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RWA® Online Presents

Adding the Spice of Diversity to Your Writing

Presented by B.A. Binns
August 31 - September 25, 2015

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About the Class:

Class Description
This is a four week class with homework assignments. The target Audience is beginner and intermediate writers and anyone interested in about adding diversity and multicultural elements to their writing.

Many authors fear inserting diverse characters and settings into their work for fear of creating a stereotype of not getting it right. This course will explore both the reader’s need for something different, and ways to put those different characters on the page free of stereotype. This includes characters from different races, ethnic backgrounds, and with disabilities.

Week 1 – What is diversity/multiculturalism? (It may not be what you think). Why is diversity important to writers/readers? Write what you know, and what you don’t know, learn!

Week 2 – Taking ourselves out of the story, putting the character in. Research - Introducing your characters and settings to your readers. Sometimes the hardest work happens at the start.

Week 3 – Backstory - Getting to the heart and soul of a character. Avoiding clichés and stereotypes. Setting, Description, Dialogue and Voice.

Week 4 – Final touches & Resources. Keeping it together, revision and editing and keeping things real.

About the Instructor: 

B.A. Binns a member of the Chicago Writer's Association, Romance Writers of America, the Chicago Black Author’s Network, ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) and ACAIC (Association of Children's Authors and Illustrators of Color). In 2010, she was a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart® contest with a contemporary romantic elements novel, Damaged Goods which revolves around an inter-racial romance. She am also a member of the ALA (American Library Association) and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). Her debut novel PULL was published in 2010 from Westside Books. Her second novel, Being God, was published in Feb, 2013 with Minority Of One released in 2014. All feature males of different ages and backgrounds, and much were written using the male POV. She has given presentations on diversity in fiction to attendees at the 2014 Chicago North Spring Fling conference as well as to librarians at ALA, and conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Connecticut. Her novels and short stories, Pull (2010 Westside Books), Being God (2013 All The Colors Of Love) and Minority Of One (2014) all feature multicultural casts.

Visit BA Bins website at and my blog is
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Registration Period: August 15 - 31, 2015

 Registration Deadline: August 31, 2015

Note: Email us at (or  for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

Fee: $15 

RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops.  No registration required for chapter members.

 Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

 Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops).  Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

Instructions for login are presented after the registration page (or to return to the login instructions, CLICK HERE. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.


About RWA® Online Chapter Workshops

RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  Please read the instructions below to understand our process:

1.  You must register for the workshop using the registration links above.  This is the only way to get the information on how to access the workshop site.

2.  All workshop participants must be registered on the website message boards located under the News and Members Only tab above.  NON-CHAPTER MEMBERS:  Follow the instructions on the page you get AFTER your workshop registration.  Both login and payment information is available there.  If you forget and need to go back to those instructions, click here.

3. A couple of days before the workshop, you will be emailed reminders on the workshop and where to find it.  If you forget, click here to take you to the workshop discussion boards or use the WORKSHOP FORUM ACCESS link above.  If you are NOT a registered user of our bulletin boards, all you will see is our GUEST LOUNGE and NEWS forums.  Once your login is approved, you will also see a WORKSHOP CHECK-IN forum.  The actual workshop forum will not open until the day prior to the workshop start date.

4.  The workshop presenter will post discussion and lecture information, as appropriate, on the first day of the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to respond to the discussion topics.

5.  Because the workshop is a professional activity designed to further participants writing skills, we request that social chit-chat be kept to a minimum. 

6.  Postings deemed inappropriate in content will be deleted without warning to the message author.

7.  Otherwise, we hope everyone who participates in the workshop has fun and learns a lot.  Please remember to thank our guest presenters who take time out of their schedules to provide their wisdom and guidance.

8. If you have any questions, please email If you have questions, feel free to contact us     for more information.