“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: TinyLetter, Lena Dunham, Edan Lepucki, WAM! (Women, Action, and the Media), Heraty Law, VIDA, Brooklyn Poets, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, PowderKeg, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Key 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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