Over the past several years the publishing world (and its readers) have thankfully demanded more diversity within stories. But as welcome as this change is, it can leave many non-marginalized writers with anxiety. How are you supposed to go about it? What if you mess up? Are you allowed to write about marginalized people at all? In this session facilitated by Milo Todd, we'll discuss common worries, some do's and don'ts, engage in self-reflection questions, and more. Writers will leave this session with more insight, awareness, and confidence to produce the most accurate and empathetic work they can.
BBF Unbound: Writing Outside of Your Lane
Milo Todd (he/him)'s fiction focuses on transgender and queer history, with additional works on the trans experience and the trans body. His fiction has appeared in SLICE Magazine, Foglifter Journal, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart, and Emerge: The 2019 Lambda Fellows Anthology. His other works have appeared on Writer Unboxed, Dead Darlings, GrubWrites, and Everyday Feminism, among others. Todd was selected as a 2020 Pitch Wars Mentee and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction for his novel Downhead and received a fellowship to attend the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. He was additionally selected for the 2021 Tin House Winter Workshop and received a 2021 Monson Arts residency. Todd is an assistant fiction editor for Foglifter Journal and a fiction reader for Split Lip Magazine. He’s an instructor at GrubStreet, where he teaches courses on fiction, the novel, and trans and non-binary representation in literature. He is an alum of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program, where he received a Pechet Fellowship for his novel The Falcon of Doves. He has been on the selection committee for the Novel Incubator Program and the Bisexual Book Awards. He consults on fiction manuscripts and transgender inclusion in the classroom.