Writing the Other
With Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford
September 11 - 16, 2020
Representation is fundamental to writing great fiction. Creating characters that reflect the diversity of the world we all live in is important for all writers and creators of fictional narratives. But writers often find it difficult to represent people whose identities are very different from their own. This can lead to fear of getting it wrong — horribly, offensively wrong — and, in the face of that, some think it’s better to not even try.
In truth, it is possible to write characters who represent the “Other” sensitively and convincingly. In this 5-day immersion, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will cover:
- Avoiding stereotypes and tropes in characterization
- How to describe people from different backgrounds
- Building inclusive worlds
The workshop is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, graphic novels, screenplays, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level. You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have published anything yet.
Author of Everfair and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the James Tiptree, Jr. Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated collection Filter House. Nisi is the co-editor of Stories for Chip and Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices. They edit reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a literary quarterly from Aqueduct Press. They are a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and have served on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop. Nisi developed the Writing the Other workshop with Cynthia Ward, and has taught it for over a decade in person and online.…
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Speculative fiction writer, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Tempest’s fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines (Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede) and best-selling anthologies (Diverse Energies, Federations, In the Shadow of the Towers); her essays and criticism have appeared on io9, NPR, Tor.com, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Usual Path to Publication. She volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations, served as a juror for the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award, organized fundraising auctions and salons for the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and raised funds for Clarion West, her writing workshop alma mater. Currently, she serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an…
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