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Writing Diverse Characters - Online

Representation is important in writing, but so is respect and sensitivity. See past the stereotypes of race and ethnicity and learn to find authentic and believable characters that don’t look like you.

Instructor: Bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. Abby has penned more than thirty books and short stories. Additionally, Penguin Berkley will publish the first book, A Deadly Inside Scoop, in her new cozy mystery series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, beginning spring 2020.


ONLINE CLASS INFO: Literature and community are powerful tonics in anxious times, providing comfort and inspiration. That’s why Lit Cleveland is staying open with online learning so you can continue to be active, be creative, and engage with other writers and readers in a meaningful way.  


This class will meet online Saturdays from 10am-12pm the using ZOOM video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use it. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor Abby Vandiver and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a webcam. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at



Details: Writing Diverse Characters with Abby L. Vandiver takes place Saturdays, April 11, 18, & 25 from 10am - 12pm online using Zoom.

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