On top of traveling across the country to promote her book, Briana and her partner, Jessica, have a number of panels they do together. These panels focus on writing, diversity, cosplay, and body positivity. If you’re interested in having them at your event, here’s the kinds of panels they put on:
- Beyond Creation: Diversity in Writing: You know the saying. “If you want more diversity, go create it yourself.” This panel will go beyond the saying, as that’s not all it takes to get a better showing of representation in the media. We’ll cover a few examples of missed opportunities & the backlash that has happened toward marginalized groups in fiction. We’ll dissect the excuses generally used to NOT be inclusive and follow it up by showing the steps that have been taken to improve representation. After that, we’ll give tips on how to create diversity, then conclude with why creation ISN’T enough and how supporting diverse works matters.
- From Fanfiction to Professional Writing: Once upon a time, Briana and Jessica were fanfiction writers who roleplayed with their characters (spoiler: they still do it). One day, Snow wrote the first chapter to a novel with those characters. Together, the two women have turned their fanfiction and roleplaying into a book series, and this panel will go into how they managed to do that. This panel will show the audience that fanfiction is much more common than we think and is a legitimate way to flesh out your writing and move into creating your own original stories. We’ll also go into the publishing world and the things to do before you get ready to turn that idea into a full-blown story.
- Living the Freelance Life: “Oh wow you work from home? You have it easy! I wish I had your job.” Both Briana and Jessica work as freelance writers and are self-employed, and both will tell you how terribly inaccurate that line of thinking is. This panel will go into the ups and downs of working from home, the unexpected challenges of creating your brand, and provide some tips for any future creators out there. These tips range from keeping your portfolio and social media presence updated, to remember to eat lunch and take breaks. Now that you’re your own boss, you have to hold yourself accountable, which is one of the most challenging things a person can do.
- Love Your Cosplay Body: One day, someone called Brichibi Cosplays (Briana) “Princess Whale” and told her to go off and fry some chicken. So, she did just that, and posted the pictures on the Internet in response to her bully. While it’s true that nicknames like “Princess Wonderball” or lovely requests to “stop acting white” have come her way, this black, queer, plus-sized cosplayer has decided not to let it get to her. After Briana tells her story, she’ll break down the kinds of bullying that tends to happen in the community and, more importantly, how to overcome the negativity to cosplay the way you want.
- Frankensteining Patterns: Sometimes, the pattern you need for a costume simply doesn’t exist… or doesn’t come in the size you need. This panel by SnowCosplays (Jessica) will go into how to up-size patterns, how you can take pieces of different patterns to make your cosplay work, how to alter costumes to fit your style, and how to make your costume work for your body type. No character is off-limits when it comes to cosplay.
If you’re interested in having Briana and her partner come to your convention, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com.