Best Practices for Equity-Driven Acquisitions: Shifting from Gatekeeping to Spacemaking


The “gatekeeping” framework of our industry is a major structural hurdle to diversity and inclusion in publishing. It is not enough to recognize our biases and stop doing harm (though that’s a key first step). We need to brainstorm ways to repair the historical damage done to our cultural institutions and artists. How do we shift from “gatekeeping” and towards what attendees of SFU’s 2018 Publishing Unbound conference called “spacemaking”: a process that solicits, supports, and develops the work of marginalized writers and professionals? In this dynamic, action-focused session, a team of industry professionals will lead attendees in a collaborative, generative process to develop “Best Practices” guidelines for industry adoption.

Supported by the Literary Press Group of Canada.