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.
When: November 3 – 11, 2018. This workshop, led by nonbinary writer and editor S. Qiouyi Lu, will explore the history of neopronouns, discuss examples drawn from literature, and provide participants a welcoming space to draft their own work that uses neopronouns.
When: October 12 – 20, 2018. This class will provide authors with an understanding of gender identity, biological sex, appropriate language (including pronouns), transitioning, and why accurate representation of trans and non-binary people in all media is crucial and necessary.
When: September 9, 2018. Most writers want to avoid Cultural Appropriation but worry that they don’t fully understand what it is or how to ensure their work does not include it. In this 3 hour online seminar, we’ll give you the resources you need.
Ready to write inclusive, representative fiction but afraid of getting it wrong and contributing to cultural toxicity? This six week course offers strategies to help you get it right and cope when you get it wrong.