Race Matters: Writing Diverse Characters and Stories with Ginger McKnight-Chavers   Everything you wanted to know about writing “the other,” but were afraid to ask … (February to March)

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM until Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Ginger McKnight-Chavers
    2 hour session on Fridays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    February 5 to March 5
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Creating characters, stories and dialogue that authentically reflect the diverse world we live in is an important skill for fiction writers of all genres.  However, the mere mention of the word “diversity” inspires fear in the minds of many writers.  Afraid of “getting it wrong” or unintentionally offending others, writers too often struggle with characters and stories that differ from their own backgrounds, identities and experiences.  How do we accurately and respectfully reflect the people and diverse experiences of the world we live in?  How do we avoid tropes and stereotypes?  How do we shed our fears of failure, and why is this important?

    This course creates a “safe space” for writers to tackle their fears and craft stories and characters as rich and diverse as the world we live in.  You will learn valuable tools in a supportive environment, where there are no “dumb” questions. These tools not only will help you write diverse characters and stories, but they will help you improve your storytelling skills overall.

    Ginger McKnight-Chavers is a Harvard-trained attorney who studied fiction writing at The Writing Institute and was a Kathryn Gurfein Fellow.  In 2016, she published her first novel, In the Heart of Texas, a satirical romp through her home state that featured a diverse array of colorful characters and won a USA Best Book Award.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.