For Writers

Listed below are some articles worth reading if you are considering writing about characters from marginalised groups. They are not guidelines, rather a collection of suggestions and ideas to get you thinking.

“10 Things Fiction Writers Need to Remember About Disability”, from Diary of a Goldfish, is ESSENTIAL reading for anyone writing a character with any disability, but it is recommended reading for everyone. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

“Writing the Other”, from This Ain’t Livin’, discusses how to go about writing minority characters, even if you aren’t part of that minority, and how this can be an important endeavour.

“Acknowledging Difference Without Othering” by Chally Kacelnik is not specifically about writing, but touches on some important aspects of how to approach the concept of difference.

“Minority Report”, by J.M Blackman, is a collection of interviews with authors about minority and mixed raced characters in fiction.

“Disability in Fiction – A Load of Lovely Links”, from Diary of a Goldfish, a list of even more fabulous resources about the fictional representation of people with disabilities.


Non-writing related resources for teens and young adults can be found on our Resources for Teens page.

If you are a teen writer, or are interested in teen writing, you might also enjoy the blog “Teens Can Write Too!”

If there are any other resources you think are worth listing, please let us know by emailing info [at] visibilityfiction [dot] com .