Inclusion has become a large and important area of focus in fantasy. How do you write characters from outside your own experience? How do you avoid the pitfalls of stale, stereotypical characterizations that depend on old tropes that have become unviable in storytelling and bring something fresh and new to the genre? The panel will discuss writing characters from outside your culture, gender, and orientation.
Sorcerers, mages, wizards, witches, thaumaturges, the Maiar, wielders of the One Power? Check! Warders, African-inspired Mfundishi, Mesopotamia-inspired Akkadians, Norse inspired berserkers, Asian inspired Shifu and Samurai, European knights and rogues, Islamic Nizari Ismailis-inspired Assassins? Check! Thieves, bards, cavaliers, and clerics? Yes! Dragons, Myrddraal, Trollocs, Nazgûl, Soulcatchers, giant birds, and shadow creatures? Sure, we’ve got all that… but so much more too! From Epic Fantasy to traditional Sword and Sorcery, from Urban Fantasy to Sword & Soul to Dark Fantasy and Magical Realism - come experience all the weird, wonderful, and fantastical worlds the Fantasy track has to offer!