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MWA-U 2019: Characters, Not Caricatures
Sunday, March 24th
11 am - 2:30 pm

Concordia University Chicago
Koehneke Community Center - Oak Park River Forest Room
7400 Augusta St.
River Forest, IL 60305

MWA Members: $20
Non-members: $50

Writing about the lives, environments, and cultures of people who are not in our networks of influence can feel awkward and stressful. Still, including diverse characters in our novels is the common-sense thing to do. It accurately reflects the world around us, our current readers expect it, and our new readers will demand it.

Authors Cheryl Head and Mia P. Manansala will lead this hands-on workshop. Attendees will walk away with practical tips, useful resources, and increased competence in:

1) writing diverse characters who are authentic, whole, and three-dimensional;
2) being intentional and thoughtful when writing about marginalized communities; and
3) knowing how, and when, to use sensitivity readers and advisors.

Free parking on-site; also accessible to public transportation. A boxed lunch is included in your conference fee -- and so are coffee, tea, and brownies!

One person per RSVP. Payments must be made in advance to guarantee seats. We expect this event to sell out. If you have questions, please send them to and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

You will receive a confirmation email within one week. We look forward to seeing you there!

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