Your Hosts: Mary Robinette and Howard Tayler, with special guests Fran Wilde, C.L. Polk, and William Alexander
Whether or not you’re writing from your own experience, depicting disability in fiction is fraught. In this episode we’ll talk about some of the dos and don’ts in order to provide you with guidelines for disability depiction.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Write a scene with two characters – one abled, one disabled. Write two versions, each from the POV of a different character.
Your Hosts: Piper, Tempest, DongWon, with special guest Erin Roberts
What can we do to be allies to members of marginalized groups? Many of us want to find ways to help others have safe, comfortable places within our communities, but worry about coming across the wrong way. In this episode, our hosts talk about how we can do this well as writers, as members of writing communities, and in society at large.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Find the most recent story that you’ve consumed. Do two of the following: Leave a review, talk about it on social media, tell someone in person, or tell a bookseller or Librarian
Your Hosts: Dan, Tempest, and DongWon
The single most asked question we get on the subject of writing cultures other than our own is some variation on “can we even DO this anymore?”
Short answer: YES, YOU CAN.
Our objective with this episode is to encourage you to put in the work, do the research, and write outside of your culture or personal experience. At risk of sounding cliché, it’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
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Your homework is to show that you’ve done your homework. Make a list of the things you’re going to do (or have done) to properly research writing the other.
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard
We’re not talking about character voice here. We’re talking about your voice as a writer, your authorial style, and the aesthetics you employ, and how this is an expression unique to you. And with that definition out of the way, our discussion focuses around how we go about identifying, developing, and embracing our personal styles.
(And, of course, when this is something to actually worry about it.)
Liner Notes: here is Corinne Duyvis’ FAQ and commentary about the Twitter hashtag #ownvoices, and the movement it describes.
Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered in a secret laboratory by Alex Jackson
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Take something written by someone else, which you did not like, and rewrite it in a way that makes it sound like you, with your voice.