Do #OwnVoices, ‘Write Your Truth’ and Concerns About Cultural Appropriation Mean Writers are Limited to Writing What They Know?

Write what you know. Write your truth. Avoid cultural appropriation. With editors and agents seeking #OwnVoices manuscripts, do these common exhortations combine as part of a publishing doctrine that limits everyone to sticking in their own lane and writing based solely on their identity and experience? In order to effectively evaluate these tips they must be clarified. These terms are...

Some Places To Be

Rebecca Salazar interviews Alicia Elliott (A Mind Spread Out On The Ground) for The Adroit Journal, and does a masterful job of reflecting Alicia’s personality and showcasing her amazing debut, which has been #1 on the Canadian nonfiction bestseller charts for two weeks in a row. “I’ve noticed that often the most marginalized and oppressed groups of people are also...

The Life-Changing Impact of Seeing Yourself in Fiction: Representation for Muslims

by Amra Pajalic For so long publishing has lacked diverse voices; the difference is that now people are noticing when prize lists include only white and middle class authors and don’t list any people of colour or authors from ethnic backgrounds. Some of the factors that contribute to this lack of diversity are the homogenisation of the publishing industry itself....