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On Writing About Another Culture

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

UPDATE: I no longer agree that just “getting it right” is enough. I’ve taken a different course with my novel, but the resources in this article are very good and worth reading, as is the book Writing the Other.

When I started writing stories as a kid, I remember wanting to write about things beyond my imagination and understanding. I was of course, like most young girls growing up in the 80s and 90s, very much smitten with the wondrously¬† daydreamy Anne Shirley. But like Anne, there came a time when I found myself with writer’s block. The practical advice she was given was also parroted by my own mother: write what I know.¬† It’s a nice sentiment. Continue reading