Characters, Not Caricatures–Writing People Who Aren’t Like You
with Cheryl A. Head and Mia P. Manansala
Writing about the lives, environments, and cultures of people who are not in our networks of influence can feel awkward and stressful. Still, including diverse characters in our novels is the common-sense thing to do. It accurately reflects the world around us, our current readers expect it, and our new readers will demand it.
Authors Cheryl Head and Mia P. Manansala will lead this hands-on workshop. Attendees will walk away with practical tips, useful resources, and increased competence in:
1) writing diverse characters who are authentic, whole, and three-dimensional;
2) being intentional and thoughtful when writing about marginalized communities; and
3) knowing how, and when, to use sensitivity readers and advisors.
Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concordia University Chicago
Koehneke Community Center
Oak Park River Forest Room
7400 Augusta St., River Forest, Illinois
Free parking on-site; also accessible to public transportation. A boxed lunch is included in your conference fee — and so are coffee, tea, and brownies! (MWA Members: $20 / Non-members: $50)
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One person per RSVP. Payments must be made in advance to guarantee seats. We expect this event to sell out. If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
Making a weekend of it? Consider attending Murder and Mayhem in Chicago the day before this event with keynote speakers Sophie Hannah and Scott Turow. MWA Midwest is a co-sponsor of Murder and Mayhem.
Park in the Lot 5 Visitors Lot (yellow spots at top of map below). Enter off Bonnie Brae Place. You can get to Bonnie Brae Place from Division Street or Augusta Street. Bonnie Brae Place is one block West of Harlem Avenue. Please observe any parking restriction signs.
You can take the CTA L Blue and Green Lines to the area and then walk or take the bus to the campus.
Take the Blue Line toward Forest Park to the end of the line at Forest Park. From the Forest Park Transportation Center, look for a bus that travels north along Harlem. Buses 90 and 318 are likely options. Take the northbound bus to Harlem and Thomas or Harlem and Division and walk one block West to Bonnie Brae Place and then campus.
Take the Green Line toward Harlem and Lake to the Harlem and Lake stop. From the Harlem and Lake Stop, look for a bus that travels north along Harlem Avenue. Buses 90 and 318 are likely options. Take the northbound bus to Harlem and Thomas or Harlem and Division and walk one block West to Bonnie Brae Place and then campus.
If you don’t mind walking a mile, you can turn left out of the Harlem CTA Stop and head north on Harlem, staying on the west side of the street (Starbucks, Boston Market). Cross Lake Ave., and then Chicago Ave. The next major street is Augusta. Turn left and then take a right on Bonnie Brae. The building is located behind the parking garage that will be on your left as you approach Division.