Nisi Shawl and Daniel José Older on The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt Podcast

Nisi talks about issues around writing representative fiction with Andrew Chamberlain of The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt alongside author Daniel José Older.

How should we present characters from a range of different backgrounds in our work? How can we portray these characters with integrity and respect, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and ability? And how can we navigate this issue with confidence, especially if we come from a group that is perceived to be privileged?

Most us will need to present characters in our work who are not like us in some which is socially determined as important. So for example differences in race, and gender, and sexual orientation are currently determined by society as important. Dealing with these differences is the critical cultural issue for writers today… This conversation is essential listening for anyone who is serious about dealing successfully with the challenge of ‘writing the other’.

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