What: Diversity in YA Literature
Who: Khadija Grant
When: July 18, 2017 – 6:15-8:15pm – Please note the new starting time.
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: Writing a diverse character into a story can be tricky, especially if the writer is unfamiliar with the culture. However, there are a number of ways to become skilled at writing from another cultures point of view, painting vivid settings, and touching on issues young adults from all cultures must battle, even if you lack experience in the area.
This presentation will cover:
- Tips on how to write realistic and diverse characters, settings and storylines you many have not experienced.
- How to avoid stereotypes and addressing culture sensitive issues.
- My experience with writing diverse characters in Young Adult Fiction and some of the challenges I have overcome, including working with disadvantaged youth both online and offline and how I use it to write compelling stories.
About the Presenter: Khadija Grant was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is the proud mother of three beautiful little girls. She has a passion for transforming social issues into raw, yet inspirational stories and enjoys giving back to the youth. Her first book, ‘The Influenced’ was featured and highly regarded by the community of Wattpad. Her second book, ‘You Can Start One Too’ was also featured this year at Grant Elementary’s 1,000 Night of Stars. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak and is an ambassador for El Pomar’s College and Readiness Success Program. Her mission is to inspire and empower the youth to become the best they can be, regardless of what they look like or where they come from. She is currently working on the sequel to ‘The Influenced’ as well as ‘The Day and Night Contest’ to inspire children to follow their passion.
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