It can feel like a trap. If there’s no marginalized representation in your book, you’ll be criticized for it. If you write diverse characters, you’re accused of appropriation. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” is what I hear all the time. So, how do you navigate the difference? How do you write outside your own experience? What’s the difference between diversity and appropriation? This talk will cover the core concepts around how to move away from telling stories that reinforce existing biases and discuss the critical difference between “diversifying” and “decolonizing” your fiction.