Description, Dialect, & Dialogue Course at LitReactor

Description Dialect Dialogue

When: February 23, 2017 – March 9, 2017
Where: Online — Available everywhere and at your own pace
Price: $199
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Creating inclusive fiction with characters that come from different genders, backgrounds, races, and abilities is important. But when writers set out to do so, they sometimes grow anxious about how to describe and depict people who don’t fit the dominant paradigm.

How does one describe skin tone without using food metaphors or facial features without falling back on problematic cliches? Should you use person-first or identity-first language? Are you unwittingly using words that reveal unconscious bias? Is it possible to depict dialect or regional dialogue without flattening characters into caricatures?

In this 2 week craft-focused class, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will guide you through these aspects of Writing the Other through lectures, hands-on exercises, and a wealth of resources for further study.

This course is available through LitReactor, so is slightly different from the other offerings on There are no scholarship opportunities available for this particular class, though that may be different for future classes.

Click here for all the details and to register.


This class does not include live video chats, and all class materials are available as text. If you are hearing impaired or Deaf, you should not have any trouble accessing any part of the class. Students must access course material and discussion through LitReactor’s portal and forum software. At this time, we don’t know how well this software works with screen readers. If you are blind or visually impaired and want to ensure you can access the class before you sign up, please contact LitReactor for help.