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RWA® Online presents:

Adding the Spice of Diversity to Your Writing presented by B.A. Binns

Class begins: 8/31/15 and ends 9/25/15

Registration opens: 8/17/15

Cost: $15

Last day to register: 8/31/15

Location: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

Class Description

This is a four week class with homework assignments. The target Audience is beginner and intermediate writers and anyone interested in about adding diversity and multicultural elements to their writing.

Many authors fear inserting diverse characters and settings into their work for fear of creating a stereotype of not getting it right. This course will explore both the reader’s need for something different, and ways to put those different characters on the page free of stereotype. This includes characters from different races, ethnic backgrounds, and with disabilities.


Week 1 –

What is diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think)

Why is it important to writers/readers

Write what you know, and what you don’t know, learn

Week 2 –

Taking ourselves out of the story, putting the character in


Introducing your characters and settings to your readers. Sometimes the hardest work happens at the start.

Week 3 –

Backstory - Getting to the heart and soul of a character

Avoiding clichés and stereotypes




Week 4 –

Final touches & Resources

Keeping it together, revision and editing and keeping things real

Presenter Bio:

I am a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, Romance Writers of America, the Chicago Black Author’s Network, ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) and ACAIC (Association of Children's Authors and Illustrators of Color). In 2010 I was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart® contest with my contemporary romantic elements novel, Damaged Goods which revolves around an inter-racial romance. I am also a member of the ALA (American Library Association) and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). My debut novel PULL was published in 2010 from Westside Books. My second novel, Being God, was published in Feb, 2013 with Minority Of One released in 2014. All feature males of different ages and backgrounds, and much were written using the male POV. I have given presentations on diversity in fiction to attendees at the 2014 Chicago North Spring Fling conference as well as to librarians at ALA, and conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Connecticut. My novels and short stories, Pull (2010 Westside Books), Being God (2013 All The Colors Of Love) and Minority Of One (2014) all feature multicultural casts.

My website is http://babinns.com and my blog is http://barbarabinns.com

Facebook – http://facebook.com/allthecolorsoflove


Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

For more information, contact the workshop coordinator, Patti Fischer, at fisc40pa@aol.com

Thank you.

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