May Write Brain: Writing Real LGBTQ+ Characters: A Panel

May 21, 2019 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Location: Library 21C (get directions)

Representing the diversity of the real world in fiction is important. Many authors are now making the effort to include more characters not like themselves, and are stretching beyond the borders of heterosexual and cis-gendered characters. If you want to expand your fiction without falling into the pitfalls of stereotypes, this is the workshop for you. Our panel will address cliches and false information about LGBTQ+ individuals to help other writers create realistic, and above all, human characters. This will be a safe, open space to ask your questions and learn.


David R Slayton grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where finding fantasy novels was pretty challenging and finding fantasy novels with diverse characters was downright impossible. Now he lives in Denver and writes the books he always wanted to read. His debut YA fantasy, GHOST DRAGON, will be published in January 2020 by Harmony Ink Press. He is represented by Lesley Sabga of the Seymour Agency.

Emily Kay Singer/Nonir Amicitia has never really fit into molds or boxes. They claim labels such as queer, nerd, Heathen, and Social Justice Cleric, but none of those completely describe them. They’ve published short stories in anthologies, entirely too much fanfic, and has several novels-in-progress, all featuring queer characters and diverse casts. They also co-write the Aces High, Jokers Wild series under the penname O.E. Tearmann.

Suzanne Anderson is a schoolteacher, writer, and long-standing member of the geek community in Colorado Springs. She brings an intimate voice and open trans perspective to the discussion of authentic characters.

When not fighting our robot overlords or tinkering with Tarot spreads, Vivian Caethe writes weird fiction, science fiction, fantasy, quirky nonfiction and everything in between. She lives in Colorado with a super villain cat. She can be found as a writer at and as an editor at