R148. RX for Writers Targeted by Hate Speech and Trolling

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Today, the internet and social media are becoming part and parcel of a writing career—so what are writers to do when besieged by online hate speech and harassment that targets their work, their identity, and in some cases, their sense of personal safety? In this discussion, writers who refuse to be silenced join cyber harassment experts to illuminate the internet’s dark side, while discussing the best tools and techniques for facing the trolls and combating hate in our online communities.


Katy Glenn Bass is the director of PEN America’s Free Expression Policy and Research. She focuses on free expression in the US, China, and PEN’s other core focus countries, and supervises the production of PEN’s reports analyzing issues that affect free expression around the world.

Ashley Ford is an essayist, editor, and columnist with work in PANK magazine, The Rumpus, Crossed Genres magazine, ELLE magazine, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, and Literary Orphans.

Whitney Phillips is an assistant professor of literary studies and writing at Mercer University. She holds a PhD in English with a folklore structured emphasis (digital culture focus), as well as an MFA in creative writing. She is the author of two books on online ambivalence and antagonism.

Laura Macomber


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside