In this issue:
- Sirens Studio Workshops Announced
- Scholarship Fundraising
- Price Increase and Tickets Update
- Programming Proposals
- Amy’s Book Club
- Read Along with Faye
- In Case You Missed It …
We’re thrilled to announce our reading, writing, and career development topics for this year’s Sirens Studio! Held on October 23-24, 2018 prior to the official start of the conference, the Studio offers small-group workshop intensives led by exceptional faculty in the morning; flexible time to read, write, or relax in the afternoon, and a film screening at night. New for 2018, participants will also be invited to a Studio attendees-only faculty reception.
Please click on the faculty biographies and course titles for more information on each workshop intensive:
- Dr. Kinitra D. Brooks, Finding Sycorax: Highlighting Complex Black Women Characters in Genre
- Zoraida Córdova, The Latinx Myth
- Justina Ireland, Taking the Castle: Understanding Power Structures in Fantasy and Fiction
- s.e. smith, Diversity on Fire: Developing a More Informed Diversity Framework
- K. Tempest Bradford, Description and “The Other”
- Anne Ursu, Make Narnia Great Again: Propaganda and Power in Fantasy
- Rhoda Belleza, TBD
- Dr. Andrea Horbinski, Taking the Off-Ramp: Strategies and Practices for Changing Careers (Especially for Academics)
As part of our mission, we specifically craft Sirens to include and amplify the many brilliant voices of our attendees. Tomorrow, we’ll be kicking off our fundraising campaign to help make attendance possible for people of color, exemplary programming proposals, those with financial hardships, and new this year, librarians, educators, and publishing professionals. We’ll have more information about how you can support our scholarships on our blog tomorrow!
On March 1, the cost of a Sirens registration will increase from $225 to $250.
The deadline for programming proposals is approaching in May, so in March, we’ll be launching our annual programming series with tips, tricks and everything you need to know to submit a successful programming proposal, along with free-for-the-taking topic ideas on our #SirensBrainstorm hashtag. We’re also revisiting each Sirens theme; you can find our posts on Reunion and Hauntings over on the blog now, with Revolutionaries, Lovers, and Women Who Work Magic coming soon!
This month, Sirens co-founder Amy Tenbrink read and reviewed Lauren Groff’s The Monsters of Templeton in her book club: “Anyone from a small town will startle at Groff’s insightful depiction of both the unchanging sameness and the roiling, gossip-worthy drama.” Read her full review on the blog and on Goodreads.
In February, Communications Director Faye Bi read Jesmyn Ward’s highly acclaimed Sing, Unburied, Sing for the Reading Challenge, which impressed with “its lyrical, economical prose, its somewhat archetypal but expertly drawn characters, and its deft handling of the many challenges plaguing black communities in the rural south.” Read her full review on the blog and on Goodreads.
Questions? Concerns? Please email general queries to (help at sirensconference.org) and questions about programming to (programming at sirensconference.org).