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Reading and Writing Diverse YA: Some Wisdom from Twitter (Part II)

Twitter is a beautiful wormhole of things both clever and (sometimes) troubling. And it’s a really great resource for anyone who wants to read, write, or support diverse books. Maybe you’re intimidated or confused by Twitter, or you’re too busy to keep up with some of the intelligent things being tweeted? That’s OK, because here are a few more things that smart people on Twitter have to say about diverse YA:

Diversity means many things, and it’s important not to erase anyone’s experience

(Read the whole thing here.)


There’s no such thing as “too much” diversity


We live in a diverse world


Books shouldn’t be defined by their diversity alone – that can be othering


When there are so few books from diverse authors out there, individual books can be mistaken as representing the entirety of “the [insert identity here] experience”


The term “diverse” can be problematic


It takes a lot of work and research to respectfully write outside of your own experience...


... and everyone gets it wrong sometimes

Want more writing wisdom about diversity from Twitter? You can start by following @diversebooks@diversityinya@thegayYA or any of the folks above. And here are some Storifys from and hashtags for diversity-focused chats and lists:

#WNDB Twitter Chat with Carribean authors
#WNDB Twitter Chat with Latin@ Authors
#WNDB Twitter Chat with Asian-American Authors
#WNDB Twitter Chat about Romance in YA
Ellen Oh’s List of Diverse Books
#AceYAChat
On Visibility in Diversity that Isn’t Race
#WeNeedDiverseBlogs Chat: Networking and Resources for Diverse Bloggers
#WeNeedDiverseBlogs Chat: Diversity Blog Features
#WeNeedDiverseBlogs Chat: Reviewing and Reading Diversely
#OwnVoices hashtag

And for even more resources about reading and writing diverse books, check out some of my previous posts about diverse YA:

Why It’s Important to Do Research When Writing Diverse Books
Six Reasons Why We Need Diverse Books
Diversity Writing Toolkit
Ask an Editor: What’s on Your #MSWL?

Every weekday in November, we’ll be including a super special writing prompt at the end of all our blog posts! Check out today’s:

Prompt 11.27

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Christine Barcellona

Editor / I blog and edit for Swoon Reads, plus I'm the editor for our paperback line, Square Fish. Find …

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