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Writing While White: How to be a Voice of Change

These are confusing times to be a white writer with inclusive intentions. How do you address diversity in your work? What do you have permission to write about? How do you create realistic nonwhite characters? How do you be an ally when white voices are subject to so much scrutiny? This session will be a safe place to get some of your questions answered and develop a new lens through which you can be a powerful voice in the quest for racial reconciliation. This workshop will be conducted by African American lecturer, essayist, and author Desiree Cooper. Poet Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk and short story writer Kelly Fordon will join the panel to share their experiences as white writers addressing race in their work. This workshop will include a lecture and panel discussion, along with writing prompts to help explore new territory for white writers.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
1:00 PM EST - 3:30 PM EST
The Muse Writers Center
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I Have the Answer

Stories by Kelly Fordon

Short stories that manage to feel both fantastical and disturbingly familiar.

Published: April 2020
ISBN: 9780814347522
Published: April 2020
ISBN: 9780814347539

Know the Mother

Stories by Desiree Cooper

Short, searing glimpses of how race and gender shadow even the most intimate moments of women’s lives.

Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341490
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9780814341506