POC Writing Group

Welcome! This is the online peer writing group for people of color. We exchange writing once a month and provide feedback, share what we learned, and support each other in our writing journeys. Please read the FAQ and other links before sending an ask.
A white person could write a great character of color, and a man can write a great female character — but ability doesn’t equal intent and execution. Matt Reeves recently exemplified this problem. When Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came out, some noted that the film had exactly two female characters — neither of whom had much screen-time or value in the narrative. It wasn’t on purpose; when asked, Reeves said, “Gosh, I don’t know…it’s sort of a shame that, as you say, that’s sort of true.”

Like many habitual problems, this comes down to close-mindedness: if no one forces the creative to think outside the box or explain themselves, the practice will continue unchecked. It’s one of the best arguments for the value of diverse creatives — to break out of the habits that unintentionally create women-free or white worlds, reductive characterizations, or Bechdel-failing narratives.

Hollywood also has to be willing to retain diversity when it is present. As Ursula K. Le Guin wrote when her Earthsea was whitewashed: “With all freedom comes responsibility.”

sandyfarquhar:

sandyfarquhar:

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TRANS WOMEN ACROSS GENRES

THE DEADLINE IS ~~TOMORROW~~~

DEADLINE MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 6TH

EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts invites submissions for a special online issue dedicated exclusively to CREATIVE WRITING BY TRANS WOMEN, edited by Trace Peterson, co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.

We are looking for work from EVERY GENRE: Prose, Poetry, Poetics, Fiction, Nonfiction, Erotica, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Fan Fiction, Memoir, Essay, Review, or anything else you can think of. Mixed-genre or multi-genre writing is welcome and encouraged.

How do we define “trans women”? You, if submitting writing for this project, should identify as such.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Deadline is Aug 30 September 6. Send 2-3 pieces from a genre of your choice to tracepeterson1@gmail.com

- http://eoagh.com/?page_id=2177

DO IT DO IT

trace is awesome and EOAGH is too! go go!

(PS. if you’re thinking about submitting but feeling shy or feel like your work needs another eye, i’d be happy to be that eye today.)

trace pushed back the deadline!

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This is the second of our bi-weekly writing goal posts. Every two weeks, I’ll ask for your writing goals and provide accountability so that you can keep writing. 

1) Reply or reblog with your writing goal. Be SPECIFIC, don’t be general because that can actually sabotage you. Also, be realistic. It’s okay if your goal seems really easy or small. The point is that you should be successful and not set yourself up for failure. 

  • Good example: Write 1000 words 3x each week.
  • Bad example: Work on my novel. 

2) On September 13th, I will tag all you in a post to check how your goals went. If you succeeded, awesome! If you didn’t succeed, that’s okay, try to assess what happened. Was your goal to ambitious? Were you not prepared? Did something happen? How can you do better next time?

I also highly recommend creating a google spreadsheet (or something similar) to keep track of your progress. 

Imagine by December 31 what you could accomplish! Let’s keep each other motivated and get some major writing done together! :D

pocwritinggroup:

pocwritinggroup:

NOTE: This chat is only open to people of color ONLY. 

Want to meet other writers of color and chat with them online? Talk about what you’re working on as well as discuss issues you’re having in the next chat on August 30th at 7PM EST

RSVP here and you’ll be sent the password to the chatroom an hour or two before we meet (PLEASE ENABLE YOUR ASKBOX OR I WON’T BE ABLE TO SEND YOU INFO). To people already on the list, the password to the chatroom is the same. I will only send the password to new folks who say “Yes” to attending, otherwise send me a message next Saturday for the password if you’re a maybe. 

Discussion Theme for Aug. 30: What are your writing goals? 

  • What are you working towards right now? Finishing a short story? Finishing a novel? Completing an outline? Getting ready for publication? 
  • What are some challenges you’re facing? 
  • What are some brags or wins you want to share? 

Usually our chats are free form, but members wanted to have themes. If you want to suggest a theme/discussion topic, just send me an Ask/Message! :)

Here’s a link to our chatroom (you’ll need a password). 

Hope to see you there! 

Reminder! This is happening tonight!

PM me for password if you didn’t get it. Thanks!

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
hi. i'd like to join the chat but i have social anxiety so idk how much i can contribute/actually talk to people. would it be alright for me to join anyways, even as a more "passive" participant? (btw, great work on the blog, it's such a great resource!!!)
pocwritinggroup pocwritinggroup Said:

Hi there! 

So I usually do ask people to introduce themselves and talk about what they write at the beginning to get the ball roling. Other than that, people are free to just lurk and read the chat. I want people to feel comfortable and contribute if they want to or just read what others write. It’s totally up to you. Some people come and go, while others stay. 

Basically, I just want to make it clear that you’re free to participate in anyway you feel comfortable with. It’s really just a time for us writers of color to talk to one other and get a sense of community. 

If you need the password, PM off anon just because I can’t post the password publicly. 

Thanks for your support!

It’s been two weeks for some people while one week for others. You set a goal, so now let’s hear how you did.

Were you successful? What do you think attributed to your success? 

Did you end up not meeting your goal? What were the obstacles standing in your way? 

Whether or not you met your goal, as long as you made some progress then that’s the most important part. 

Feel free to reply or reblog your results! :D

I’ll be publishing the new goal post later tonight. Watch out for it! 

People’s Goals: 

iamsallyanne said: I need this kick in the pants. I have a story but refuse to write……just waste time on tumblr >_< I will write 500 words four days a week. Thanks for the inspiration!

andrevian answered: By August 31st, I want to have my novel’s working draft finished.

lightningplasma answered: Having written *at least* 17k words for the first draft of this novel.

scrubbdragon answered: 1) Finish edits on a story that’s being published 2) Do blurb and bio for other story that’s being published 3)Finish another story to submit

chamber087 reblogged this from pocwritinggroup and added:

I’d like to write down two scenes from my story that have been haunting my thoughts for the past couple of days. They should be around 1000 words each. 

lookatthewords answered: To finish my fanfiction chapter 4 which i’ve been working on wayy too long. busy moving and all that but yeah. Must, must finish!

steppeghost reblogged this from pocwritinggroup and added:

Ok….i’m gonna be really ambitious and say I wanna reach 25k on my novel by next Saturday. EEK that’s nearly another 14k btw but I’ve managed to be productive this week despite having an exam and Major Life Events so I’m aiming high :D

dragsville reblogged this from pocwritinggroup and added:

I’m gonna go with 2,000 words for next Saturday. I’m playing it safe b/c college is time-consuming

inspirationengine answered: 1000 x3 per week. Hopefully I’ll have 3,000 words by next week.

amimijones reblogged this from pocwritinggroup and added:

Figure out how I want to start current chapter and introduce Prince Caled.

glowwolf reblogged this from pocwritinggroup and added:

1) 5 new poetry pieces for a book I’ve been on and off about. 2) Finish mapping out the first 2 chapters of a comic book I started and never finished. Just draft it. I’ll finish more illustrations later. 3) Finish drafting a scene from a script I was writing for a play. And last but not least, for now, 4) Finish a short story for a project I started, but like everything else on this list, never finished. 

pocwritinggroup:

pocwritinggroup:

NOTE: This chat is only open to people of color ONLY. 

Want to meet other writers of color and chat with them online? Talk about what you’re working on as well as discuss issues you’re having in the next chat on August 30th at 7PM EST

RSVP here and you’ll be sent the password to the chatroom an hour or two before we meet (PLEASE ENABLE YOUR ASKBOX OR I WON’T BE ABLE TO SEND YOU INFO). To people already on the list, the password to the chatroom is the same. I will only send the password to new folks who say “Yes” to attending, otherwise send me a message next Saturday for the password if you’re a maybe. 

Discussion Theme for Aug. 30: What are your writing goals? 

  • What are you working towards right now? Finishing a short story? Finishing a novel? Completing an outline? Getting ready for publication? 
  • What are some challenges you’re facing? 
  • What are some brags or wins you want to share? 

Usually our chats are free form, but members wanted to have themes. If you want to suggest a theme/discussion topic, just send me an Ask/Message! :)

Here’s a link to our chatroom (you’ll need a password). 

Hope to see you there! 

Reminder! This is happening tonight!

pocwritinggroup:

NOTE: This chat is only open to people of color ONLY. 

Want to meet other writers of color and chat with them online? Talk about what you’re working on as well as discuss issues you’re having in the next chat on August 30th at 7PM EST

RSVP here and you’ll be sent the password to the chatroom an hour or two before we meet (PLEASE ENABLE YOUR ASKBOX OR I WON’T BE ABLE TO SEND YOU INFO). To people already on the list, the password to the chatroom is the same. I will only send the password to new folks who say “Yes” to attending, otherwise send me a message next Saturday for the password if you’re a maybe. 

Discussion Theme for Aug. 30: What are your writing goals? 

  • What are you working towards right now? Finishing a short story? Finishing a novel? Completing an outline? Getting ready for publication? 
  • What are some challenges you’re facing? 
  • What are some brags or wins you want to share? 

Usually our chats are free form, but members wanted to have themes. If you want to suggest a theme/discussion topic, just send me an Ask/Message! :)

Here’s a link to our chatroom (you’ll need a password). 

Hope to see you there! 

Reminder! This is happening tomorrow! 

Asker vejhed Asks:
Hi! I'm writing a fantasy novel wherein I am making a conscious choice not to describe any of the characters' hair, eye, or skin colors. My goal is for readers to have their own headcanons of what the characters look like that are all equally valid, much like what Night Vale has achieved. However, I'm concerned that this will backfire and readers will by and large default the characters into being white. Any thoughts?
pocwritinggroup pocwritinggroup Said:

writingwithcolor:

The Dangers of Racially-Ambiguous Characters

Most likely, it will backfire. I know intentions are (often) good when writers purposely create racially-ambiguous characters, but it’s hard to undue a lifetime of defaulting ambiguous to White, for those who have been submerged in mainstream, White-dominated media all around the world. That’s just fact.

Over months of filling myself to the brim with knowledge on representation and reading diverse books, I am able to picture characters that I create and read about as People as Color pretty naturally, but that’s not the case for the mainstream, the majority of people. At all.

Now i’m not saying racially ambiguous = bad. In some of my stories, I may have a race in mind, but I don’t exactly state it or illustrate it too definitely besides some hints. Then again, I only do that with some secondary characters.

For a main character, and especially a protagonist, things get more difficult. There’s always having a defined, clear statement in the story that says “no, this character is not white.” Then again, if you the author have a specific race in mind for a character, what is honestly the harm in noting what they are?

If your goal is to achieve an everyman type that is a PoC? I understand the purpose a little more there, even if it’s in constant danger of being assumed as a White character.

So really, it’s your prerogative. I can only caution you that most likely your readers will picture these characters as White even if you provide vague hints like through names, cultures they’re involved in etc. If your intent is to remain ambiguous, you may have to get heavy on the reminders of this character = not White, which might be more of a hassle than selecting a character’s race, making said race known, and moving on from there.

More reading:

~Mod Colette

NOTE: This chat is only open to people of color ONLY. 

Want to meet other writers of color and chat with them online? Talk about what you’re working on as well as discuss issues you’re having in the next chat on August 30th at 7PM EST

RSVP here and you’ll be sent the password to the chatroom an hour or two before we meet (PLEASE ENABLE YOUR ASKBOX OR I WON’T BE ABLE TO SEND YOU INFO). To people already on the list, the password to the chatroom is the same. I will only send the password to new folks who say “Yes” to attending, otherwise send me a message next Saturday for the password if you’re a maybe. 

Discussion Theme for Aug. 30: What are your writing goals? 

  • What are you working towards right now? Finishing a short story? Finishing a novel? Completing an outline? Getting ready for publication? 
  • What are some challenges you’re facing? 
  • What are some brags or wins you want to share? 

Usually our chats are free form, but members wanted to have themes. If you want to suggest a theme/discussion topic, just send me an Ask/Message! :)

Here’s a link to our chatroom (you’ll need a password). 

Hope to see you there!