Conference Schedule 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Big Fat World: Fiction for All Sizes with Kelly deVos
Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Traditions, University Club (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
Tags: Body, Character, Description, Health, Body Positivity, Stereotypes
About the Session
In the U.S., upwards of 40% of the population is currently classified as overweight and there is a growing cultural awareness of the body positive and fat positive movements. It is becoming increasingly important for fiction writers to fill their worlds with people of a variety of body types. This session will discuss how and why to incorporate people of all sizes into fiction as well as how to deal with and/or eliminate fat stereotypes. We will also discuss explicit versus implicit bias and how to make purposely choices in physical characterizations such that our texts are genuine reflection of our authorial intent.