There are so many African-American romantic novels out there, and I’ve been a bit intimidated by the sheer number of them.
It’s hard to tell if you’re writing a novel of any kind, and the idea of trying to fit in a literary term or genre is daunting.
When you have to choose between writing about a person who is African-Americans, and writing about someone who isn’t, you’re in for a lot of headaches.
But the more I read, the more intrigued I became by the idea that there might be something to writing about African- Americans, but not everyone has to be a white person to be successful.
This year, the African American Writers Workshop at The New School for Social Research launched a program that helps women and men of color explore their writing, both fiction and nonfiction, and bring it to the public.
The workshop is held each year at a different New York City institution and provides workshops for women and people of color, and provides support for writers who have experienced a lack of support.
The program also serves as a platform for writers to share their stories with the public, and for the writers themselves to share stories and experiences.
“I think there’s a lot more of us out there writing about race in our stories,” said the program’s executive director, Marjorie K. Williams, who said the workshop’s program is a step in the right direction.
“If we don’t do more of that, I think we’ll be left with a lot less writers, a lot fewer voices of people of colour, and a lot slower progress in terms of bringing these books to the attention of a wider audience.”
The workshop’s director, Amy Schitt, said the workshops are a way for African- American writers to engage with each other, to learn from each other and, in the process, to share a piece of their history and present it in a way that can be relevant to other writers and readers.
The workshops are held on the second Saturday of every month at The Center for Creative Writing, an institution that offers a full range of academic, professional and social-engagement workshops.
They are hosted by The New York Times and are a part of The New Writer’s Initiative, an ongoing initiative that focuses on empowering the next generation of writers to tell their stories.
The workshop’s focus is on exploring how to write about race within fiction.
There are workshops for writing about the intersection of race and ethnicity, the racialization of women, and how to make white characters feel like the protagonists of stories that feature African- and Asian-Americans.
One workshop focuses on a new genre, romance.
“We are trying to be more inclusive of writing about women of color in the romance genre,” said Amy Schatt, who is a longtime New York-based writer who has worked with many writers, including Yvette Mottola, Kahlil Gibran and Rachel Aviv.
“When you’re looking at a genre that deals with race, how do you make it more inclusive?
You can’t say you’re going to make it a white-centric genre.
You need to make the story about a woman of color or the story with a woman.”
Schitt said the goal of the workshops is to encourage writers of color to think about their work in ways that will be relevant for other writers of colour.
“I think the workshops can be a platform to tell people about your own experiences, how you’re being represented, how white you are, how privileged you are,” she said.
Schitt said she hopes to expand the workshops to other literary institutions, such as the Library of America, as well as to libraries, libraries, and other archives, to include all women and other people of different racial backgrounds.
When the workshop launched in 2015, there were fewer African- writers than there are today, and Schitt and Williams said the reason for that is because the majority of African-America writers were living in the South and the Midwest.
Schitt explained that while the number of African American authors is growing, the number writing for mainstream fiction is falling.
“For women, the literature they’re writing about is about their own experience, not about the narratives of other women of colour,” she explained.
“The fiction that’s being written is often about women who don’t have that experience.”
Williams said that while it’s difficult to tell which genre a book is written in, she hopes the workshops will help readers see what genre a writer might be interested in.
“Some of the writers we are working with are doing really well,” she noted.
“What we’re trying to do is give them a platform and help them share that.
And the stories we share are not just about writing about one person, or one person’s story.
It can be about a diverse group of people who are all writing stories about a theme or about a topic.” “