Doing Diversity in Writing

Season 2 Episode 1 -Writing Skin Color

January 13, 2022

In this first episode of Season 2 of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss how to write skin color.  


Here’s what we talk about:

  • Why we should avoid comparing anyone’s skin tone to food, even if people from a certain community do that among themselves
  • Why we should be careful when using the term ‘colored’ to describe black characters and characters of colour
  • What descriptions we CAN use and how to get creative
  • How important it is to actually look at what you’re describing 
  • That skin colour isn’t the only way how to convey someone’s racial or ethnic background

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