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How to Write Respectfully Outside Your Experience

Learn how to build characters with diverse backgrounds while avoiding potentially offensive stereotypes and imagery.

In the new publishing environment, how confident are you about including characters of different races, gender orientations, ethnicities and religions?


Let's face it -- not every character you create will be just like you. To make your stories interesting and appealing, you need to include characters with varied backgrounds.

But, especially now, that's not as easy as it sounds. As awareness grows about cultural stereotyping and insensitive portrayals, many writers find themselves paralyzed by doubt when it comes to the subject.


In this superb session, award-winning author and writing educator Teresa Funke will help you navigate the new landscape. In one info-packed session, you'll learn:

  • When and how to include diverse characters.
  • How to research the era, events, or cultures you want to portray.
  • How to notice and process the differences between you and those with differing backgrounds.
  • How to ask for and get direct feedback from members of a group you are portraying.
  • How to respectfully create characters of a different race, culture, religion or sexual orientation.
  • How to write characters with disabilities or other challenges, characters from nontraditional or adoptive families, and those from privileged or disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • How to avoid stereotypical characters or storylines.


Your Instructor


Teresa Funke
Teresa Funke

Award-winning author and in-demand writer's coach. Teresa is the author of numerous books for young readers, including self-published hits Dancing In Combat Books, V for Victory and Wave Me Goodbye.


Here's What's Included:


  How to Write Respectfully Outside Your Experience
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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