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Mar 10

Panel: Writing What You Aren’t

Image by Drew Coffman

Image by Drew Coffman

10:30 AM Saturday 22rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Susan Beck (Weekend at Lennox), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns) and Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin). Hosted by Jules Wilkinson (Squee! the Book).

One of the first things you’re told is to write what you know. Of course, if this is the writer’s maxim, one has to ask if one needs to be a sorcerer to write about sorcery, a vampire to write about vampires, or even a gay man to write about gay men.

It’s been an open secret that a large portion of queer fiction–especially male/male fiction–is written by women. Often heterosexual women. A lot of the readers are straight women as well, and there’s even been a book written on the subject.

So how do you write about someone when there’s literally no way to walk any distance in their shoes at all? How do you write about a community you aren’t part of and who can take offence if you don’t get the details right? We ask three of our favourite female authors just that–and for any research tips which might be useful regardless of what you’re writing.