Our conference faculty attending as special guests were editor Arthur A. Levine, editor Emma Dryden, author Kristin Venuti, agent Tracey Adams and author Ellen Hopkins.
We had over fifty conference attendees attend, and the questions and conversation covered a range including:
Writing the "other"
Post-gay (post-trauma) stories
The need for editors, agents and authors to go outside our comfort zones
There was a lot of discussion about recognizing that when you write an LGBTQ character, that's not the sum total of them as a person. It's part of who they are. And you need to write the other parts, too.
As Emma Dryden said so eloquently,
"Stop thinking about them as queer and just think of them as people."
It was a wonderful gathering, and many attendees stayed around afterwards to mingle and socialize (Which was when I remembered to take these photos!)