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Writing Multicultural Fiction 6 Week Zoom Workshop, Starts October 11th, 2021
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$395.00

Writing Multicultural Fiction 6 Week Zoom Workshop, Starts October 11th, 2021


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Class Starts Monday, October 11th, 2021

Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Mondays at 8:00PM EST.

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Led by Divya Sood, author of the novels Nights Like This and Find Someone to Love, a finalist for the Golden Crown Award. Divya holds a Master of Arts in English from NYU and her work also appears in The Masters Review Anthology XIII.

This course teaches you how to use culture in writing in ways that enhance the text and add richness and texture to your writing. Culture can have implications in setting (the culture of New York City is very different than the culture of Kansas City, for example), it can have implications in character development (ethnicity), and it can have implications in music, art, and time.

It is important to ground your novel or short story in a setting that is so real that the reader is transported to the world that you create.

This class teaches you the ins and outs of how to write culture effectively without exoticizing or alienating people and places. It also teaches you how to steer clear of stereotypes in writing and how to use details and setting to create a multi-cultural environment in your fiction. Lastly, it helps you draw from your own culture to authenticate your voice.

Topics covered in 6 weeks will include:

  • What is culture?
  • How do you write culture without having it be clunky or offensive?
  • Where to draw inspiration from your own culture?
  • How do you write about those different than you?
  • Why is culture important in writing?

Students will learn skills for both short fiction and novel writing. The main takeways will be:

  • How setting and culture complement each other
  • How character development is made richer by using culture
  • How an array of cultures can make the work more complex and authentic
  • How plot can be influenced by culture
  • How to write culture without being offensive

Students will leave the course having used culture in a short story or in the completed chapter of a novel. They will take with them tools such as how to conduct research regarding culture, how to work a multicultural environment into text, and how to seamlessly narrate a multicultural story. They will also leave having read, discussed, and analyzed multicultural short stories.

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

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  • Instructor: Divya Sood

  • Class Starts Monday, October 11th, 2021

  • Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Mondays from 8:00PM EST - 10:00PM EST.

Instructor Divya Sood is the author of the novels Find Someone to Love and Nights Like This. Find Someone to Love was a finalist for the Golden Crown Award. Kirkus Reviews states that it is "Observant, stirring writing that explores the challenges of openness."  Divya was born in Kolkata, India. She migrated to the United States as a child and grew up in Edison, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Edison High School, she was awarded the medal for Outstanding Achievement in English. She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate work with a major in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. While at Rutgers, she was awarded the Evelyn Hamilton First Prize for Fiction, the Edna N. Herzberg First Prize for Fiction, and the New Jersey Chapter of National Society of Arts and Letters First Prize for Short Fiction. Divya holds a Master of Arts in English from New York University. She has been published in The Masters Review Anthology XIII. She resides in Queens, New York. Her website is www.divyasood.com.

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