Writing the Other

Writing the Other

by Nisi Shawl

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Overview

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl, Cynthia Ward

During the 1992 Clarion West Writers Workshop attended by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, one of the students expressed the opinion that it is a mistake to write about people of ethnic backgrounds different from your own because you might get it wrong—horribly, offensively wrong—and so it is better not even to try. This opinion, commonplace among published as well as aspiring writers, struck Nisi as taking the easy way out and spurred her to write an essay addressing the problem of how to write about characters marked by racial and ethnic differences. In the course of writing the essay, however, she realized that similar problems arise when writers try to create characters whose gender, sexual preference, and age differ significantly from their own. Nisi and Cynthia collaborated to develop a workshop that addresses these problems with the aim of both increasing writers’ skill and sensitivity in portraying difference in their fiction as well as allaying their anxieties about "getting it wrong." Writing the Other: A Practical Approach is the manual that grew out of their workshop. It discusses basic aspects of characterization and offers elementary techniques, practical exercises, and examples for helping writers create richer and more accurate characters with "differences."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149018826
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Publication date: 01/03/2014
Series: Conversation Series , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 122
Sales rank: 539,115
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

Nisi Shawl is the author of Filter House, which won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and, with Cynthia Ward, the co-author of the celebrated Writing the Other: A Practical Approach. She is also the editor of The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 5: On Writing and Racial Identity. She reviews science fiction for the Seattle Times, teaches writing workshops at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA., and is the reviews editor of The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Cynthia Ward <> has published stories in Asimov's SF Magazine and other anthologies and magazines.

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