Theme focus: writing race and ethnicity
Time: 10:30 - 14:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW249
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
With greater call for diversity in the publishing industry, and a readership hungry for writing that represents the diverse reality of our world, it is even more crucial than ever for writers to know how to write about race and ethnicity in a sensitive and compelling way. How can we challenge status quos, tell multiple hybrid truths, and remain ethical?
In this short course, we’ll explore how theme functions in creative writing, and how to make your writing on race and ethnicity dynamic and nuanced. We’ll read texts from a range of authors and learn the debates surrounding writing race and ethnicity. We’ll also delve into how to harness the power of your own identity and learn how to navigate the pitfalls of writing characters and perspectives from different cultures.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Debates and ethics on the question of writing race
- Techniques for writing race, ethnicity and culture used by diverse writers
- Skills for writing nuanced characters
- Ability to feedback on others’ writing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key debates around writing race and ethnicity
- Identify how theme and subtext function in works from diverse writers with confidence
- Identify challenges in this area in your own writing
- Apply subtext and develop theme in your own writing
- Create nuanced characters
- Critically reflect on your own and others’ writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course and students will be expected to have some prior experience of writing creatively. You will need to be fluent in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be reading and short writing exercises to do outside of class. In class, we will engage with topics and texts through analysis and discussion, writing exercises, workshopping and feedback.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can continue exploring theme through our Theme Focus series, or if you’re ready to receive rigorous critical feedback on your work you can try our Advanced Fiction and Advanced Poetry writing workshops. See our website for details of upcoming courses.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Amita’s novel The Trouble with Rose came out with Harper Collins in 2019 and with Random House Blanvalet in 2020. Her short story collection Marmite and Mango Chutney won the SI Leeds Literary Award in 2016 and stories have appeared in Wasafiri, Aesthetica, Brand, Sand Berlin, the Berkeley Fiction Review and others. Amita has done workshops and talks at Waterstones, the Ilkley Literature Festival, Woolwich Library, Plymouth University/Literature Works, Westminster University, the London Literature Festival and others. She has taught the MA Fiction Workshop at the University of East Anglia. She has held residencies at Plymouth University and University College London/Leverhulme.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.