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Using the AWARE Method for Sensitivity Reading (Webinar Recording)


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Using the AWARE Method for Sensitivity Reading (Webinar Recording)

Sensitivity reading is a strategy that writers (and publishers) use to ensure that fictional representations or nonfiction works about marginalized communities are accurate and thoughtful. This webinar is meant to help editors interested in learning more about this type of work understand what it entails and why it matters. It is also useful for writers who wish to better understand what editors look for when doing a sensitivity read and why these reads are important.

Social justice writer and editor Ebonye Gussine Wilkins explains the role of sensitivity reading in the industry and gives a detailed explanation of her AWARE method (Assess, Write, Analyze, Reevaluate, Explain) for sensitivity reading as it applies to nonfiction writing. This method emphasizes thoughtfulness and guides sensitivity readers on how to better provide context and actionable feedback to writers.

For those professionals with knowledge of the service, either through Lourdes Venard’s presentation or other resources, this webinar helps deepen their understanding with a fresh perspective and a detailed guide of how to approach sensitivity reading for works of nonfiction.


©2019 Ebonye Gussine Wilkins. All Rights Reserved. Inclusive Media Solutions LLC

Ebonye Gussine Wilkins is a social justice writer, editor, and indie publisher and the Chief Executive Officer of Inclusive Media Solutions LLC. She has provided significant editorial support—in-house and remote—to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, including the City of New York.

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