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Imitation is art: editing fanfiction and adaptation

Recorded presentation

Venue: recorded presentation – video link and password access will be sent in the confirmation email.
Cost: IPEd members AUD10, non-members AUD15


Access closes: 31 December 2020

Jes Layton is the Media, Communications and Administration Coordinator for the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office and Express Media. He is a writer and artist, with work found in Junkee, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, the AZE Journal, Concrete Queers, the Victorian Writer, Enby Life, and scattered elsewhere online. Jes has presented at a variety of both local and national writers festivals unpacking queerness, fandom, and pop culture. Her story 'Chemical Expression' was published in Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. Find Jes online at @AGeekWithAHat.

Apart from having several essays and pieces published that contextualise exploring fanfiction for those who may not be familiar, Jes has also participated in panels and headed reading events, workshops and Q+As about fanfiction and digital literature at a variety of writers festivals, including Melbourne Writers Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and Digital Writers Festival, the last being an online tour of some fanfiction sites and platforms you can find here (from early 2017).

Fanfiction is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the world of literature, with just as many readers and writers praising it as condemning it. As polarising as it may be, fanfiction has been, and continues to be, the bread and butter of some of today's most successful authors: E.L. James, Cassandra Clare, Marissa Meyer, Neil Gaiman and Dante. But what is fanfiction exactly? And what is the role of the editor in this unique and historic form of writing? Writer and artist Jes Layton will take you from the roots of fanfiction and its emergence into the public sphere to covering practical insights into working with fanfiction, along with a casual discussion of the impact the internet is having on the writer/editor relationship.

'Fanfiction is not only the start or "practise mat" of many writers' and editors' creative journeys, but is a growing, diverse and boundary-pushing form of writing all on its own."

This is a recorded presentation.