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Who is the [margins.] Conference for?

  • [margins.] is created by and for marginalized writers & creatives of all genres and stages of career. When we say “marginalized”, we mean people who have been historically excluded from literature based on their identity, including: racial, cultural, ethnic, or religious identity; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical, cognitive, or emotional disability; socioeconomic adversity; and personal experiences of adversity or injustice. We recognize that personal experiences of adversity occur in many forms and we believe that the impact of each must be respected. To guide the use of our resources, we focus on experiences that lack representation in literature, based on our best knowledge and research.

  • When we say “conference”, we mean the activities that are exclusively available to conference registrants and are not open to the general public, including panels, workshops, cohort meetups, and all other conference events. The bookfair and its associated events are free and open to the public.

  • If you’re a writer, aspiring or seasoned, from a historically marginalized background this space is made to center and serve YOU.

Can writers/creatives whose primary identity is not listed as marginalized attend the conference events?

  • We encourage writers/creatives who do not identify from a historically marginalized background, as identified above, to consider that [margins.] is created as a space specifically for the connection, community building, and exploration for those with marginalized identities. This is not to harm, hurt, or exclude. We believe that respecting such spaces is a practice of growing one’s wholesome intention and capacity to recognize, reckon with, and begin to develop insight regarding systemic racism, homophobia, ableism, heteropatriarchy and oppression. We encourage all persons to join, connect, grown new community and support through our public Festival which will be vibrant and living with opportunities to engage with and support writers and creatives who have historically been marginalized. 

Who is the [margins.] Festival for?

  • In the words of the Backstreet Boys, “Everybody”. 

How Do I Sign Up?

  • You can purchase tickets here.  To volunteer, present, or sponsor [margins.] visit us here.

How Do I Propose an Event?  

How Can I Volunteer? 

How old do I have to be to register, volunteer, or watch?

  • The conference is open to all ages, but is not specifically for young writers. There will be youth programming at the festival.

What are the dates?

  • In person events will take place August 5 - August 7, 2022. Virtual events dates coming soon!

When and where do I buy Tickets?

Where do I stay while in Denver attending [margins.]?

What is accessibility like at the event?

  • check out our accessibility info here

What is the COVID-19 policy for the events?

  • Vaccination  -  [margins.] attendees (including presenters, registrants, volunteers, staff, and all other persons who may attend) must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. The Word will screen at registration to verify vaccination status. Specific instructions about the process for providing your information in advance will be posted soon.

  • To be considered fully vaccinated, you must receive the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or the only dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine no later than July 22, 2022, in order to attend on August 5, 2022. The Word also strongly encourages all attendees to get the COVID-19 booster shot.

  • Masking  -  At this time, it is anticipated that wearing a mask will be required in all [margins.] venues. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are provided for attendees with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask. Attendees will be notified if any updates to this policy are made prior to the event.

  • Read more about our COVID-19 policy, including exemptions, refund policy, and liability waiver, please read the Attendee Terms & Conditions.

What if i have more questions?

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