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writing rengeek magpie mind

One marvelously clever thing that was suggested at the "Why is SF so White?" panel, as a means of encouraging more non-white writers into the industry, was a mentoring program. (Liz Scheier, from the audience, also mentioned that she doesn't see nearly enough submissions with non-white protagonists or main characters, and would love to see more.)

The idea being that would-be writers of color could be paired with volunteer authors who would help mentor them.

I am not the person to administrate this. I know this about myself. But I thought it was a good enough idea to be worth sailing out into the zeitgeist.

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Re: PS

No, not every community is open, but I've found the SF/F community to be one of the most open communities I've encountered, which is part of why this "open the doors" thing confuses me. I never felt like it was closed to me :)

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May I ask your age?

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Late 20's.

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Ah. I'm 36, and I suspect the difference between your experience and mine is in the 8-10 years separating us. I'm glad your experience is more positive than mine.