Race Matters: Writing Diverse Characters with Ginger McKnight-Chavers

    Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Online Course

    Instructor: Ginger McKnight-Chavers
    6 hour VIRTUAL session on Saturday, July 17
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    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 one day intensive 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. 

    Who Should Take This Class?
    This class is primarily for writers of fiction though aspects of the class apply to nonfiction/memoir authors as well.      

    Your Instructor
    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.     


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.