What is Sensitivity Reading or Consulting?
Sensitivity reading is when someone with specific identities or experiences reviews a written work to evaluate how that work represents those identities and experiences. Sensitivity readers typically read a work through the lens of their own experiences and knowledge and then provide a letter to the author explaining any areas that may be unintentionally harmful and how the representation can be improved.
When writing about characters and people who have identities and experiences different from the author’s, it can be helpful to get a fresh set of eyes from someone who is familiar with those experiences. Often, we don’t recognize why something might be hurtful to those who are different from us, because we haven’t walked in their shoes.
What sensitivity reading isn’t.
Sensitivity readers don’t set out to tell authors what they can and cannot do in their written works. The final decision is always up to the author. However, if an author doesn’t want their work to unintentionally hurt or offend others, it can be helpful to get second opinions and advice from those who have real life experience with certain identities and experiences.
Which identities and experiences can I do sensitivity readings for?
- Hard of hearing
- Deaf culture
- Chronic pain
- In-patient mental health settings
- Assorted therapy methods
- Genderqueer (nonconforming)
- Sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
- Food insecurity
- Social work field (I’m an MSW)
How it works.
Click the button below to fill out the contact form.
Subject: Please indicate that you are reaching out for sensitivity reading services.
Message: Use the message field to explain your project. Include details like whether you want the whole piece reviewed or only specific parts, the wordcount of the material you want reviewed, which identities and experiences you’ve included that I can assist you with, and the timeframe you need the sensitivity review to be completed.
I will get back to you to discuss any further questions, whether or not I can take on your project, and a price quote for services within 24 hours!