Discussions that will be held during the ChiTeen Lit Fest

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Headliners in Conversation

Get to know influential literary figures and hear their ideas about writing. ChiTeen Lit Fest Headlining authors Alverne Ball, Jessie Ann Foley, Alex V. Hernandez, Alison Ogunmokun, and Sejahari Saulter-Villegas as they discuss their pathways to being awesome, successful writers, editors and authors.

12:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Can’t Get You Outta My Headline 

In a world surrounded by controversial issues, as bloggers and journalists, we need to be able to deliver factual information that engages the public. Discover journalists and bloggers of different practices that will inform and guide them through the ever changing world of writing. Haus Theater, 1st floor

Mr, Ms, Mx From He to Ze: Explore Your Identity 

With societal gender norms always present, understanding how your identity affects your writing can be challenging. If you have questions, this is the panel for you. Explore just how big of an impact your gender has on your writing. Perhaps you’ve been told you stray off topic or maybe you express yourself in a peculiar way. A judgment free zone, no matter what your pronouns are, could be just what you need. Hokin Theater, 1st floor

Set the Scene 

Imagine having your work performed on a real-life stage for all to experience. If you love writing and plays, and want to know how to fuse them together to create masterpieces, this is the panel for you! Join a conversation and talk side-by-side with seasoned playwrights on the writing process and the motivation behind their work. All the world’s a stage! Room 627

2 – 3:15 p.m.

Urban Niche 

Have you ever wondered about the story behind your favorite mural? Or how an artist chooses a location to paint a certain mural? We’ve got the panel for you! You’ll get insight from real street artists about their inspirations to create murals. As well as learning about their processes when creating these murals. Haus Theater, 1st floor

3:45 – 5 p.m

Fashion, Lifestyle, and Storytelling Through Blogging 

Fashion is storytelling, too. Do you want to know how to jumpstart your career as a fashion and lifestyle blogger, turning yourself into your own brand? Join some of Chicago’s top fashion and lifestyle experts to explore their world of self-marketing and blogging, and how you can set and share your own trends in today’s digital world. Haus Theater, 1st floor

Speak Your Truth 

Now more than ever the young adult perspective needs to be heard, especially in today’s socio-political climate. If you’re experiencing a roadblock in how you can get involved in your community, join this panel to explore the various creative ways to write, create, and SPEAK your truth. The time for action is now! Room 627

Teen Analysis: The Fire Next Time with Bogan High School

James Baldwin was a writer who fought for civil rights in the 1960s with provocative words and ideas. Join teens from Bogan High School as we read and unpack Baldwin’s powerful expose’, analysis, and challenge to racial privilege and religious prejudice, The Fire Next Time. We’ll fire back against today’s social injustices as we write our own words and ideas. Room 807C

Zine Scene: See You in the Funny Pages

For most, success begins with making the front cover. For some, this can be taken quite literally. Get to know a sophisticated touch to chapbooks and zines through conversation with three-hole pamphlet stitch as well as more complex bookbinding skills. Learn from the best and you will be making your own cover in no time. Hokin Theater, 1st floor