4-Week Online (Zoom) Workshop: Writing Diverse Characters, Starts March 13, 2021
Class Starts Saturday, March 13th, 2021
Class will meet weekly via Zoom, 1PM – 4PM EST
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Led by Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists. The first book in her latest cozy series, A Deadly Inside Scoop, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now, with the second book, A Game of Cones, coming in March 2021.
Not feeling comfortable writing characters who don’t look like you? Not even sure why you should? Diversity in books—from authorship to publishing—is in demand and is expected as it reflects the world we live in and the worlds we create on the page.
Representation is important in writing and an integral part of crafting good narratives, and so is respect and sensitivity. Discussions in this workshop will help writers to move past stereotypes of race and ethnicity and learn how to include characters who are different from themselves in their work.
Overcome the daunting task of developing diverse characters that are authentic and believable. Learn why and when not to include diverse character and how to build an inclusive story.
Week #1: Come prepared to discuss problems you’re having writing the other in your current WIP. Learn about problems current works have had when writing the other. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins will be discussed and well as flops and successes in writing diversified characters.
Week #2: Introduction of Rudine Sims Bishop’s Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Door concept of writing the other. Discussion on cultural appropriation and stereotypes in writing. Class will include writing exercises.
Week #3: Creating your authentic diverse character: how to do it and what to use as descriptors. Class will include writing exercises.
Week #4: Overview of when and why to include diversity in your story. Feeling comfortable about inclusivity in your book and using sensitivity readers.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom.
Instructor: Abby L. Vandiver
Starts March 13th, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE and meets weekly via Zoom, 1PM – 4PM EST
Instructor Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, is a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. The first book in her latest cozy series, A Deadly Inside Scoop, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now, with the second book, A Game of Cones, coming in March 2021.