The Changing Landscape of Genre Writing and Publishing

Genre fiction, such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, or romance, is often marginalized in the world of CanLit. Simultaneously, genre writing is widely loved by both adult and YA readers. It’s a world of its own with genre magazines, conventions, internet communities, and fandoms, along with recent developments such as increasing focus on diversity and a rise in self-publishing. Join these four writers as they share their experiences navigating the ever-evolving landscape of genre writing.

Event Type: Panel
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Saturday, March 16, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Arley McNeney is the author of Post and The Time We All Went Marching and writes the Fraser Springs series with a co-author as Laine Ferndale.

Erin McQuiston is an English teacher and writer who currently explains science fiction, graphic novels, and feminism to high schoolers in Oklahoma City. She has a PhD in Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and co-authors romance novels under the pen name Laine Ferndale.

Emily Pohl-Weary is the author of seven books, including Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness and young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl. She teaches at UBC’s Creative Writing Program.


Yilin Wang is a writer and a member of the Room editorial collective. Her writing has appeared Grain, Contemporary Verse 2Abyss & ApexLooseLeaf, and Clarkesworld, as well as won literary awards.


Mallory Tater‘s debut collection of poetry, This Will Be Good, was released with Book*hug press in 2018. Her debut novel, The Birth Yard, is forthcoming in 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.