Top Questions Fiction Writers Have About Native Americans

Reserve your spot for the free webinar + replay

Writing what you know is a great place to start, but learning about other cultures is what helps us grow, connect, and gain confidence as writers.

Get answers to your questions in this 100% free 60-minute session with Choctaw storyteller Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer.

Top Questions Fiction Writers Have About Native Americans

Reserve your spot for the free webinar + replay

Writing what you know is a great place to start, but learning about other cultures is what helps us grow, connect, and gain confidence as writers.

Get answers to your questions in this 100% free 60-minute session with Choctaw storyteller Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer.

Everyone who attends will get a follow-up email from both me and Sarah after the event to check in and say hi. So registering will subscribe you to each of our lists if you aren't already, but you're 100% free to unsub if you're just not jiving with either of our styles afterward.  

I'm so excited to host guest speaker Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer!

What to expect at this special 1-hour event

Authentic insight from a Choctaw storyteller

For the first 25 minutes of our time together, Sarah will share her professional insight from writing and researching about historical American Indian characters and draw from her personal experience as a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. You might be surprised at some of the advice she gives. 

7 days of webinar replays

We know that your time is precious and you may not be able to attend the live event (or can maybe only come to part of the live webinar). So you'll get free access to the replay for 7 days if you sign up through the Reserve Your Spot button on this page.

Your questions answered live

In addition to covering the most common questions she gets about writing Native American characters during her presentation, Sarah will also be taking live questions from you. The only people who will get this opportunity are the ones who attend the live session, so we hope to see you there! 

A special offer just for you

In addition to offering a free ebook about the Top 5 Stereotypes to Avoid, you'll get a limited-time discount and (crazy good) bonus if you decide to invest in Sarah's (super comprehensive) online course, Fiction Writing: American Indians. This is a special offer Sarah has set up just for my email subscribers, so it really is just for you. :) 

But don't worry that this will be some sell-a-thon masquerading as a webinar. We'll only be talking about the course for a few minutes, and we will not try to hard-sell you (I really hate that webinar tactic!). This webinar is still 100% free regardless of whether or not you choose to continue your storytelling journey with Sarah, and it is packed with excellent insight.

Top Questions Fiction Writers Have About Native Americans

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These are some of the most common questions Sarah gets about writing American Indians (and what you can expect this 1-hour live training to cover):

  • What is the correct way to refer to Native Americans? (Her preferred answer to this might surprise you!)
  • Is it okay for authors who aren’t Native American to write about them?
  • What can authors do to make sure they don’t get it “wrong” and create a firestorm of controversy?
  • What are some of the lesser-known stereotypes surrounding Native Americans?
  • What should authors think about in terms of marketing books with Native American characters?
  • How do authors avoid negative reviews when writing about other ethnicities?

Sarah will be covering even more of her most commonly asked questions (like does she sensitivity read for American Indian stories?) and as many of your questions as we can fit into the Q&A time!

Got questions? Check out the FAQ below.

How much does this actually cost?

The webinar is totally free. At the end of her presentation, Sarah will introduce her Fiction Writing: American Indians course, and the usual price for that is $298. BUT! People who attend this special event will get a pretty snazzy discount + a super ridiculously awesome bonus (that she has never offered before), and I can't wait to share it with you!

And if you can't attend the live event, you can still get the discount. The bonus will be for fast-action takers, so if you miss the live event, be sure to watch that replay ASAP, as the bonus is only good for 24 hours after the live training. 

Is it really only an hour?

The full session will be 60 minutes. We know this is a busy time of year, and we want to get you all the info you need in the least amount of time possible. So the presentation takes right at 25 minutes. Then Sarah will spend 5-7 minutes introducing her course on Fiction Writing: American Indians. Then we'll spend the remainder of the hour answering all your questions.

The bulk of this session will be Q&A, so it's an excellent opportunity to pick the brains of an expert.

Do I have to be on video to ask a question?

Nope! My fellow introverts, you can breathe easy.

No video required. And no voice either! This is a Zoom Webinar, so the only people who will be on camera or speaking over an open mic will be me and Sarah. All your questions will go through the Q&A feature in the sidebar, and you can chat freely with other attendees in the chat box during the event.

How do I watch the replay?

Sarah will send out the replay link as soon as possible after the event. I don't know exactly what time, but I know she's trying to get it to you quickly for anyone who missed the live presentation and wants to take advantage of the 24-hour fact-action bonus.

The link will come from Sarah's email, so add this to your safe senders list (or as a contact) in your inbox! And check your spam and other folders if you don't see it within a few hours. You can email Sarah directly (at that address above) if you don't see the link on Tuesday evening and are anxious to claim the fast-action bonus.

I have a different question.

If you have a question for me, you can email me at 

If you have a question for Sarah, you can email her at

We can't wait to see you on Tuesday!

about your hosts

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

Choctaw storyteller Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

SARAH ELISABETH SAWYER is a story archaeologist. She digs up shards of past lives, hopes, and truths, and pieces them together for readers today. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian honored her as a literary artist through their Artist Leadership Program for her work in preserving Choctaw Trail of Tears stories. She is the creator of the Fiction Writing: American Indians digital course.

A tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, she writes historical fiction from her hometown in Texas, partnering with her mother, Lynda Kay Sawyer, in continued research for future works. Learn more at and

Sue Brown-Moore

Sue Brown-Moore, professional romance book editor

Known for being a tough editor with a soft touch, Sue Brown-Moore coaches fiction authors to craft transformative stories readers will remember forever, using the character-first editing and storystorming techniques she teaches in her online university, Storysmith U.

Sue has been featured in writing-focused events and publications, like Publisher’s Weekly and the Escape the Plot Forest Summit, and the stories she collaborates on as both a freelance and acquiring editor have been celebrated with nominations and wins for industry awards like the Vivian, the Golden Heart, and the Lambda. 

Learn more about working with Sue and choose the confidence-building Storysmith U workshop, playbook, or bite-sized training that’s right for you at