Researching and Writing Diversity
Saturday 20 June 2020, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $200
Conc Member: $120
In a literary culture that is growing ever more interested in diverse literature and experiences, and is more eager than ever to champion inclusivity, it is both an artistic and a moral impetus to produce writing that is diverse, well-researched and authentic. Contemporary writers are understandably interested in writing inclusive literature, especially as regards to people of colour, women, the LGBTQIA+ community and people with disability.
However, writing diverse literature – particularly if one happens to not belong to the group one is writing about – can be daunting, and will require a fair amount of research and self-reflection on one’s own privileges and biases.
This course aims to arm writers with real, practicable research and writing skills that allow them to develop their empathy, sensitivity, socio-historical understanding and creative acumen so that they may write more inclusively. As well, writers who themselves are from diverse backgrounds and who wish to ‘translate’ their experiences from personal histories into public stories will gain confidence to do so.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Participants will gain confidence to
- Write characters that hail from other cultures or from other parts of the world
- Create LGBTQIA+ content with knowledge of the community’s history and present challenges
- Write about disability and mental illness in an informed and respectful manner
- Write fiction about women in a manner that is non-sexist, diverse and authentic
Pen and paper, or fully charged device
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