Writing Native American Characters: How Not To Do A Rowling | On Demand Master Class

Writing Native American Characters: How Not To Do A Rowling

J. K. Rowling drew negative attention from Native people for what she did in her work Magic in North America. The mistakes she made were common–very common–and also easily avoidable. In this seminar, Native scholar and activist Debbie Reese talks about the missteps Rowling and many other authors have made, why they are a problem, and offers writers strategies for avoiding them and doing better.

Topics Include:

  • Native Nationhood and Sovereignty
  • History
  • Representation and Impact
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Language and Naming
  • Spiritual Traditions
  • Stereotypes and Tropes to Avoid
  • Researching Native Americans for Fiction
  • Worldbuilding for Speculative Fiction

The class includes both the video recording of the live seminar plus supplemental resources and reading recommendations. All class materials are online, and a download link will be emailed to you after you complete your purchase.

Accessibility: The class video is closed captioned and a transcript of the video is available to everyone who purchases the seminar.

Price: $50

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Part of the Fall 2016 Master Class Series, Sponsored By:

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Seminars designed as a deep dive into a specific Writing the Other topic. While the online classes, Weekend Intensives, and Classic seminars provide a good foundation, the Master Classes go beyond the basics and allow writers to learn from and ask questions of experts in specific areas.

Who Should Take These Classes?

These seminars are available to any writer, but they assume some familiarity with the basics of the concepts found in the Writing the Other: A Practical Approach book. If you have not attended a Weekend Intensive or other course, retreat, or workshop, you can still take a Master Class as long as you have read the book and familiarize yourself with the material on the Resources page before class. (We suggest reading Invisible and Invisible 2 plus the links at the bottom of the page.) This will give you enough foundation for this Master Class.

These seminars are designed to be particularly beneficial for writers who’ve taken one of our foundational classes.