Doing Diversity in Writing

Season 1 Episode 1 - Introduction

September 29, 2021

In this first episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany A. Tucker and Mariëlle S. Smith—talk about why we started this podcast, what our goals are for the show, and what topics we will be discussing in our first season and beyond.  


We also talk about: 


  • who this podcast is for—fiction writers wanting to write characters who aren’t like them in one or multiple ways
  • our personal experiences with diversity and how these influenced both our writing and editing 
  • why we need to have a conversation about writing diversity in fiction
  • why we believe anyone can write about diverse characters
  • the privilege of not having to care about diversity and why this is exactly why you should take up your pen and join the cause
  • how our podcast will help you work through any fears around writing diverse characters you may have

And here are the (re)sources we mentioned on the show:

  • You can find our website at
  • You can find Bethany’s Edit Your Novel’s Structure (the brilliant book that made Mariëlle want to work with her on diversity and representation) at
  • The Minorities in Publishing podcast can be found at
  • Our Doing Diversity in Writing – Writer Questionnaire can be filled in at
  • Our Doing Diversity in Writing – Reader Questionnaire can be filled in at 


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