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Where’s Your Power?

August 17, 2016

Contributed by Sharon Mentyka, Writer

I belong to the most privileged group in our culture: white, heterosexual, and able-bodied. And although my female gender brings me down a notch or two, my race membership alone gives me a winning lottery ticket in life.

So when I began to write books for children in earnest, one piece of advice from an instructor in my MFA program seemed to suit me. “People will tell you to only write about what you know,” she said. “Don’t...

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