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Writing Characters of Color

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A safe space for writers to explore how to add diversity into their fiction.

Writing Characters of Color

This is a community for anyone interested in writing about characters of color (COC). Many white writers want to see more diversity in fiction, but believe that they don't know how to create honest, respectful, and/or realistic COC, and they give up trying. This is a safe, working space for such writers to ask questions, get work vetted, and learn—in other words, mistakes will be made. The point isn't to avoid messing up, it's to learn from your mistakes and become a better writer.

Because the focus here is on white writers learning about how to write COC, this is not a safe space for people of color. Inappropriate things may be said and will be corrected, but with the exception of obvious hostility, there won't be any silencing or policing of others. With that said, writers and readers of color are welcome to join if they have interest in cultivating discussion, prompting critical thinking, helping to vet another's work, or would also like help writing COC (of another race/ethnicity or of their own).

This community was created from a need in a M/M historical fiction community, but writers and readers of all genres and races are welcome.

Some resources to get you started:

How to Read and Respond to Literature of Colour

Transracial Writing for the Sincere

Why My Protags Aren't White (Justine Larbalestier, a white author)

The Advantages of Being a White Writer

Homework For White Folks (plenty of additional resources links)