Writing (female) characters

Writing (female) characters

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSWriting better female characters is covered in a lot of writing advice. Many of these pieces will preface their comments with sarcastic comments like ‘Women are people too, duh’. This sort of statement, I think,...
Describing women with Gwen C. Katz

Describing women with Gwen C. Katz

YA author Gwen C. Katz came across a forum thread about men’s ability to write female characters. There was the usual toxicity there – brushing off any criticism as more ‘SJW bullshit’. She wanted to speak out, but she had no idea her comments would...
Jeanne Cavelos on teaching genre writing

Jeanne Cavelos on teaching genre writing

Every few years I see articles pop up in my news feed debating the merits of creative writing courses. Can you teach writing, they ask. Writing is a skill just like any other – you might not be able to imbue someone with a sense of imagination, but you can show them...