Notes from the Writing Trans Genres Conference (Everett Maroon)

I presented at the Writing Trans Genres conference this weekend and it was really great and different from anything I’ve been to before.

I imagine it will be weeks before I get the chance to do my own write-up about it (hopefully when the video of my workshop goes up that will prompt me to write something on my blog), both because I’m moving in two weeks and because I think it’s going to take me a little time to really reflect on why it was so great. In the meantime, I want to share this post by Everett Maroon, who I was lucky enough to have as a co-panelist on a YA lit panel (along with Kyle Lukoff and Annie Mok)  that gets at at least a fraction (only because I’m not sure the whole thing could be summed up in one post) of why it was so successful and exciting to be a part of.

One thing he points out toward the end, though, is the fact that they spent their budget to provide travel and accommodations for a large number of relatively unknown (but no less smart and important) writers instead of spending billions of dollars to fly out Chaz Bono. This meant that the actual people at the forefront of trans literature were actually able to attend, which meant that everyone–not just a few presenters and the people who could afford to fly themselves out–had something great to contribute, and workshop participants were engaged and asked thoughtful questions that really allowed the conference to feel like a meaningful exchange of ideas between intelligent and forward thinking adults.

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I was just quoted about trans YA fiction in an article on Buzzfeed!

There’s not much to say about it. It’s a review of a book that I have not read, so I can’t vouch for the book, but any press about any kind of trans YA lit is always exciting.

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog, as I’ve been really busy.

One current project keeping me busy that I have not shared about on here is that I am collaborating as editor with an author (Kyle Lukoff, the other person quoted in the Buzzfeed article) who is also a trans librarian on a new trans YA novel! We have a long way to go before we will be looking for beta readers or anything like that, but we’re aiming to have a manuscript we can start sending to agents/publishers this summer. The novel is funny and quirky and poignant. It also is about a trans kid who transitioned a few years ago, so his transition is old news and his life and his totally cute and fun group of friends who decide to start a GSA in their high school are the real story. It also focuses heavily on a couple of “allies” who are sometimes hilariously (and sometimes devastatingly) misguided and totally turn the trope of trans YA fiction that gives too much airtime to cis “allies” (think Luna and Almost Perfect) on it’s head. Very exciting and I am loving working with such a talented author as Kyle on this project. I can’t wait until it’s a little further along so I can start giving more specifics and promoting it!