Shai Fenwick

Shai Fenwick was born in Trinidad and Tobago to two economists and has been involved in both politics and education since she was a toddler. She has copy-edited engineers in Houston; edited and written for a daily newspaper and a monthly state magazine; worked with hearing and visually impaired students on behavior modification; taught science and social studies; and worked with faculty, staff, and a diverse array of students, faculty and staff at the University of Oklahoma. Her history is multinational and multiethnic.

She has served on the board of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice; the steering committee for Take Root Conference on Red State Reproductive Justice; the board of the Future Society of Central Oklahoma; currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English; and is a union representative in the OEA.

Fenwick earned her Bachelor’s in Anthropology, her Master’s in Professional Writing, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. She is a founding partner of Cobalt Prairie Consulting LLC in Norman, teaches high school senior English, and is a fierce advocate for equity, inquiry, and justice everywhere.

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Professional Development for Teachers: Genre YA and the Classroom

Genre YA allows teachers to provide mirrors, windows, and sliding doors for students to see analogous experiences of themselves and their peers in the classroom as part of rigorous curriculum and instruction. As school literary choice becomes more of a curricular necessity for teachers in Oklahoma and nationwide, YA lit provides an opportunity to engage students in transferable analytical skills in the classroom while providing multilevel scaffolding for reading exploration and mastery. Please bring your curriculum standards. We will work to help identify texts and strategies for decoding and using YA lit in the classroom! (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Shai Fenwick

Panelists: Shai Fenwick

Tracks: Professional Development, Writing & Publishing, Workshop

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Beyond Libraries and Google: Practical Research Techniques for Writers

There are many ways to research for a story. Certainly, a strong Google-fu is needed, but what other research resources and hands-on practicums are available for writers?

Moderator: Gwenna Laithland

Panelists: Charles Dane Clark, Daniel Erickson, Shai Fenwick, Brian A. Hopkins, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Folk and Fantasy, Kith and Kin

Modern fantasy and urban fantasy often draw from oral and academic histories of folktales worldwide. How are these best incorporated into today's sf stories? And what's the line between appreciation and appropriation of these cultural myths in making new media mythologies?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, David Carrico, Shai Fenwick, A. Lee Martinez, Ted Pennella, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, Fantasy

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup, General Interest