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Thursday, May 17 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Making hopeful art in hopeless times

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When the real world continues to bombard us with fear and disappointment, it can be easy to write dark endings, or even worse, not write at all. Then along came Hopepunk. Alexandra Rowland describes this term as the opposite of grimdark. It’s not about writing happy endings, but creating stories where characters show true bravery by standing up for each other and fighting for a better world. This panel will bring authors and editors of optimistic fiction together to discuss the significance of using hope as an aesthetic, examples we've found, and how we as writers can use this subgenre to heal not only ourselves, but our readers.

Moderators
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J. R. Dawson

Writer
Dawson is a 2016 Stonecoast graduate whose work has been seen in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Lightspeed, and DSF. She was a contributor for The MFA Years and writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She'll soon be included... Read More →

Speakers
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Lettie Prell

writer
Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared on Tor.com, and in Clarkesworld, Analog, and Apex Magazine. Her stories have been reprinted in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, and The Year's Best Science Fiction... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a Deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her written work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Uncanny Magazine, Women of Marvel #1, and many other projects and venues. Being Seen, her debut memoir on media and disability releases... Read More →
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Michael Underwood

Attendee
Mike is the author of over a dozen books, including the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series (GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK, HEXOMANCY), collaboratively-written epic fantasy serial BORN TO THE BLADE, and the r/Fantasy "Stabby" Award-finalist GENRENAUTS novellas. His latest book... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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