Comments from Spring Fling:
Thanks you so much for the great workshop at Spring Fling. In the car on the way home, I figured out how to solve a major problem with one of my short stories, thanks to some of the things you said. - Mary Driver-Thiel
My new online class, Adding the Spice Of Diversity to your writing is being offered in August, 2014 in association with the Low Country RWA chapter. Find out more about the class and register at LRWA Workshop site
Course description:Many authors fear inserting diverse characters and settings into their work for fear of creating a stereotype of not getting it right. This course will explore both the reader’s need for something different, and ways to put those different characters on the page free of stereotype. This includes characters from different races, ethnic backgrounds, and with disabilities.
Week 1This is a four week class and will include homework assignments. The target Audience is beginner and intermediate writers and anyone interested in about adding diversity and multicultural elements to their writing.
What is diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think) Why is it important to writers/readersWeek 2
Write what you know, and what you don't know, learn
Taking ourselves out of the story, putting the character inWeek 3
Introducing your characters and settings to your readers. Sometimes the hardest work happens at the start.
Backstory - Getting to the heart and soul of a character Avoiding cliches and stereotypesWeek 4
Final touches & Resources Keeping it together, revision and editing and keeping things real
Interested in taking the journey? Register at LRWA Workshop site