Writers know that it’s important to write about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from their own. But many are afraid to do so for fear that they will get it wrong–horribly, offensively wrong–and think it is better not even to try.

In truth, it is possible to write the Other sensitively and convincingly, and the Writing the Other online classes can start you on the path to doing just that.

Drawing on and updating work by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, authors of the acclaimed reference Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, the courses and seminars offered online combine lectures, discussions, and writing exercises to help authors learn this tricky skill, all in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

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The Year of Writing Inclusively

This year, Writing the Other is offering four deep dive courses covering every top-level issue authors face when they set out to write inclusive, diverse fiction: creating characters who aren’t stereotypes, avoiding offensive language in description, crafting dialect and dialogue that doesn’t read like caricature, and building inclusive worlds. Combined, these four classes have all the content of our original Writing the Other Online courses plus more lectures, writing exercises, and resources. [...]