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“Authors are under increasing pressure to land on the right side of history as it pertains to characterizations, story themes, and personal views,” says instructor Kilby Blades. “Readers, critics, and industry demand cultural and social awareness. When authors get it wrong, the stakes are high.”
Just look at recent debacles—from sharp criticism of Jeannine Cummins’ American Dirt to allegations of transphobia on the part of JK Rowling. Callout culture and cancel culture leave little room for mistakes. It begs the question: how can authors eliminate their own blind spots and biases and turn each project into an opportunity to write more evolved work?
We will begin our exploration of writing “woke” fiction and nonfiction with a look at changing reader demographics, 21st century expectations, and the framing of diversity, inclusion, and identity through the creative lens. An in-class exercise will foster our discussion about own voices (lived experience) vs. interpretation. Using your current work-in-progress or story concept, a peer feedback session will introduce a framework that lets you practice questioning your story decisions. We will conclude with candid discussion and Q&A about how to avoid land mines and seek meaningful feedback about your work.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kilby Blades is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romance and Women’s Fiction. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize Semi-Finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. Kilby was honored with an RSJ Emma Award for Best Debut Author in 2018, and has been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publisher’s Weekly). Kilby is a feminist, an oenophile, a cinephile, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.
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