How do we write from outside our experience? Specifically: how do we create characters whose skin colour, ethnicity, sexuality, and/or gender are not our own? How do we ensure the characters ring true? In this workshop we will cover dangerous tropes and how to avoid them, the importance of research, subject matter experts, why getting it right is important, practical advice for character building, and ask the crucial questions: why do you want to tell this story and are you equipped for the job?
About Sharon Bala:
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, was shortlisted for several awards, and has been translated into four languages. In 2017 she won the Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at: sharonbala.com
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