Further Up, and Further In | Books on Craft | Free Online Resources

After you’ve read Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, read these books to deepen your understanding.

Invisible edited by Jim C. Hines

Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F
edited by Jim C. Hines

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“…part of what makes a good story is that it’s honest. I want the characters to feel true. I want the world to feel like a genuine reflection of ours. Even the most distant fantasy worlds or science fictional universes have a connection to our own. … It’s not about quotas or checklists. It’s about recognizing our own assumptions and defaults. … That means looking around. Listening to people. Moving beyond stereotypes and assumptions, and writing well-rounded characters.”
–Jim C. Hines at Book Smugglers

Invisible 2 edited by Jim C. Hines

Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F
edited by Jim C. Hines

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19 personal and powerful essays about representation in science fiction and fantasy, an introduction by award-winning author Aliette de Bodard, as well as a list of suggested books and stories.

In reality, representation is more like constructing your fancy glass houses, then letting everyone else smash them apart and pick up bits to take home. Your art can easily cut others deeply, resulting in infection and scars. People may step around the broken fragments to protect themselves, or gather them carefully with padded gloves. And, on occasion, someone may pick out a shard from the dirt because it had sparkled like a jewel in their hand.
–from Diana M Pho’s essay

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

The Geek Feminist Revolution
by Kameron Hurley

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“This is an essential book for working and aspiring authors. It’s part writing advice, part call to revolution, part manual for how to be a writer and an activist and a loudmouth even when (especially when) you’re not a straight, white, cisgender man. This book is the next step in the conversation about how to write the Other. Hurley’s essays are a beacon, signaling to writers in the trenches that they’re not alone, and they’re not imagining how hard it is to push against the mainstream, or how the culture shoves back ten times harder.”
―K Tempest Bradford

Books on Craft

Racist writing is… a craft failure.” –Kwame Dawes

Many issues when writing the Other crop up due to mistakes in craft. Each of these books talks about character and language in a way that will give you an excellent foundation for learning higher level skills.


Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
by Jeff VanderMeer

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Steering the Craft by Ursula K LeGuin

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
by Ursula K. Le Guin

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About Writing by Samuel R Delany

About Writing:
Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews
by Samuel R. Delany

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Online Resources

A small collection of links curated by Writing the Other teachers. A more comprehensive library of online resources is available to alumni of our classes, workshops, and retreats.

Why Should I Write Inclusive Fiction?


Should White People Write About People of Color?

Resources Supporting This Video – Includes Sensitivity Reader Links


Resources By Identity Category

Worldbuilding and Cultural Appropriation

But It’s Just Fiction!

Native activist and scholar Debbie Reese explains why “just fiction” matters.


Understanding Intersectionality

Links on Intersectionality and Characterization

Relevant Writing Excuses Podcast Episodes