F124. Writing LGBTQ Fiction Based on Real People

Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Novels and short stories are often shaped by real events happening to real people that they know. Three LGBTQ writers will talk about the real people within their stories and how the creative process changed both the characters and ultimately the authors themselves. For LGBTQ writers, exploring these stories become an exploration of our larger community and the known and unknown histories of our lives. Each of our writers will discuss these themes and read from their works.



Alan Lessik is a novelist, a zen practitioner LGBT activist. His debut novel, The Troubleseeker, was a finalist for Publishing Triangle 2017 LGBTQ Fiction Award. Nonfiction works published in Lambda Literary, Advocate, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Frontiers, and KQED Radio Perspective.

Kathy Anderson is the author of Bull and Other Stories, which won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Bull and Other Stories was longlisted for The Story Prize and was a finalist for Publishing Triangle's Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword INDIES awards.

Larry Benjamin is the author of the novels: In His Eyes, Unbroken, and What Binds Us; the short story collection, Damaged Angels; and a novella, Vampire Rising. He tends to draw his stories from real life focusing on themes of love and loss, mental illness, domestic violence, and invisibility.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center