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May Guest Speaker: Elle E. Ire and José Pablo Iriarte

Topic: Diversity Done Right

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 6:30 pm

Diversity is a hot topic in publishing these days, but why is it so important? Should only certain people write certain stories? How does a writer avoid giving offense? What is a sensitivity reader, and where do I find one? What does “writing the other” mean, and how do I do it? Is including diversity in my novel really the secret handshake/golden ticket to getting an agent and getting published? We’ll answer all of these questions and more in our presentation on Diversity Done Right.

Elle E. Ire is a bisexual author who writes science fiction that features kick-ass women who happen to fall in love . . . with each other. Her work includes Vicious CircleThreadbarePatchwork, and Woven all published by DSP Publications. Look for The Dead Things trilogy and Reel to Real Love coming soon. Elle is represented by Naomi Davis at the BookEnds Literary Agency.

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer. His fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures, iO9, and Quick Sip Reviews, and on the SFWA Nebula Award Recommended Reading Lists for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He is represented by Cameron McClure at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

 

How to connect for the May speaker:

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83330448597?pwd=SEhuVzNTYkpUSS9BY3NnWnhkVGYwZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers.
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

The TWA Critique group will meet via video call

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and critique submissions in advance, like always.
  2. On Wednesday connect via video call to share your critiques. The meeting will start at 6:30. 
  3. Email your comments directly to the author after the critique. The author’s email address will be included in their submission. 

How to connect for the critique group (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month):

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83330448597?pwd=SEhuVzNTYkpUSS9BY3NnWnhkVGYwZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers like this: 
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

Some things you should know:

  • I may mute you. I have some admin controls that allow me to address issues as they arise. I’ll use them as needed to help the meeting succeed. 
  • This might not work for all people on all systems. In general, video calls require a decent internet connection, and updated browser, and a few other tech requirements. We are choosing one of the most flexible video call platforms to help ease this, and we’ll do our best to support you, but please be patient. This is best effort on our part. 
  • This might be lumpy. There may be errors. We’ll figure this out as we go. 

FAQs

Can I mail my critiques to the author? 

No. We are not providing home addresses of the authors. Please send your comments via email. 

I hate technology and I don’t want to do this. 

That’s okay. You are welcome to download the submissions and email your comments directly to the author. No need to attempt the video call. Or, you can wait for the live group to resume. 

Is this free? 

Using the Zoom software to join this call is free. TWA is paying for a Zoom Pro membership to make this work. Your annual dues are covering this cost. Thanks for being a member and making this possible! 

What other questions do you have?

Email them to info@aksnyderbooks.com. 

Thanks for your patience as we work through the lumps in the process! Looking forward to seeing you all. 

Alycea