Resources for Writers

This list provides information on writing cross-culturally, thinking about racial and cultural issues as a writer, and representing experiences and backgrounds that are different from you own.

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Seeing Blind Spots

  • Stephen King’s Super-Duper Magical Negroes: Nnedi Okorafor examines Stephen King’s use of the “Magical Negro” trope and how it can be avoided.
  • Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story: Chimamanda Adichie’s transformative TED talk shows us what is lost when writers focus on only one kind of story.
  • Appropriate Cultural Appropriation: Nisi Shawl addresses how to watch out for stereotypes and other problematic portrayals of people of color.
  • Challenge, Counter, Controvert: Uma Krishnaswami on subverting expectations in our writing.
  • Don’t put my book in the African American section: N.K. Jemison’s response to the segregation of works by black writers in some libraries and bookstores.
  • White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Peggy McIntosh reflects on white privilege and entitlement.

Writing Race

  • Writing Race: A Checklist for Writers: From Mital Perkins
  • Transracial Writing for the Sincere: Nisi Shawl’s resources writing cross-culturally.
  • Is my character ‘black enough’?: A discussion of racial issues of interest to writers.