We live in a time of vibrant diversity in our literature. Every genre of creative writing is experiencing a superabundance of styles and perspectives from writers with different influences, intentions, and expressions. Publishers, agents, and editors are seeking new voices that speak to the experiences and desires of new audiences. Who are these audiences and why are they ascendant? How can we understand these changes and apply them to our own work and how can we participate in these conversations online and IRL without becoming Twitter’s Main Character? This session will be a mix of lecture and moderated conversation and will focus on highlighting approaches to engaging diverse perspectives positively and with confidence.