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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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Other side of the looking-glass

Haven't been able to read all the posts, but this is a topic that's of a lot of interest to me, particularly because I happen to be of the darker persuasion. I know there's a lot of emphasis on what the mentors or the already published should/could/want to do, but what are some suggestions about those of us on the other side of the mirror? What can I do (other than the obvious getting published thing) to help with this? Also, could we include the comic book industry under the umbrella of specfic or are we restricted to only that certain section of Barnes & Noble?

Re: Other side of the looking-glass

Get published. *g* I honestly think that's the best way to encourage diversity in science fiction and fantasy, if you happen to be, yanno, diverse in some fashion.