Senior Project Advisor
#ownvoices, fiction, publishing, diversity, children's literature, young adult literature
When author Corinne Duyvis created the #OwnVoices hashtag on Twitter in 2015 as a way to recommend diverse books written by diverse authors, she could not have imagined it would spark a movement. Six years later, #OwnVoices is still being discussed in the world of fiction publishing and continues to push for increased diversity in books, authors, and the industry itself.
This paper explores the impacts the movement has had on the industry, both positive and negative. While critics argue the push for #OwnVoices books can limit and potentially harm authors, I have come to the conclusion through my research that the movement has overall had a positive and empowering impact on the industry. This can be seen in publishers and readers reckoning with the importance of diversity and representation, a new focus on publishing diverse writers, and many #OwnVoices books seeing great success, to name a few examples.
Steffens, Shannon, "Despite Controversy, #OwnVoices is Here to Make a Difference" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 499.
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