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Summer Research and Writing

I finally turned in my essay, Black Women and the New Magical Negro: How the Combination of the Magical Negro and the Strong Black Woman Stereotypes Combine to Oppress Black Women Within Speculative Genre Films, for The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas Series edited by Mark A. Reid. It's based off an article I wrote for Clarkes World Magazine.

I've also finished the rewrite on by Black female detective novel set in 1920s Harlem Renaissance and will get it to the agent soon. Now I have to hand in two short stories and one academic piece about Michonne and The Walking Dead by end of the month before I start my masters program at Georgia State University. And I just got another request to write a story for an anthology that sounds interesting--which of course I accepted because I'm a glutton for punishment.

That said, I'm just peeking my head up for a bit to let you know that I will be leading a workshop on Writing the Other at Context 26 in September. In case you will be in the area:

Are you worried about reinforcing stereotypes or offending others with your depictions of racial, gender and other minority characters? Do you want to find that balance between exploring different places and people, without exploiting them for cheap scares and entertainment? In this intensive two hour workshop for beginning and advanced writers, you will focus on creating characters who are different from your own perspective in a comfortable, safe space so that you can learn to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes. Chesya is currently getting her MA in African American Studies at Georgia State University and her 2011 fiction collection, Let's Play White, is being studied in several universities around the country and received high praise from Samuel Delany and Nikki Giovanni. She's also a juror for the upcoming 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards.


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Aug. 10th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. For the first time, I wish I was going to the con.
Aug. 10th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
Too bad you aren't in the area. You could come up for the day and we could hang out. :)
Aug. 10th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Right? RIGHT?

I'm in Arizona, but I really want to goooooo.
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the essays and on going to grad school!
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