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Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Avoiding Generalized Characters

Saturday, February 16th, from 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: Intermediate
12 seats max

Whether the result of a creative rut or not quite knowing how to represent a character from a different culture, race, or gender, it's unfortunately easy to turn to generalizations and stereotypes in our writing. This is especially true when the media, news, and entertainment often portray single aspects of a demographic as if that’s all which defines them. This one-day class will explore how to flip the script and turn the generalized Nasty Women and Bad Hombres into strong, empowered characters. To get started, we'll discuss common tropes that should be avoided in our writing. We'll interrogate the kinds of stories we wish to tell, the characters we’re interested in exploring, and some of the ways we can do so successfully. You will have the choice to write a new piece in class or bring something previously written, to be shared with and thoughtfully critiqued by your peers and instructor. 

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Zyanya Avila Louis
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