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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
Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Michael Underwood

Attendee
Michael R. Underwood is the author of over twelve books, including Annihilation Aria, Born to the Blade (an epic fantasy serial), the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and Genrenauts, a series of novellas (a finalist for the r/Fantasy “Stabby” Award).Mike grew up devouring stories in... Read More →


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