Description of Class
One night. One author. One focused study of the craft.
We’re pleased to welcome author Gina Frangello to the studio for this single-session master class, Someone Else’s Skin: Writing Outside Your Demographic.
Writing a character outside of your demographic is an intimidating endeavor to most people. Yet getting deeply inside the skin of a character who differs greatly from you is at the very heart of literature, from E.M. Forester’s A Passage to India to Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love. In this class, we provide a safe space to talk about how to diversify our writing responsibly and credibly, using models, guidelines, and individual life experiences.
This session is not only focused on race, but also sexual orientation and gender identity, religion or nationality, and other forms of “Otherness” that might make contemporary writers nervous and might cause their work to be homogenous and white-washed. Whether you would like your cast of characters to look like something beyond Wonder Bread, are a man writing as a woman, a straight writer writing about a gay character, an American writing about a citizen of another country, or an atheist writing as someone devout, you have to jump hurdles of both self-censorship and the perils of “appropriation.” Get ready to explore works that have taken bold risks, consult some serious (and tongue-in-cheek) advice for white writers from writers of color, and interrogate questions of who has the “right” to speak as whom.
“No one breathes complexity and compassion into their characters quite like Gina Frangello.” —Coast MagazineTop