Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Worldly Wednesday: Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  It's going to be 81 degrees here in Green Bay, WI -- breaking the record of 67 degrees set back in 1911.  The weather has me convinced that I really never left Africa at all...

Anyway, as I delve into revisions of two cultural picture books and my novel (set in West Africa, about 200 years in the future), I wanted to share with you a workshop for writers that looks to be a great help to those of us whose characters live or are influenced heavily by a particular culture.

That workshop, coming up next month, is run by the Highlights Foundation -- called "Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice."  It's going to be led by Donna Jo Napoli and Mitali Perkins, and will address questions such as "who has the right to write multiculturally" and "does the term 'multicultural literature' match the needs of today's book market?"  Additionally, you can get manuscript critiques from an impressive faculty!

I had planned on attending this, but my husband booked a trip to his home country on the same dates (ok, ok, it really is his turn to travel).  So, I wanted to share with all of you this wonderful workshop, because there's still a window of opportunity to sign up!  Please let me know if you plan to attend, I'd love a wrap-up guest post from someone who attended as I really wanted to go to this one...

Anyway, if you want to learn more about the April 26-29 workshop entitled "Creating an Authentic Cultural Voice," check out the details from the Highlights Foundation here.

1 comment:

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Sounds like a great workshop (as all the Highlights ones do.) I sometimes think I'd like to write something multicultural, but I don't feel qualified!

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