Then each person around the circle introduced themselves, sharing what they're working on.
And then, for another hour +, people mingled and chatted and exchanged cards with their new tribe-within-a-tribe friends.
Two moments that are still resonating for me:
On an Ally author's reluctance to make a fantasy character queer:
"I want to give you permission that you know as much about a two-headed dragon as anyone." - Arthur A. Levine.
"Don't let anyone shut you up. You have a story to tell. Tell it. ...Somewhere along the way, children will hear it and they will be saved." - Jane Yolen
The evening was brave and beautiful.