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Writing About Cultures Other Than Your Own

8th April 2017 @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Please Note: The April meeting is brought forward by one week to the 8th April due to Easter.

This is not the usual course on this subject. It’s skills-based as well as knowledge-based, for one thing, for knowledge alone is hard for writers to create from. I keep telling people I’m a cultural historian and this is where my background becomes very useful to other writers. While I’ll talk about terms such as appropriation and about ethics, there will also be cultural awareness and cultural mapping. It is entirely possible that I’ll do my infamous minuet exercise, if I find suitable victims participants.



  • “Gillian worked hard to help us understand what she was trying to teach/explain to us. Appreciated the exercises she gave us. Take home message: research, research, research – in this case, cultures of characters you want to create/are writing about.”
  • “Big thinking; started with damaging, dominant cultures and ended with using culture to tell a story. But still don’t quite know what is culturally offensive.”
  • “Fabulous workshop – balanced, entertaining, informative, engaging, helpful, inspiring.”
  • “Very interesting. Lots of food for thought.”
  • “Spider webs is a very useful concept. Cultural sensitivity in writing characters is enough to make me write only Anglo-celtic characters.”
  • “Pleasantly surprised to find this such a useful workshop particularly in terms of understanding what is culture and its importance in creating a complex, viable character.”
  • “Gillian’s skills meant her technique was very effective in terms of developing character and structure before you actually start writing.”
  • “A very interesting study of cultural differences and similarities, and the assumptions associated with these.”
  • “Very challenging and thought-provoking workshop. Gillian had much to say of great worth.”


Congratulations Gillian on your two Ditmar nominations!




8th April 2017
1:00pm - 3:30pm
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