Thanks to everyone who came to our Bindercon LA panel, How to Build a Writing Community!

From left to right: Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Neelanjana Banerjee, Siel Ju, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Michelle Franke at Bindercon LA, UCLA, Los Angeles on March 19, 2016

From left to right: Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Neelanjana Banerjee, Siel Ju, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Michelle Franke at Bindercon LA, UCLA, Los Angeles on March 19, 2016

And thank you to my fellow panelists — Michelle Franke of The Rattling Wall and Pen Center USA, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo of Women Who Submit, Neelanjana Banerjee of Kaya Press, and poet Lauren Eggert-Crowe — for sharing valuable tips and tools and for acting as community-builders in the Los Angeles literary community.

From left to right: Siel Ju, Michelle Franke, Neelanjana Banerjee, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo at Bindercon LA, UCLA, Los Angeles on March 19, 2016

From left to right: Siel Ju, Michelle Franke, Neelanjana Banerjee, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo at Bindercon LA, UCLA, Los Angeles on March 19, 2016

The entire two-day event was fun and practical and aspirational and motivational. I especially got a lot out of Glendaliz Camacho and Grace Sobrenome’s panel on applying to residencies — and was inspired  by Pamela Redmond Satran‘s talk about pursuing a diverse writing career. A big thank you to the Bindercon LA organizers — Leigh Stein, Kima Jones, Andrea Guevara, and many others for putting all of this together.