Tag Archives | Diversity

GUEST POST: The Writer as Tour Guide

The Writer as Tour Guide 6 Tips for Writing Outside Your Own Culture Let’s say that you run a tour company where you serve as bus driver and tour guide for people who want to have an intense, immersive experience of a fascinating city. Ideally, you should know that city intimately. But what if you’ve never been there? You could hire a local bus driver and tour guide—someone who’s familiar with the history, the streets, […]

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Stories for All: Inclusive World Building with Tara Sim

There are so many aspects to consider when you’re crafting secondary fantasy worlds. The first place you might start is figuring out how many countries there are, what the world is called, where the oceans are in relation to your setting, and so on. Then you dive deeper to figure out the cultures, the people, the government, the relationships between each nation. Honestly, I could talk for days about world building (and I’m pretty sure […]

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learning to “write the other”

These days, it seems a week doesn’t go by without another debate about the merits of young adult fiction or diversity in fiction. We’ve made so much progress, but we have such a long way to go… One frequent comment about the challenge of writing more stories featuring protagonists who are of color or LGBTQIA or have different abilities is that many writers worry they will get it wrong, so they would rather not try. Of course it’s much easier […]

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Introducing Sona Charaipotra!

Can you give us a bit of backstory about CAKE Literary? What is it? What made you and Dhonielle start it? CAKE Literary is a boutique book packager with a decidedly diverse bent. We come up with fun, high concept, page-turnery ideas with a strong, organic layer of diversity built in, define and outline the “package,” find an #ownvoices writer to work with us on the story, then take it to publishers. The idea is […]

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About That White as Default Thing

A while back, author Malinda Lo tweeted a story where she came across a woman who told her that she deliberately left her character’s race ambiguous so the reader could decide. Malinda’s response was that the woman should define her character’s race clearly. @malindalo I think what white people don't understand is that whiteness is not a race; it is erasure of ethnicity. It's the absence of race. — JJ (@sjaejones) September 3, 2015 Bear […]

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