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Diversity and Own Voices in Writing: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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There has been a lot of talk about diversity in writing lately and a lot of controversy to go with it. Own voices is another subject that is getting a lot of attention. For all the writers out there not familiar with the extent of these subjects, I’ve compiled what I hope are some really useful links on the topic for you today.

  1. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/don-t-dip-your-pen-in-someone-else-s-blood-writers-and-the-other-1.3533819 Don’t Dip Your Pen in Someone Else’s Blood: Writers and ‘the other’: This article by Kitt de Waal in The Irish Times is superb and gives a great understanding about diversity and cultural appropriation. She talks about the importance of research and respect.
  2. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/03/08/writing-tips-how-to-authentically-write-diversity/ Writing Tips: How To Authentically Write Diversity: This article offers five tips for incorporating diversity authentically into your writing. From being true to yourself to understanding conflict as well as a great acronym R.E.A.C.H and how to use it.
  3. https://the-artifice.com/writing-diverse-characters/ Pursuing Equity When Writing Diverse Characters: This article looks at a number of books that feature diverse characters and looks at what worked and what didn’t. It’s a great article for writers looking to learn more about how to craft diverse characters and do it well.
  4. https://jamigold.com/2017/10/want-to-write-with-diversity-but-not-sure-how-guest-bran-l-ayres/ Want to Write with Diversity but Not Sure How? This is a great article for those who want to explore diversity in their writing while avoiding stereotypes and ensuring you do it right.
  5. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/04/228847/own-voices-movement-ya-literature-impact What is #OwnVoices Doing To Our Books? This article looks at the impact the Own Voices movement is having on YA literature. Should characters only be written about authors with the same identity? The Own Voices movement is about improving diversity but is it a step too far? The cancellation of books set for publication and the controversy and increasingly toxic landscape in YA is explored in this article.
  6. https://jamigold.com/2018/04/what-does-own-voices-mean-for-authors-and-readers-guest-bran-l-ayres/ What does #OwnVoices Mean for Authors and Readers: This is another article that explores #OwnVoices and how some authors may not be comfortable adding the label to their work. It also talks about the problem of Catfishing and how to avoid it.

I hope you enjoy these links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

About the author

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

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