Announcing our Week 4 Write-a-thon partner, FIYAHCON

It’s Week 4 of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, and we’re proud to partner with FIYAHCON

On Monday, workshop administrator Rashida J. Smith moderated the live panel, Uncovering Cover Art, which was recorded and is now viewable at this link. We’re running writing and critique workshops for teens, led by K. Tempest Bradford, Alethea Kontis, and Rebecca Demarest. Thursday, July 15 brings the workshop Geographies of Fear with Ian Muneshwar and Erin Roberts. Register now for the Write-a-thon to learn with them about the intersections of suspense, geography, horror, and setting. On Friday and Saturday, please join us for How to Build a Better Con with L.D. Lewis (FIYAH) and Iori Kusano (CW ’17).

Here’s some more about our friends at FIYAHCON and FIYAH magazine*, in their own words:

The Hugo-nominated FIYAHCON returns September 16–19, 2021. FIYAHCON is a virtual convention centering the perspectives and celebrating the contributions of BIPOC in speculative fiction. The event is hosted by FIYAH Literary Magazine and carries a variety of entertaining and educational content surrounding the business, craft, and community of speculative literature. The inaugural event took place in October of 2020 to great acclaim, and we look forward to doing it all again this year!

The virtual event includes over 48 hours of round the clock programming centering the experiences and contributions of BIPOC in speculative literature and also hosts the 2nd annual IGNYTE Awards. Get ready for three and a half days of panels, presentations, games, office hours, write-ins, workshops, kickbacks, and more. 2021 Guests of Honor include Vita Ayala, Maka Older, and Njeri @ ONYX Pages.

Where the magazine is focused specifically on the elevation of Black voices in short speculative fiction, FIYAHCON seeks to center the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The reasoning is that Black voices are not the least represented in the field, and we don’t want to exclude groups who are already systemically excluded from other spaces.

We recognize allyship as an action, not a sentiment. And in that spirit, we also invite anyone who wishes to be viewed as a resource for racially/ethnically marginalized writers or who understand these are people to be celebrated and learned from, to be a part of the event.

Donations and sponsorship inquiries here:

Registration here:

Vendor/Exhibitor Booth Registration:

* For the sake of transparency, we would like to acknowledge that the FIYAHCON community has nominated Clarion West for a 2021 IGNYTE Ember Award for Unsung Contributions to the Genre.

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