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 Classes can start you on the path to doing just that.
Ready to write inclusive fiction but afraid of getting it wrong and contributing to cultural toxicity (or getting yelled at on social media)? This class offers strategies to help you get it right and cope when you get it wrong.
Trans playwright Ashley Lauren Rogers provides writers 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.
In this seminar, asexual author Lauren Jankowski walks students through the general terminology related to the asexual spectrum, discusses the importance of dismantling the love hierarchy, and provides tips for avoiding common stereotypes of asexuals.