Author Archives: B A Binns

Empathy – Diversity class

Today I’m blogging about the E-word. Empathy. You know, that ability to see things from another point of view. To understand and at least temporarily share someone else’s feelings, even if that someone else is outwardly very different from yourself. A … Continue reading

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Even if no one paid me

I laughingly call writing my sub-minimum wage job. Counting the time involved in coming up with an idea, writing the first draft, revising, editing and creating a dozen or more successive drafts, gnawing at my fingernails, sleep-walking and dreaming the … Continue reading

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Removing The Masks

Earlier today fellow author Gabrielle Luthy  asked me a question about a post showing a bunch of women at a Trump rally wearing t-shirts saying – Make America White Again. This turned out to be a bigger question than I … Continue reading

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#ILLibrary15 Illinois Library Association conference panel on Diversity

In October 2015, I was moderated a panel of authors and illustrators of diverse books at the Illinois Library Association meeting in Peoria, Il. B A Binns, Miranda Paul, Chris Raschka, Laura Park This well attended panel presentation took place … Continue reading

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Class on incorporating diversity in your writing

Authors, are you interesting in using more diversity on your writing? Beginning August 31, I will be teaching the Adding The Spice Of Diversity to your writing class in conjunction with the RWA Online chapter.     Course objectives: 1. Gain a … Continue reading

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Easy reading is damn hard writing – Nathaniel Hawthorne B. A. Binns, author of multicultural young adult fiction about Real Boys Growing Into Real Men…and the people who love them B A is the author of three young adult novels, … Continue reading

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Adding the Spice of Diversity class

Some of you know that I give workshops and teach classes for authors and readers.  One of those classes is Adding The Spice of Diversity.  Originally given as a Workshop at the 2014 Chicago North RWA Spring Fling conference, the … Continue reading

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Happy Holiday

My holiday gift to you is a short story (OK, flash fiction) I wrote featuring characters from my second book, Being God. Malik Kaplan’s mother is Catholic and his father Jewish, so when the relatives get together to celebrate the … Continue reading

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SCBWI Prarie Writers and Illustrators Day Diversity session

Today I am off at Harper college in Palatine, Illinois for SCBWI’s annual Prairie Writer’s and Illustrators day, a conference for filled with authors, illustrators, editors and agents. There are contests, workshop sessions, portfolio reviews, and general information sharing and … Continue reading

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Writer’s group farewell

I am about to be completely, almost scary honest.  I’m an author, and I belong to multiple writing groups, we share our work, do critiques, give feedback, share tips and all that stuff. Last night I attended my very last … Continue reading

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