Tonight, Kai Cheng Thom gave a talk about sensitivity writing and how to write outside your own experiences.
She started off the night reading from her poem out of A Place Called No Homeland, and then talked about working with Amber Dawn. who acted as her sensitivity reader, on the editing of the book, Thom described Dawn's editing as "kind interrogation about what personal experience is, and what biases and assumptions we bring to the table when writing". Ultimately, she felt the poem improved with edits.
She also talked a lot about the fear of putting work out, but also the fact that writers have always had to be brave. "It is dangerous to be a storyteller, it has always been dangerous to be a storyteller", and left us with the encouragement that "we must be brave and we must be strong".