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Saturday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Centering Women in Fiction: Removing Your Unconscious Bias

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Ursula Le Guin has said that she made mistakes with the way she handled women in Wizard of Earthsea. She attributes this to having grown up reading fiction that was written by men, for men. It took her years to deprogram herself so that she was able to write fiction for women. Likewise, romance has the biggest market share of any form of fiction, and yet is often dismissed, even by its most ardent fans. What are the ways in which we internalize biases and how can we combat them?

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Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, came out in June 2016 and was chosen as a summer pick by Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Amazon. She is also a writing instructor. You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as... Read More →

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Liz Hara

Liz Hara is a writer, builder, and puppeteer. She and her team won the 2015 Emmy Award for their Costume Design on Sesame Street. She currently works for Sesame as a puppet builder and wrangler, and began writing for the show in Season 46. She has written other children’s entertainment for Nickelodeon and PBS, including the new science curriculum show Nature Cat. Liz creates her own work, which has been presented at the Edinburgh Comedy... Read More →
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Rachel Kann

Rachel Kann is a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria and resident performing artist on The Hevria Sessions. Her poetry has been featured at TEDx, on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. She’s performed at venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage and The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. Visit her at rachelkann.com.
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Alyssa Wong

Alyssa Wong studies fiction in Raleigh, NC, and really, really likes crows. Her story, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and her short fiction has been nominated for many other awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Bram Stoker Award, the Locus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. Her work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Nightmare... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 101 BC

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