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Writing the Other: Resources

Narrative writers who would like to portray a diverse cast of characters in their work may find a valuable guide in this collection of resources compiled by the instructors at Writing the Other, which focuses on helping writers "learn to write characters very different from you sensitively and convincingly." Here, readers will find links to numerous articles, essays, blog posts, and other freely available resources helpfully organized into categories. To begin, several links address the question "Why should I write inclusive fiction?" These are followed by a section that focuses on writing characters from four broad identity categories: race and ethnicity, gender (including trans and non-binary), sexual orientation, and characters with disabilities. On each category's page, visitors can learn about what Tropes & Stereotypes to Avoid and find suggestions of where to turn for Resources and Research. Several categories also have links discussing language choices and examples of how to write characters from these groups well. Back on the main Resources page, the third section offers links to information on Intersectionality and Characterization as well as "The Cultural Appropriation Primer." Taken together, these resources offer writers a helpful starting point in learning "how to craft characters from any background, no matter how different they are from you."
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Date of Scout Publication
November 1st, 2019
Date Of Record Creation
October 17th, 2019 at 11:20am
Date Of Record Release
October 25th, 2019 at 11:45am
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