Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. April 17: Writing Outside Your Lane: Yes, It Can Be Done. Here’s How, and I Never Said It Would Be Easy.

Date(s) - 04/17/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SCBWI San Francisco North and East Bay


Tapestry of Voices


Writing Outside Your Lane:
Yes, It Can Be Done. Here’s How,
and I Never Said It Would Be Easy


A one-hour presentation by Linda Sue Park. Tapestry of Voices coordinators Michelle Quraishi and Natasha Tripplett will facilitate a community discussion and workshop after the presentation.

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent title is Prairie Lotus, an historical fiction middle-grade novel. When she’s not writing, speaking, teaching or caregiving for her two grandchildren, she spends most of her time on equity/inclusion work for We Need Diverse Books and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.



Online Zoom Event
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. – noon (PST)
$15 SCBWI Members / $20 Non-Members

Our world is a rich and beautiful tapestry of people with wildly different lived experiences. The literature we create for children seeks to reflect that diversity.

  • How can you evaluate representation of characters and worlds for accuracy?
  • What are some ways to identify implicit bias in your work?
  • What does it mean to include characters outside of your own lived experiences?
  • What considerations should you make for your projects from start to finish to ensure your work positively reflects the diversity of the world?
  • And more…

Event co-hosted by Michelle Quraishi and Natasha Tripplett.

Registration ends at noon, Friday, April 16.
A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants a few days before.

Registration fees are non-refundable.
Questions? Contact Natasha Tripplett

What is Tapestry of Voices? An initiative in SCBWI North/East Bay for those who want to REACH, INCLUDE and BELONG by committing to:

  • Create children’s literature that reflects the rich tapestry of the world and the diversity of the people who live in it.
  • Celebrate all voices, and find ways to center under-represented voices in our professional conversations, organization and work.
  • Support each other’s careers across all identities and experiences.


Meet your Tapestry of Voices Co-Coordinators and the Co-Hosts of this event:


Raised by a Pakistani father and American mother in the small town of Half Moon Bay, CA, L. Michelle Quraishi grew up searching for identity, belonging and connection in books. Her experience straddling multiple cultures drives her commitment to exploring cultural edges and understanding. She now lives with her family in Walnut Creek.




Natasha Tripplett loves to find the beauty in all things around her. She uses her words to help readers experience the details that make life rich. As a black woman, raised in a white family by way of adoption, Natasha has a unique perspective on issues of race and claiming one’s identity. Along with her husband and four children, Natasha lives in Dublin.







This is a moderated event. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is committed to providing a safe environment for all our members and guests.

You can review SCBWI’s Anti-Harassment Policy here, and its Statement of Intent on Equity and Inclusion here.

By attending this event, you agree to abide by these policies.