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Writing diverse characters from the outside in
15 September @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
About the course
Many fiction writers would like to increase the diversity of their created characters, but may be held back by fears of cultural appropriation or causing offence among their readership. However, by approaching other cultures and communities with empathy, openness and humility, it is possible to write effectively about people with different backgrounds and experiences from the outside in.
Drawing on psychological study and practice, this workshop will use individual exercises and facilitated group discussion to explore ways of avoiding stereotypes and of building bridges between the author and the diverse characters they want to create.
What you will learn
By the end of this three-hour course you will have developed:
1. Understanding of the psychological mechanisms of difference, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and appropriation, and their relevance to creative writing;
2. Awareness of the ubiquity of stereotypes and how to subvert them;
3. Confidence in your ability to create diverse characters.
About Anne Goodwin
Anne Goodwin’s professional background as a clinical psychologist in the NHS included delivering experiential workshops on attitudes and issues of diversity to healthcare professionals. Anne’s debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and highly praised by readers with a similar lived experience to the protagonist. It won Book of the Year (Fiction) in the inaugural Nottingham Writers’ Studio Awards. Anne’s fiction also addresses themes of mental health, identity and prejudice. Her second novel, Underneath, was published in 2017 and her short story collection, Becoming Someone, is scheduled for release in November 2018. Anne can be found Tweeting as @Annecdotist.
Book your place
The price of this course is £24 for general admission and £18 for NWS members.
Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.