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A symposium to empower women and gender non-conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers.
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“I went to a number of women’s groups and said: ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.” – Mitt Romney, during 2012 presidential debates

Every year since 2009, the VIDA pie charts show us that women writers continue to fall far short of equal representation in major magazines and literary journals. We want to change that: this conference will empower, inspire, and connect a diverse community of women and gender nonconforming writers and media and publishing professionals.

On October 11 and 12, 2014, we'll convene in New York City for a symposium on/for/by women in the literary arts and film/TV, with a pragmatic approach to shaking up those pie charts: panel discussions on women in the newsroom, starting to write after forty, and challenges faced by women writers of color; professional development workshops on pitching and accounting for freelancers; literary agent "speed dating;" and networking opportunities for everyone from journalism and creative writing students to new freelancers to seasoned professionals.

We've gathered a diverse roster of dedicated women to organize the event, which will include appearances by Anna Holmes (founder, Jezebel), Leslie Jamison (The Empathy Exams), Kamy Wicoff (founder, SheWrites), Amanda Hess (Slate), Dodai Stewart (Jezebel), Elissa Bassist (The Rumpus), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Photographer/Poet), Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow), Imogen Binnie (Nevada), and many more women dedicated to our cause. In addition to our confirmed speakers, this event also has the support of many wonderful writers and organizations, including: TinyLetterLena Dunham, Edan Lepucki, WAM! (Women, Action, and the Media), Heraty Law, VIDA, Brooklyn Poets, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, PowderKeg, Vol. 1 BrooklynKey West Literary Seminars, Tin House, The Poetry Foundation, and more.

We are dedicated to organizing a unique and inspiring event -- but something this big won't come cheap, and we need your help! Between venue rental and AV fees at NYU, insurance, catering, taxes and administrative fees, and other event-related expenses, the costs add up fast. And making this symposium as accessible as possible – by keeping ticket prices low, providing scholarships to subsidize costs for a few attendees, and recording panels for those who can't make it to New York – adds even more expenses. But with your help, we can make it work!

If we're able to raise $40,000, we will be able to make it happen. If we raise more than that, we'll be able to do something even bigger and better. Reach goals include:

$45,000: Free tote bags and other swag for all conference attendees. [UNLOCKED!]

$60,000: Free lunch for all conference attendees.

$75,000: Select panels will be livestreamed so that remote attendees can experience them as they happen.

We are a movement: help us give inspiration and excitement, in person, to hundreds of women and gender non-conforming people this October.

Want to help make it happen?

There are many ways to support BinderCon – and we appreciate help at any level! Whether you've got $5 or $5000, we've got a reward for you. And thanks to our fiscal sponsor, WAM!, all contributions to this project are tax deductible! Full details are in the sidebar, but here are a few you'll especially want to take note of:

For $20, you'll receive complimentary access to our online archives of select panels, allowing you to enjoy the conference even from afar.

For $100, you'll receive a ticket to the symposium at our discounted early bird price. [SOLD OUT!]

For $150, you'll receive a ticket to the symposium.

For $300, you'll receive a ticket to the symposium, support a scholarship recipient, and receive access to our exclusive VIP after party.

We also have plenty of fantastic rewards donated by some of our fabulous supporters, from literary journal subscriptions to manuscript critiques. Want one of these rewards and a ticket to the symposium? Just add $100 to your contribution.

Interested in supporting us as a sponsor? That's great! We have three different sponsorship tiers – see the rewards sidebar for all the details, and feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

About our fiscal sponsor:

This event is being produced with the help of of WAM! (Women, Action, and the Media). WAM! is an independent North American nonprofit dedicated to building a robust, effective, inclusive movement for gender justice in media. WAM! connects, supports and organizes media makers, activists, academics and funders working to advance women’s media participation, ownership and representation. WAM! does this through programming put on by volunteer-run local chapters across the country, promoting our grassroots direct-action network called WAM!CAN, maintaining an active and provocative listserv, and various major conferences and events.

Risks and challenges

With any event this large, involving this many people, there are always logistical challenges. But with our team of experienced event planners and project administrators, we believe we will be able to handle them. We have already secured event space and have numerous women committed to present, participate, and volunteer. All we need are the funds to make it happen!

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    SUPPORTER: Help us help women and gender nonconforming writers, and get updates on our progress.

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    REMOTE ATTENDEE: Want to be a part of the action, but can't make it to New York for the symposium? Receive complementary access to online archives of our panels with a $20 contribution.

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    BINDER SWAG: Get a sweet symposium t-shirt.

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    A year long subscription to Tin House (8 issues, print and digital access, valued at $59.95). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A one-year subscription to Poetry Magazine, plus a tote bag. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A Marianne Moore baseball tee from Brooklyn Poets. (Check it out here: http://swag.brooklynpoets.org/collections/frontpage/products/organic-baseball-tee-marianne-moore-55). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A bundle of books from Soho Press, including: THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, INSIDE MADELEINE by Paula Bomer, GETAWAY by Lisa Brackmann, and RAINEY ROYAL by Dylan Landis. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    Signed copies of Roxane Gay's AN UNTAMED STATE and BAD FEMINIST. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get a ticket to our two-day symposium for the discounted price of $100. Want a t-shirt too? Add $50 to your pledge.

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    A bundle of books from Simon & Schuster, including: BRAIN ON FIRE by Susannah Cahalan, THE FLAMETHROWERS by Rachel Kushner, BRICK LANE by Monica Ali, THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan, and A STORY LATELY TOLD by Anjelica Huston. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    CONFERENCE TICKET: get a ticket to our two-day symposium. Want a t-shirt too? Add $50 to your pledge.

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    Brooklyn Poets Workshop (valued at $295). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    Waffle Party & Book Club for 8 people in NYC. One WORD bookseller will help you choose a book for your book club (or bookish friends) and moderate a lively discussion over waffles! Have waffle iron, will travel to any apartment in the five boroughs, or can be hosted in our Brooklyn apartment (must be cat friendly for this option). Includes 10% off up to 8 copies of the book club title at WORD Brooklyn. Waffles can be GF, vegan, and always delicious.

    Fine print: Must be scheduled 6 weeks in advance. Saturdays only. Waffle brunch includes waffles and toppings -- libations not included. Alternate hosting location with wheelchair access available in lower Manhattan.

    Donated by Courtney Gillette & Emily Pullen.

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    SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORTER: Give the gift of symposium attendance to another writer. Backers at this level will receive one ticket for themselves while buying one for a scholarship recipient. As a show of thanks for your generosity, you'll also receive an invitation to our VIP reception.

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    Get a custom pie chart made by The Hairpin's Ann Friedman. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    Layout and editing for your self-published book from Jenn Baker. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    An eight-week class at Sackett Street Writers Workshop (valued at $525). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A custom Famous Lady Writer embroidery by Jacqui Shine (see examples here: http://loosethreadembroidery.tumblr.com/). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A short story manuscript critique (5000 words maximum) by Roxane Gay. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A desk at PowderKeg, Brooklyn's work space for women and gender nonconforming writers, for one quarter (valued at $750). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    Social media playbook from Hey, Sarah!: A six-week social media jumpstart program containing content, tips, and consulting, completely scaleable to an author's social media goals and current savvy (valued at $1500). Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    Lunch with Leslie Jamison. MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A manuscript critique by Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher at Soho Press. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A manuscript critique by Victoria Matsui, editor at Little, Brown. Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    A week-long writers' residency with Key West Literary Seminars. Includes a nice apartment in a great neighborhood, an outing with the staff, and transportation to/from the local airport.The residency must take place sometime in 2015, between April-October, does not include transportation to Key West. See more details about the residency here: http://www.kwls.org/residencies/ Want a symposium ticket too? Add $100 to your pledge.

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    SYMPOSIUM SPONSORSHIP: BRONZE LEVEL: Sponsors at this level will receive the name of their organization on a thank you slide at end of videos when put online, a thank you during opening and closing remarks, a mention in a blog post thanking them for their participation, one dedicated tweet from the conference mentioning their sponsorship, their organization name on banners and signage throughout conference, their organization name on website in sponsorship sidebar, and their organization name in footer of attendee emails

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    SYMPOSIUM SPONSORSHIP: SILVER LEVEL: Sponsors at this level will receive a on screen 15 second video during conference (to be provided by sponsor), a logo on a thank you slide at end of videos when put online, a blog post thanking them, 2 dedicated tweets from the conference mentioning their sponsorship, a logo placement on banners and signage throughout conference, a logo placement on website in sponsorship sidebar, a logo placement in footer of attendee emails.

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    SYMPOSIUM SPONSORSHIP: GOLD LEVEL: Sponsors at this level will receive a on screen 30 second video during conference (to be provided by sponsor), a dedicated thank you slide at end of videos when put online, a dedicated blog post thanking them, 3 dedicated tweets from the conference mentioning their sponsorship, top logo placement on banners and signage throughout conference, top logo placement on website in sponsorship sidebar, and top logo placement in footer of attendee emails.

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