Your Hosts: Dan, Piper, and Tempest, with special guest Yang Yang Wang
Yang Yang Wang, an author, actor, and director (among many other things) joins us for a discussion of language, food, and a whole raft of other cultural elements critical to crafting Chinese-American characters.
Credits: this episode was recorded by Ross Smith and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Take a culture, and a character who is a descendent of immigrants from that culture, then write a scene where that character returns to the original culture
Your Hosts: Piper, Dan, and Tempest, with special guests Nisi Shawl and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Writing stories which feature people who are not like you is, in a word, difficult. In another word? Fraught. But good writers do difficult things, and in this episode Nisi Shawl and Silvia Moreno-Garcia join us to discuss how research can make “writing the other” less difficult, and perhaps even less fraught.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Ross Smith, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Find news article or clipping from before 1980 as part of your research into something that interests you.
Your Hosts: Piper, Dan, and Tempest, with special guest Nisi Shawl
Whether you’re writing about a real-world religion, or one you’ve created for your setting, there are numerous factors to be aware of. In this episode we discuss a few good and bad examples of depictions of religions, and the ways in which these examples can inform the way we approach our own projects.
Credits: this episode was recorded by Ross Smith, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Choose an aspect of culture that ties into religion (dealing with death, for instance), and explore how specific religious beliefs have influenced that culture.
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
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:30 — 16.2MB)
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: Piper, Dan, and Tempest, with special guest Nicola Griffith
In this episode we discuss how to faithfully represent people with physical disabilities through the characters we create. Our guest, Nicola Griffith, walks us through the process of rigorously imagining how the world might look to someone with a particular disability.
Credits: This episode was mastered by Alex Jackson
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Put yourself into the point of view of a character with a strong defining characteristic. Visit a restaurant, and explore how it might look through their eyes rather than your own.
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.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 22:19 — 15.4MB)
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: Dan Wells, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Julia Rios
Julia Rios joins us to talk about writing characters who come from one of the many Latin-American cultures or subcultures. “Latinx” is a catch-all term for people with Latin-American heritage, including mixed-race people. In this episode we talk about mash-up cuisine, intersectionality, and how to navigate the subtleties to find the specific cultural elements which will help you create Latinx characters.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
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Research and then write a meal scene in the POV of a person from a specific culture.
Your Hosts: Dan, Tempest, DongWon, and TJ
This is the first of our Writing The Other episodes, in which we set out to help writers portray people who are unlike them. In this episode we’re joined by T.J. Berry. She walks us through the language and terminology of bisexuality.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:35 — 12.9MB)
Find and watch the 100th episode of Brooklyn 99, which portrays the coming-out of a bisexual character