A small collection of resources for creating inclusive fiction and other narratives curated by Writing the Other teachers. A more comprehensive library of online resources is available to alumni of our classes, workshops, and retreats.
Should I Write Diverse Characters?
- Representation Matters: A Literary Call To Arms
- Representing My Equals by Nisi Shawl
- How Not to Be All About What It’s Not All About: Further Thoughts on Writing About Someone Else’s Culture and Experience by Nisi Shawl
- When it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are you not asking?
- 7 Casually Racist Things White Writers Do
- Writing the Margins from the Centre and Other Moral Geometries by Amal El-Mohtar
- Max Gladstone on Bees and Diversity
- Mexican-American author and poet David Bowles on #ownvoices, representation, allyship, guests, and assorted issues dealing with POC characters/stories being written by white folks. [Twitter thread]
- Worldbuilding: What’s Missing, What’s Real, and What You Shouldn’t Leave Out by Elle Maruska and Jeannette Ng
Resources By Identity Category
Resources That Dig Deeper
Though the term’s origins are academic, intersectionality is not a distant theory. It impacts everyday lives and should be a part of every writer’s thought process when creating characters. [Read >>]
An extensive collection of articles, blog posts, and essays on how to understand what Cultural Appropriation is and is not, why it’s a problem, and how to avoid it. [Read >>]
Resources for Editors, Agents, and Publishers
- Questions Agents and Editors Can Use to Evaluate American Indian Content by Kara Stewart
- Custom Writing the Other Seminars for Agencies and Publishing Houses