Writer Resources

You’re viewing the first iteration of this list. It will be updated as we add more links and titles. For now, the majority of the recommendations are related to writing the other, compiled as a supplement to our post, On #OwnVoices and the Importance of Sensitivity Readers.

Recommended Texts

Writing the Other by Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl

Life Isn’t Binary by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity by Micah Rajunov

Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F (three volumes) (A lot of these essays are available on Jim C Hines’ blog. They are all published together in the books.)

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer
Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K Le Guin

Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget by Stan Litore

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses

The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger

Relevant Secondary texts:

About Writing by Samuel R Delaney

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Web Resources

Writing the Other Roundtable: How To Stay In Your Lane

Listening 101 or What Happens When Your Sensitivity Reader Tells You The Book is Hot Garbage

Representation is Hard

Representing My Equals

11.46: Colonialism, with Steven Barnes, Tempest Bradford, DongWon Song, and Shveta Thakrar

Should White People Write About People of Color?

Hiromi Goto: WisCon38 Guest of Honour Speech

Writing POC When You are White

The Easiest And Quickest Way To Make A Bunch Of White People Mad At You (Hint: Just Say “No”)

Writing People of Color

Writing Better Diverse Characters

Nine Worlds: The ‘Just Don’t’ list from Writing the Other workshop

Writing the Margins from the Centre and Other Moral Geometries by Amal El-Mohtar

Max Gladstone on Bees and Diversity

The Dos and Don’ts of Writing About the Disabled

Good Writers, Coasting, and How You Can Avoid Joss Whedon’s Mistakes

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