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RESOURCES

a roundup of resources to help you navigate inclusive:

Storytelling

ON STORYTELLING

FREE CRAFT-BUILDING RESOURCES:

KidLitNation - free writing webinars
The Future Bookshelf - writing & publishing advice
Well Storied. - writing advice
Writing With Color - writing advice focused on racial and ethnic diversity
Jane Friedman's blog - publishing advice

SUBMISSION-READINESS:

CONFERENCES & RETREATS:

[margins.] - The Word's literary conference and festival for writers and booklovers from the margins
Asian-American Writer's Workshop
- devoted to creative writing by Asian Americans

Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference - opportunity for BIPOC writers & illustrators
Lighthouse Writer's Writing in Color Retreat - workshop in the Rocky Mountain Region & beyond

ORGANIZATIONS:

Writers of Color - promotes visibility for editors & writers of color
Latinxs in KidLit- promotes Latinx YA, MG, & children's lit
Cartoonists of Color - database of cartoonists of color, disabled cartoonists, & queer cartoonists
Queer Cartoonists - database of queer & disabled cartoonists

COLORADO-AREA RESOURCES:

CALMA - promotes Latinx authors & writers in Colorado

MENTORING PROGRAMS:

The Word's Editor-Writer Mentorship - promoting voices from the margins
We Need Diverse Books Mentorships - for children's authors and illustrators
Rising Stars Picture Book Mentorship -
mentorship with an agented picture book author or agent

AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship - matches emerging writers with published authors to work towards the mentees’ writing goals
Write Team Mentorship Program - a mentorship program focused on community and support
DVMentor Program - published and agented book creators from traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented communities volunteer to mentor other self-identifying marginalized book creators, one-on-one
DVDebut Program - open-ended and informal mentorship program during which seasoned book creators from marginalized and underrepresented communities will volunteer to mentor other self-identifying marginalized book creators who are debuting
SCBWI Mentorships - various mentorships for kidlit authors
WNDB Mentorships - offering fifteen mentorships split among the following categories: Picture Book Text (PB), Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA); and Illustration (IL)
Las Musas Hermanas Mentorship Program -  mentorship program for traditionally unpublished Latinx kidlit writers and illustrators
Las Musas Madrinas branch - be a mentor at Las Musas
Latinx in Publishing Writers Mentorship -  
volunteer-run initiative that offers the opportunity for unpublished and/or unagented writers who identify as Latinx to strengthen their craft, gain knowledge about the traditional publishing industry, and expand their professional connections through work with experienced Latinx authors

Publishing

ON PUBLISHING

LEARN ABOUT THE INDUSTRY:

Pub(lishing) Crawl - blog on industry life
Minorities in Publishing - podcast on industry life
(UK) The Publisher's Association Work in Publishing page - industry information
IBPA Publishing MAP (Models and Author Pathways) - for authors looking at different pathways to getting their creative works published

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Publishing Perspectives - industry news
Publisher's Lunch - free newsletter option for daily industry news, including manuscript purchases
CBC Diversity - books and publishing blog

ORGANIZATIONS:

People of Color in Publishing - empowering marginalized members in the industry
Latinx in Publishing - promoting lit by, for, and about Latino/a/x people
Editors of Color Database - editorial professionals from underrepresented communities
Database of Diverse Databases - directory of diverse talent
Bay Area Women in Publishing - supports women and non-binary people in publishing
Literary Agents of Color - directory
The BIPOC Bookshelf - database of editors and agents of color
Equity Directory - database of BIPOC literary agents

 

MENTORING PROGRAMS:

Representation Matters - connecting BIPOC lit enthusiasts with publishing professionals

PROTECT YOURSELF:

AUTHOR LIFE:

Website Set-Up - reference guide
Writing with Color - writing community Q&A board
PRH Publishing Path Primer - a quick blog post on the main steps to publication
Big List of Resources - a compilation of resources for all along your writing journey
Aiden Thomas' Book Launch Survival Guide - tips for marketing once you have that book deal

Reading
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ON READING & FANDOM

BOOK LISTS & BLOGS:

Rich in Color - diverse YA book blog
Social Justice Books - compilation of social justice books for children, YA, & educators
Coloring Books - curated newsletter of multicultural books
Well-Read Black Girl - book club dedicated to Black women writers
Book Dragon - media initiative of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to uplift Asian Pacific American lit
#1000BlackGirlBooks Resource Guide - catalogue of books with Black girls as protagonists
We Need Diverse Books blog - where to find diverse books
Melanin in YA - database of Black creators in the YA space
The BIPOC Bookshelf - stories by and resources for BIPOC writers

CON FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

Diversify Book Expo - scholarship application

MULTICULTURAL LIT
CELEBRATIONS:

Multicultural Children's Book Day - nonprofit celebrating and donating diverse books
Children's Book Week - annual two week celebration of children's literacy

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