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(My personal video highlights some benefits of reading anthologies, and falls under the category of "Do as the guidelines say, not as I have done." 😊)



Read a book that is by somebody outside of your own experience. White readers, please use the below for guidance as to the criteria.   

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.  

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Or that could be tagged with #100blackgirlbooks by   

“This resource guide was created in direct response to the multiple requests made by educators, parents and students. Like Marley Dias, so many of you have asked for books with black girls as the main characters. And because of you, we have received thousands of books. Here we are sharing with you the first 1000 titles. We have not yet catalogued all the books. As a small organization with only no full-time staff, our resources are limited. Beginning in April, each month we will provide you with updates of new book titles.”  






• Image of you holding the book you want to talk about by Sept 10th – at least 600x600 pix.   

• The platform you will be talking about it on, and your @ or link   

• Time on Monday 9/21 you will be doing it live   

• If recorded, no need for a time  

FORMAT – no spoilers please! No more than 15 minutes.   

Hello, I’m (name) and I am participating with The Write Women Book Fest’s “Reading Outside of Your Experience” video chat. I read (book title) by (author) – hold up the book if you have a copy.   

Then share how you and your experiences are different than those of the main character/characters.   

Was the book a positive reading experience? If so, explain. Will you read more books outside of your experience because of this book?   

If you are going to use adult language, please state so at the beginning of the video, that there will be adult content.   

Relax! Chat like you’re chatting with a friend. 






• Image of you holding the book you want to talk about by Sept 10th – at least 600x600 pix.   

• The platform you will be talking about it on, and your @ or link   

• Time on Monday 9/22 you will be doing it live   

• If recorded, no need for a time   

Say your name, the title of your book (hold up a copy of it or have it displayed in the background), its genre, and a brief synopsis. Max of 30 minutes please.   

• How who you are and the details of your life differ from your character/s   

• How you researched and who you consulted in order to establish an authentic voice/s and layered characterizations   

• What surprised you the most in your discoveries, why, and how have you applied that new information to your writing and to your life?  

Provide your social media contacts.   

Breathe. Imagine talking to a friend. The people watching your video love books and support authors. They're interested in what you’re saying.    

Thank you to phenomenal author L. Penelope for granting her permission for The Write Women Book Fest to include the link to episode 74 of her blog as an inspirational reference.

Best wishes,  

Heather Brooks, founder of The Write Women Book Fest  

Cardyn Brooks, TWWBF outreach coordinator  

TWWBF Team        


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