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Sat, Mar 02


Renton Library

Writing Diversity in Popular Fiction

with Eliana West

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Time & Location

Mar 02, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST

Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave S, Renton, WA 98057, USA

About the Event

In this workshop:

“Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S.—young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.” Pew Research

Have you wanted to write more diverse characters but have been afraid? I’m going to give you the basic tools to write characters from different racial backgrounds without falling into many of the common pitfalls that create characters that are stereotypes instead of real people.

Tap into this growing new market and potentially grow your readership by adding diversity to your story.

Writing Diversity in Popular Fiction is a workshop focused on how authors can create realistic multicultural characters. Topics in this workshop include:

  • How to describe skin ton, hair, and physical traits without using stereotypes or using food.
  • Creating your character’s multicultural backstory.
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance Effect – how to avoid the stereotype of the “wise black friend”
  • Terms to describe someone of mixed race – psst, it’s not Mulatto.

This will be a closed-door session with honest thoughtful dialogue, all questions are welcome and there will be no censure for any questions asked, in other words, you can’t offend Eliana! Here’s your chance to ask questions about race that you may have been afraid to ask.

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