Cultural Appropriation: What It Is & How To Avoid It

When: May 2, 2020, 10AM – 1PM Pacific Time (Click to see when this happens in your time zone)
Where: Online via Zoom video conference
Price: $20 – $30 or Whatever You Can Afford (Details Below)
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Most writers want to avoid Cultural Appropriation but worry that they don’t fully understand what it is or how to ensure their work does not include it. They wonder what the difference is between appropriation and exchange or between appropriation and influence. And they hope avoiding cultural appropriation doesn’t mean only writing stories about people from their same race, culture, or ethnic group.

In this 3 hour webinar, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will offer concrete answers to those questions and a set of resources to help authors navigate these tricky waters. The webinar includes two short lectures and a lengthy Q&A. 

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Who Should Take This Class?

The webinar is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, comics, screenplays, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level. You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have published anything yet.

Artists, musicians, choreographers, and other creatives may also find this webinar of use, though the lectures are writing-focused.  

This online seminar is not only for white writers, or cis writers, or men, it is for any writer who wants to take steps toward writing more inclusive, representational fiction.


The webinar will take place in an online video seminar room. There will be two lectures that will last 30 – 45 minutes with a break in-between each. The rest of the time will be devoted to student questions, which can be broad or specific as needed.

    Registration and Payment Options

    We’re offering multiple registration options for this webinar which we hope will make it more accessible to writers financially affected by COVID-19.

    Full Registration is $30 for webinar attendees. If you cannot afford this, please use the Full Registration Donation option, where you can pay any amount $1 or more. 

    If you cannot attend the class during the live webinar, please choose Video Only Registration to get a recording of the class after the live webinar ends. You won’t be able to participate in the Q&A session, you will get all the resources, the lectures, and answers to questions asked during the live class. The fee for this registration is $20. There’s a Video Only Registration Donation option for this as well. 

    We will send the webinar video by May 5th. 


    Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

    Questions can be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

    We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. 

    Technical Requirements

    Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the live webinar via a computer for the best experience. Before enrolling in class, make sure your computer or mobile device is compatible with Zoom. Before class, load the app on your system and join this test meeting.

    A webcam/video camera is not necessary for class because students won’t be on video. To take part in the Q&A a microphone is helpful, though not necessary. You can call in via phone or submit questions via text. Please make sure you have a headset, headphones, or earbuds as this helps ensure good audio quality for everyone.

    Refund Policy

    If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so by contacting our GMail or emailing via the website.

    If you drop by April 18, 2020, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.

    If you drop by April 24, you will receive a 40% refund minus a service fee plus credit toward a future Writing the Other class.

    If you drop on April 25 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded. However, you will be able to use the credit toward enrollment in future classes.

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    Shuffle An Array

    Today’s exercise comes to us from Leetcode via Reddit:

    Given an array consisting of 2n elements in the form
    [x1,x2,…,xn,y1,y2,…,yn], return the array in the form [x1,y1,x2,y2,…,xn,yn].

    The Reddit poster claims to be new to Scheme and functional programming, and was thinking of a solution using length and list-ref, but couldn’t solve the problem.

    Your task is to show the student how to solve the problem. When you are
    finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

    Blog Tour Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

    Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch, #2) by Adriana Mather

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Series: How to Hang a Witch, #2
    Publication date: 10/03/2017
    Source: Publisher

    The Titanic meets the delicious horror of Ransom Riggs and the sass of Mean Girls in this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller How to Hang a Witch, in which a contemporary teen finds herself a passenger on the famous “ship of dreams”—a story made all the more fascinating because the author’s own relatives survived the doomed voyage.

    Samantha Mather knew her family’s connection to the infamous Salem Witch Trials might pose obstacles to an active social life. But having survived one curse, she never thought she’d find herself at the center of a new one. 

    This time, Sam is having recurring dreams about the Titanic . . . where she’s been walking the deck with first-class passengers, like her aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, in Sam’s waking life, strange missives from the Titanic have been finding their way to her, along with haunting visions of people who went down with the ship. 

    Ultimately, Sam and the Descendants, along with some help from heartthrob Elijah, must unravel who is behind the spell that is drawing her ever further into the dream ship . . . and closer to sharing the same grim fate as its ghostly passengers.

    Haunting the Deep is the follow up to How to Hang a Witch which follows Sam on another ghostly mission to break a spell that could quite possibly send Sam to watery grave. Anything and everything Titanic related intrigues me and the fact that this book follows Sam as she tries to navigate the mysterious workings that kept luring her onto the Titanic was just as spellbinding. Mather continues to impress by magically weaving a fascinating tale which was inspired by her own relatives surviving the voyage.

    This book kept me immersed in its wonderfully woven mystery and never let go. I couldn’t put this book down no matter how many times I knew I needed to get some sleep before work. I couldn’t be more satisfied with how everything unfolded in this book. It was so great to live and experience with these characters. Fans of How to Hang a Witch will be thrilled that this book is just as captivating.

    Haunting the Deep is a great follow up to How to Hang a Witch. The history, the magic, and yes the ghosts are just as enchanting. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages! It’s just that impressive!

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

    Check out the book trailer!

    Traveling West Virginia – Hawks Nest – New River Gorge Trail

    We don’t do as much traveling as we used to. But we recently took a day trip to southern West Virginia.

    Our first stop was Hawks Nest State Park. If you have traveled there before, you know where they get the expression half the fun is getting there – that is unless you are prone to motion sickness. If you are, then I would advise you to sit in the front seat of the car.

    We have been to Hawks Nest many times, but this is the first time we ever rode the tram down to the river.

    We wanted to ride the jet boats, but they were all booked up.

     So we did the next item on our list. We went on a hike. My husband has a bad knee, so he didn’t go with my son and me. He loves to talk, so he stayed and talked to the tram guys.

    The hike was beautiful – a path filled with large rocks, rhododendron, foot bridges, caves, snakes . . .

    Of course, my son had to climb up onto the first big rock we came to. Boys will be boys.

    And speaking of snakes. This is where I encountered a baby snake wriggling under my shoe. I didn’t stay long enough to see what kind he was, but he wasn’t a black snake.

    On the way back down the trail on this neat little foot bridge.

    Our next stop was at a trail we had never walked on before. You drive over the New River Gorge Bridge, which is an experience I never tire of, and then travel a local road to a set of trails that take you to a great place for a photo op of the bridge.

    I never took any pictures along the trail because we were in a hurry. We even sprinted in a few places. I never walked a trail so fast in my life. It was late and given the length of the trail we were going to be walking back in the dark. Thank goodness for cell phone flash lights!

    The first mile and 3/4 was a fairly easy walk. But the last 1/4 mile was a heavy breather. This is approaching the end of the trail. And believe me when I tell you the view was well worth the huffing and puffing. 

    This was as far out as I would venture. My son said that I couldn’t fall off unless I just walked off the edge. I said different — You could trip. You could slide. You could get woozy. So I played it safe.

    We still got some great pictures. My son even took a few selfies.

    After enjoying the view and taking a bunch of pictures, we started back. And yes, it was in the dark. I kept imagining encounters with wild animals, but none appeared.

    My son said, “If we see Big Foot, shine the light while I take the picture.”
    I told him, “Please make it a clear picture.”
    For some reason all the pics people take of Big Foot are blurry. 😊

    Press this link to a list of trails in the area. I would like to try them all out. The name of the trail we took is the Long Point Trail.

     Hope you enjoyed this Traveling West Virginia.

    Have you ever been to either of these places?

    If not, I hope you get to visit some day.