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Webinar: Writing with Pride: Creating LGBTQ Characters in Kidlit with Robin Talley

Date(s) - 11/12/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Webinar: Writing with Pride: Creating LGBTQ Characters in Kidlit with Robin Talley

90 minute Webinar

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recording, then please choose the recording-only ticket. 

Fiction should be just as rich and intricate as the world we live in — and that means including characters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and elsewhere on the spectrum. Robin Talley, the author of seven YA novels focused on LGBTQ characters, will lead a session discussing ways to create complex characters that avoid falling into tropes like the sassy gay best friend, the tragic queer character, or the token LGBTQ sidekick. We’ll also discuss the importance of intersectionality when creating LGBTQ characters and look at examples of books featuring main and secondary LGBTQ characters who are written with skill and depth. We’ll discuss both realistic and genre fiction. This session will focus primarily on YA, but much of it will be applicable to MG and picture books, too, and we’ll examine examples from all three categories.


About the presenter:

Robin Talley is the New York Times-bestselling author of seven novels for teen readers, all of which focus on LGBTQ main characters. Her books have been short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Lambda Literary Award and selected for the Junior Library Guild and the ALA Rainbow List. She has won fellowship grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities and is on the faculty of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat. Robin lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife and their kids.



American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the live webinar by practicum students from the Community College of Baltimore County, working under the supervision of a certified mentor interpreter. To access the interpretation, please register for the workshop below and then email for the interpretation access link.

To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the live event will close on November 11.  Registration for recording access will close on November 12.

A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information for the recording will be sent out the following day.