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FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP: Writing Diversity
April 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Make diversity a part of your fiction without stereotyping or simplifying issues
WRITING DIVERSITY with Carley Mercedes Gomez
In the last few years there have been a number of writing controversies relating to the depiction of minority groups–for example, the representation of Mexicans in American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and a number of YA books that have been pulled before they were ever published due to claims of racism. This has led to both an important awareness, and occasionally a paralyzing fear, about what one should or shouldn’t write. Diversity is present in society and is necessary to fiction, so we must confront these concerns about representation head-on. In this session we’ll explore how to make diversity a part of our work without stereotyping or simplifying issues surrounding representation. There will be writing exercises that will encourage you to evaluate your own internal biases and help you remove them from your writing. We’ll think through examples of problematic representations of gender, ability, neurodiversity, and race. Finally, I’ll share tactics for applying these principles in a critique group or workshop setting.
Class meets virtually Saturdays, April 10 and 17, 1 – 2:30 pm. Tuition for this three-hour two-part workshop is $60.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this workshop, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457. Full scholarships are available for this class for Door County educators and high school students. Please call 920.868.1457 for more information.
Carley Mercedes Gomez is a Cuban-American writer and visual artist working in Columbia, MO. She is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Missouri where she studies speculative fiction and border literature. At the University, she is a Gus T. Ridgel fellow and teaches writing courses. Her creative work is concerned with multiplicity of identities and the intergenerational consequences of colonialism. Her fiction has appeared in Mud Season Review, Passages North, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Her collaborative artist book, Playing House, is held in collection at The University of Arizona Poetry Center and The Joan Flash Artists Book Collection. She has an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.