the pages well into the night.

ClexaCon Collabs: How to Make Queer Content With Your New Best Friends

Panelists: Kristina Pupo, Elishia Constantine, Marjorie Burgos

Every creator needs a producer, every writer an editor and every woman, a BFF. Clexacon is the perfect place to find your creative team and take your vision from paper to production. Two Queer women share their success story of how their Clexacon meet-cute developed into a strong creative partnership yielding a podcast, and the production of a pilot for their series, Out in Love. With tips on long distance pre-production, team building and nailing creative chemistry; learn how to take your new connections to the next level and build your own queer empire with a little help from your friends.

The ClexaCon Film Festival Filmmaker Forum

Moderator: Stacy Calvert
Panelists: Sophia Clark, Gretchen Wylder

Join filmmakers from this year’s ClexaCon Film Festival and learn about how they brought their projects to life.

Crafting the Queer Supernatural

Panelists: Nell Stark, Robyn Nyx, Brey Willows, Barbara Ann Wright, Missouri Vaun, Sheri Lewis Wohl

Demons, time-travelers, witches, vampires, and were-panthers are only a few of the supernatural beings featured in the work of these LGBTQ+ panelists. We’ll discuss world-building strategies, the ins and outs of not-quite-human character development, and how to make time-honored fantasy and paranormal tropes fresh in new contexts.

Creating and Consuming Fan-Art

Panelists: Braxie Jacobson, Abbie Bosworth, Chloe, Foley, Danielle Selke, Krysta Parisi

We’re bringing together a broad group of humans of all sexualities, gender non-conformities, and art mediums to discuss how consuming and creating Fan-Art has helped lead us to where we are today, and it’s role in a community like the LGBTQ+ community!

Crewing Up (Thursday Creator Lab)

Panelists: Jaclyn Chessesn, Caitlin Combe

What to know and look for as you crew up your project.

Define Relationship: The Undeniable Queerness of Killing Eve

Panelists: Candice Jones, Terrance McDale

Killing Eve is not only one of the best shows on TV, it’s one of the queerest. We make the case for Villaneve, discuss season 3 developments and address why queerbaiting was never relevant to this subversive series.

Directing Sex Scenes

Panelists: Christin Baker, Jessica Clark

When done well, sex scenes can add a lot to a story, but what does it take to actually film them? Is it as awkward as you’d think?! Join filmmakers in the business as they break down what it really takes to film a sex scene, from the viewpoint of the actors and the director. This is always a super popoular panel so don’t miss it!

Earper Meetup

Join other Earpers to chat about everything Wynonna Earp!

Fandom, Fairytales and Fiction

Panelists: Rachel Spangler, Georgia Beers, Rae D. Magdon, Nell Stark

Fat Queer representation matters. Where are we in the popular shows and books? This discussion with fat queers will address the importance of seeing ourselves in popular media.

Fat and Queer: Where Are We?

Panelists: Beth Burnett, EA Kafkalas, Aurora Rey
Moderator: Rae D. Magdon

Fat Queer representation matters. Where are we in the popular shows and books? This discussion with fat queers will address the importance of seeing ourselves in popular media.

Filmmaking on a Small Budget

Panelists: Sierra Schepmann, Lisa Tom,  Alyssa Appleton, Christine McAuliffe

Join a crew of indie filmmakers as they share tips and knowledge about creating your own content on a small budget.

For the Love of the Trope

Panelists: Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, Carsen Taite, Elle Spencer, Kris Bryant

Enemies to Lovers, class difference, boss/subordinate. From Xena to Carmilla to Batwoman, all good romances–TV, movies, books– have a trope. Join these best-selling romance authors for some fun conversation as they discuss their favorite tropes, which are most popular with readers and why, what’s trending now and more.

From First Glance to First Kiss: How to Establish Tension in Your Romance Novel

Panelists: Fiona Riley, Melissa Brayden, Kris Bryant, Julie Cannon, Elle Spencer

Have you ever been so sucked into a romance that you couldn’t turn the page fast enough or gotten to that first kiss quickly enough? Do you *live* for the lead up and the tension? The world’s best-selling Lesfic romance writers want to share their secrets, tips, and the process behind building the tension that ignites the page and fans the flames of their characters’ road to romance and journey to the bedroom (or kitchen counter or their boss’s desk or, well, you get the idea).

Game Changers – How These Outliers Impacted Today’s Queer Culture

Panelists: Robin Lowey, Eliza Karlson, Mariah Hanson, Shirin Etessam

Award-winning author Robin Lowey (Lesbiangamechangers.com) and filmmaker Eliza Karlson (karlsonstudio.com) will discuss Game Changers, a graphic novel style history book and subsequent video interview series that features living lesbian heroes who made (and continue to make) a huge impact on today’s queer culture. Learn about LGBTQ history and enjoy a colorful and fun filled presentation including giveaways and raffle prizes. Game Changers won the best LGBTQ book at the New Generation Indie Book awards.

Gentleman Jack and the Impact of Queer Representation in Media: A Live Podcast Event by Shibden After Dark

Panelists: Mary Schwartz, Leanne Mertzman

When co-hosts of the Shibden After Dark podcast sat down to watch a television show called Gentleman Jack, they had no idea that a period drama about noted diarist and entrepreneur (and lesbian!) Anne Lister was going to be the most validating thing they’d ever seen on television – after all, this woman lived two centuries before them, in England, on an estate filled with farm animals and coal pits. But 8 episodes and one podcast later, Leanne and Mary had found that thousands of people across the world were having similarly enlightening experiences after watching this show and wanted to discuss, debate, and unpack every minute of dialogue in the show and every line of Anne Lister’s 27-volumes worth of diary entries. So how is it that a pair of lady-loving-ladywomen from the 1830s has managed to change the lives of so many women in 2019? – join us for a live broadcast of Shibden After Dark as we find out why.

Get your Pitch Deck Together (Thursday Creator Lab)

Panelists: Jane Clark

You have a nice body of work, your reel is solid and you are ready to pitch to investors or to producers, but what do you do? This panel will help you think about your pitch deck, what things need to be part of it and what are a few need-to-know things to get you ready for your pitch.

How to be a Drag King

Panelists: Morgan Blackwell, Desiree Dieno, Tierney DeZarn, Gavin Davis

All drag is valid! This class focuses on transforming into a Drag King and helpful hints for success.

How The Heck Do I Finish?

Panelists: Rae Magdon, Anne Hagan, Justin Miller, Cheryl Head, Jess Harris-DiStefano

It’s a question that has tormented aspiring content creators for ages:‌ why can’t I actually finish my projects? This panel of accomplished writers, artists, podcasters, and producers will discuss the techniques they used to cross the finish line and release their work into the world.

How to Take Your Queer Web Series from the Page to the Screen

Panelists: Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss, Charlie David

Come chat with some of the team behind the new queer web series Avocado Toast the series about the journey they have taken to bring their web series into fruition. From writing to funding to production to distribution we will give you the tools to start your journey too.

I made my project now what? (Thursday Creator Lab)

Panelists: Shirin Papillon, MarieAnn ONeil, Marina Rice Bader

SVOD, TVOD, AVOD- these are common terms used to describe the different business models that you can choose for your finished project. There are pros and cons to each and this panel is here to unpack your options

The Importance of Queer and POC representation in Burlesque

Panelists: Candida Valentina, Silver Kitsune, Evangeline Laveau, La Reina, Adriana Luce, Royal Tee

Queer and POC representation is important in all aspects of life but it’s even more important in a sex positive, body positive environment. We will talk about the effects its had on us and our hope for the future. We’ll also talk about body positivity and loving the skin you’re in. Embracing your sexuality and being able to share it.

Inclusive Language in Podcasting (and Other Spaces): Why and How?

Panelists: Laurel Elizabeth, Amanda Law, Erica KD, Morgan Spatola

Amanda and Laurel, co-hosts of a queer podcast (Very Gay, Very Ladylike the Podcast) discuss the why and how of using inclusive language in podcasting and other spaces. This panel will include discussion on why inclusive language is so important, some self-disclosure about their journey and growth in this area, and discuss how to check yourself and how to replace language that is not inclusive.

The Ins and Outs of Making a Short Film: The Bra Mitzvah

Panelists: Stacy Jill Calvert, Kelly Weinhart-Henry, Jaclyn Chessen

Are you ready to make your first short film? Want some free words of advice before you start? Come join the crew of the new short film, The Bra Mitzvah, where you will get a sneak peek at the film followed by a power session of tips and tricks to make your next project shine.

Journey to the Latinx Queer Representation in Media

Panelists: Sara Mota

This Panel will analyze representation in four tv series: Vida, One Day At a Time, Amar a Muerte and Las Estrellas. It will focus on discussing how the Movement that emerged on social media after Lexa’s death may or may not have affected Latin American and Latinx Queer representation, the strengths and weaknesses of these portraits and what they mean for the Latinx Queer Community.

The L Word Legacy

Panelists: Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey 

No other show quite captured queer women’s attention like The L Word. Featuring the first ensemble cast of queer women, The L Word was a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in media in the mid 2000s. Unapologetic and unbashedly queer, the show’s unforgettable characters titillated our tv screens every Sunday night and opened the doors for the future of queer television. The cultural impact of the show has even birthed a successful reboot, The L Word: Generation Q. Come celebrate the show with Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey, and relive some of its greatest moments!

Lesbianage: The Romantic Spy Thriller in Film

Panelists: Nicole Conn, Jane Clark, Sheryl Wright, Lissa Forhan
Moderator: Melissa Price

Step aside, James Bond—she’s not your Bond girl. Crafting an epic female spy is more than “spies, lies, and quivering thighs.” Some of today’s most respected and talented women in film discuss the intersection where Intrigue meets romance. Join us for the ride in filmmaking, producing, episodic teleplay, and writing.

Legal Update on Anti-Harassment and Inclusion in Film and Television: Lessons from Hollywood North

Panelists: Michela Fiorido, Jessica Fairbairn, Alyssa Paez, Kacey Krenn

This panel explores some of the most pressing and complex legal issues affecting LGBTQ+ individuals in the entertainment industry including hiring for diversity, transgender privacy rights and maintaining a respectful workplace in shows where the creative content is sexually explicit in nature.

Let’s Talk About (Writing) Sex

Panelists: Jaime Clevenger, Radclyffe, Nell Stark, Rachel Gold, Sandy Lowe, Aurora Rey

How do writers use sex to strengthen a novel or a short story? Can erotica go deeper than sex to show us truths about our characters and ourselves? Let’s discuss these questions as well as when and how consent is implied, how toys come into play, and the role of gender dynamics as part of sex play.

Lez Hang Out Should’ve Been Gay Live

Panelists: Elle Brigida, Leigh Holmes Foster plus guests

Join Lez Hang Out hosts Leigh and Ellie, along with some fun guests, as they talk about the movies, TV shows, or ships that CLEARLY should’ve been gay. They’ve covered favorites like Bend It Like Beckham, Bring It On, and Wonder Woman, and frequently call their ‘Should’ve Been Gay’ series “the gift that keeps on giving!”

LGBT+ Representation in the UK

Panelists: Rachel Maidment, Kate Jones, Saski

Exploring Lesbian culture in the UK media. From current favourites such as Gentleman Jack and Killing Eve to the first Lesbian kiss on UK TV in Brookside. Along the way we will look at other favourites such as Bad Girls, Lip Service and Sugar Rush.

LGBTQ Actors

At every ClexaCon since year one we have made a point to highlight the actors who are loudly and proudly members of the LGBTQ+ community. Come and support members of our community making a difference in front of the camera and hear them discuss their careers and the fears and realities of being queer and in the public spotlight. Hear about what it’s like to come out in the industry, how coming out and being out has affected the roles and opportunities that are available, what it’s like to portray a queer character as a queer person, and how they feel about the support of our community. Don’t miss this chance to hear from and support actresses at the forefront of LGBTQ visibility in the industry!

LGBTQ+ Voice Actors and Characters

Panelists: Dianna Conley, Valerie Rose Lohman, Jamee D Thompson, Allegra Clark

Video Games and Animation have increasingly allowed opportunities for LGBTQ+ people to portray characters with varying genders and sexualities. In this panel LGBTQ+ voice actors, and actors who play LGBTQ+ characters share how these characters have grown and changed over the years and why representation in voice acting matters.

Looking Through A Rose-Colored Queer Lens: The Role of Subtext Today

Panelists: Sarah Kennedy, Carolyn Bergier

With growing queer representation in the media, is there still space for the grand LGBT+ tradition of seeking and celebrating subtext? Would Xena: Warrior Princess still be the fan-favorite it was among today’s queer audiences or would it be trashed for queerbaiting? Where do ships like Supercorp or Faberry belong in this greater conversation?

Marginalization Where You Least Expect it: Navigating Issues in a Close Knit Community

Panelists: Candida Valentina, Evangeline Laveau, La Reina, Adriana Luce, Nick Flair, Silver Kitsune

We’ve all been in a place when or where we didn’t feel “Queer” or “Black” or “Latin” or anything enough to fit someone else’s perspective of what or who we should or should not be, but honestly, it’s not about someone else’s perspective. It’s about finding and owning our own. We would like to discus how do we approach this and come together as a community without shunning our fellow LGBTQIA+ POC family.

Marvel’s The Runaways

Panelists: Lyrica Okano, Ariela Barer, Clarissa Thibeaux

As we say farewell Marvel’s Runaways, join us to celebrate the actors who gave us amazing LGBTQ+ representation on screen! Join Lyrica, Ariela and Clarissa as they discuss the show and the impact it has had on them as actors and the response they’ve received from our community.

Not Your Mother’s Lesbian Fiction

Panelists: Rachel Spangler, Cheryl Head, Rachel Gold, Lynn Ames
Moderator: Melissa Brayden

If you think lesbian fiction is old-school and/or outdated, think again. Come hear how these current best-selling authors are addressing many of today’s hot-button issues including climate change, erasure, transphobia, women of color, etc.

Notes From The Hostel, A Marvel’s Runaways Podcast: Live

Panelists: Youstina Anis, Nadia Tursi

Notes From The Hostel is a podcast where a west coast twitter stan and an east coast fandom noob recap every episode of Marvel’s Runaways in painstaking detail. Join Youstina and Nadia for a live recap which will feature important discussions about MILFs, trademark banter, and live questions from our audience!

Origin Stoy (Thursday Creator Lab)

Panelists: Nicole Conn, Wendy Jo Carlton, Christin Baker

Meet professionals in the industry who are working in the industry and how they got to where they are. Then a Q&A about specifics around their craft and what tips they have for you to uplevel.

The Planet: Creating Sustainable Queer Spaces

Panelists: Alexandra D’Sa

House of Pride are poised and ready to create an international home for queer women and non binary people. But what do our community want? Their survey results to date will be analysed and explored by co-CEO Alexandra D’Sa, and she will be joined by panellists who have created queer spaces to discuss what’s worked, what hasn’t, and why. Hopefully we will answer the age-old question: what do women want?

Podcasting 201: The Next Steps

Panelists: Elle Brigida, Leigh Holmes Foster, Carolyn Bergier

In Podcasting 201, the hosts of Lez Hang Out and other panelists will teach you about monetizing your podcast, putting on live shows and growing your audience. This is for the podcaster who’s already learned the audio basics and wants to learn how to fund and grow their show.

Power in Perversion: A Beginner’s Guide to BDSM

Panelists: Justine Cross

Excited by the BDSM but don’t know where to begin? Learn the the importance and meaning behind the motto “safesane and consensual”. We will cover the basics of BDSM such as scene negotiations, consent, aftercare; review toys, implement some demos and answer all your kinky questions.
(This panel is 18+)

QPOC Meetup

Come and meet with other QPOC to make friends and talk about issues related to representation of our communities in media.

Queer Books are Lit: a Millennial Perspective on Media

Panelists: Ashley Bartlett, Nicole Disney, Jane Esther, Sandy Lowe , Fiona Riley

As millennial queers, we came of age when positive(ish) queer representation was suddenly present in movies, television, and music. Why did we choose literature and how did the broader media landscape influence our novels? Join this group of young authors as we discuss ever expanding queer media and why we chose traditional publishing to tell non-traditional stories.

Queer Networking: The In’s, The Out’s, and The How To’s

Panelists: Lauren Flans, Avon Rogan,  Lanie Cabalda, Spencer Madison

Join us for an hour to discuss the importance of networking within our Community. Are you an Actor? a Podcaster? an Artist? Are you wondering how to network with others to potentially work with them professionally? Or maybe just an introverted queer wondering how interact online with our community! We haven the answers!

Queer People of Color Representation

While media coverage and on-screen portrayals of LGBTQ issues have improved substantially over the past few decades, representation for queer people of color, especially in non cis-men centered media, is still lagging far behind. Join us to discuss where we stand and how we can develop, empower, and support more diverse voices from our communities through an intersectional analysis that can change the narrative across all media platforms.

Queer Representation: The Psychological Impact of Seeing Ourselves in Media

Panelists: Lauren Chapple-Love, Dr. Tanisha Ranger, Dr. Christina Patterson, Precious Love-Chapple

Depictions of LGBTQIA2 individuals in media has many impacts, many of which positively affect our psychological wellbeing. Join our panel of Psychology experts to discuss how seeing ourselves depicted in stories has shaped our worldview.

Queers Take the Stage

Panelists: Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Rent…Fun Home…Head Over Heels…queer cis women and trans people are slowly but surely making their way to Broadway and beyond- but representations are still few and far between. There are even fewer queer cis women and trans people recognized for directing, writing, choreographing and designing the shows we see. Join some of your Broadway and community favorites to discuss why this might be, and maybe even listen in a song or two.

The Renaissance of Queer Comics

Panelists: Becca Bastron, Maia Kobabe, Meredith McClaren

In the last few years, there has been a surge of queer comics and fiction coming out of the publishing world. Join us as we explore the past and present of queer storytelling, and what the future has in store.

Screenwriting Basics (You Can Do It!)

Panelists: Wendy Jo Carlton

Writer/Director Wendy Jo Carlton (Good Kisser, Easy Abby, Jamie & Jessie are Not Together) introduces workshop participants to the basics of telling (or adapting) engaging stories in the screenplay format, including writing exercises, story development techniques, and a focus on female and LGBTQ lead characters and stories. Focus will be on short film scripts due to time limit.

Shoot: Reloaded

Panelists: Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

They’re back! Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi return to discuss their characters and the iconic ship called #shoot that we love and miss! Amy and Sarah last graced our stage in 2018 so join us in welcoming them back and see if they miss the show as much as we do!

Shortening the Road to Publication

Panelists: Barbara Ann Wright, Radclyffe, Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Nell Stark, Georgia Beers, Victoria Villasenor

You wrote a novel, now what? Come hear the president, editors, and award winning authors of Bold Strokes Books spill the secrets about how to get to the top of the slush pile.

Shut Up and Take My Money!

Panelists: Leigh Foster

Come hear from some of the queer content creators who are out there creating authentic queer content in a variety of forms. Learn about their experiences, the joys and challenges of bringing queer content into the world, and how consumers of that media can best support and champion them! What steps can we take to help sustain and enable “boots-on-the-ground” queer creators in getting their work out there? How can we ensure that our money, time, and voices go the furthest toward empowering our own community?

Trans Meetup

Come hang out and make some friends as we share experiences and discuss trans representation in media: the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Writing Queer Communities

Panelists: Ashley Bartlett, Melissa Brayden, Maggie Cummings, Radclyffe, Aurora Rey
Carsen Taite

As queers, we’ve spent our lives carving out safe places to thrive in a world that, while changing for the better, doesn’t always welcome us. Maybe it’s time for a different approach. Join these best-selling queer authors writing about tight-knit communities where the status quo is LGBTQ for a discussion about writing the world the way we want it to be.

Women in Action

Panelists: Nicole de Meneses, Kaleen Mayhew, Katie C Frimodig

A panel that breaks down the nuts and bolts of choreographing, blocking and filming a fight scene from start to finish.

Working with Producers (Thursday Creator Lab)

Panelists:Rocco Shields, Lily Richards

You have written your project and want to make it happen, collaboration is the key in this industry and producers at the center of this collaboration. When creative visions are at stake the emotions can run high, get great insight from industry pros how to work with producers, networks and directors to get the best result for your project.

You’ve Written a Novel…Now What?

Panelists: Tina Kakadelis, Regina Kakadelis, Stratis Kakadelis

Got a manuscript that’s finished and not sure what to do with it? This workshop is here to help! We’ll go through the next steps, marketing plans, and other activities to get your book out into the world and noticed by your target audience.

Yuri 2020

Panelists: Gabrielle Magabilin, Zett Stai, Lindsey Duncan, Jove

We will be discussing iconic past yuri anime, current yuri anime that will be released in 2020, and the future of yuri. Subtext romantic relationships and displays of affection have been a constant theme in yuri anime but with the constant popularity of lesbian relationships portrayed in recent media, such as Citrus and Bloom Into You, maybe we’re one stop closer to having more anime created targeted towards the LGBT community rather than heterosexual males.