Race Matters: Writing Diverse Characters and Stories with Ginger McKnight-Chavers (November to December)

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM until Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Ginger McKnight-Chavers 
    2 hour session on Wednesdays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    November 11 to December 16,  no session November 25
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    As our day-to-day lives are filled with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientation and identities, so too are the stories we create as writers. Creating characters, stories and dialogue that authentically reflect the diverse world we live in is an important skill for all fiction writers. But may writers get it wrong, falling prey to tropes and stereotypes, despite their best intentions. And other writers become so afraid of getting it wrong, that they avoid including characters who are different from themselves, even when to do so renders their stories less realistic. But there are tools and resources writers can use to sensitively and convincingly represent “other” characters in their work. This course will help authors develop diverse characters, story lines and dialogue in order to craft works that are as rich and diverse as the world we live in.

    Ginger McKnight-Chavers is an author and attorney whose debut novel, In the Heart of Texas (She Writes Press), won the 2016 USA Best Book Award in the category of African American Fiction. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Oak Cliff, appears in the Summer 2019 issue of Solstice as a finalist in their annual literary contest. A native Texan, McKnight-Chavers is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School. She was a Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College and is an instructor in SLC’s Writing Institute. McKnight-Chavers was a contributor to Oil and Water: And Other Things That Don’t Mix, and her work appears in Essence, ShareBlue, The Huffington Post, and other publications.

    Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.