When: April 2 – 15, 2018
Where: Online — Available everywhere and at your own pace
An essential part of creating a character is understanding how that individual speaks or communicates. For writers who are working to create inclusive fiction with characters from races, cultures, and backgrounds different from their own, crafting appropriate dialogue is more than just idealizing and compressing speech to make it seem natural. It may also mean figuring out how to get across the nuances of language, accent, or dialect without Othering or exoticizing characters or the real cultures and identity groups they represent.
In this 2 week craft-focused class, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will guide you through this aspect of writing inclusive fiction through lectures, hands-on exercises, and feedback. At the end of class you’ll have a wealth of resources for further study and practice.
- Available Spots and Scholarship Opportunities
- Class Texts
- Class Requirements
- Refund Policy
Instruction begins Monday, April 2 and ends Sunday, April 15, 2018. The course does not have set meeting times. You can access class material and discussion and participate in class at any time, day or night, from anywhere in the world as long as you have an Internet connection. All class discussion will take place in a private online forum and all class work is done on Google Drive.
Because this is an intensive course, you’ll be given lectures to read, homework to complete, or exercises to evaluate each day with discussions relating to the topics ongoing throughout the week. Students should expect to spend 2 hours per day on discussion and homework, though they can access the class on their own schedule.
The class costs $200 (no extra fees)
This class is capped at 20 students.
If the class sells out there will be a waiting list. Add yourself to it as there are often students who have to drop.
If you can afford to pay for part but not all of the class, we have Pay What You Can Afford enrollment. Under this plan you can pay any amount, but we do request that you pay at least $30. To register, please email email@example.com with the amount that you can afford (you may also split this into two or more payments).
There are 5 spots available for Sentient Squid Scholarship recipients.
If you do not have the financial means to take this class and feel that you will benefit from it, we encourage you to apply. We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class. Please don’t hesitate to apply wherever you exist on that spectrum. (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.) We’ve set aside two scholarship spots specifically for students who identify as POC or Native, though we do not limit the number of scholarships we’ll give to POC or Native applicants.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject WtO Dialect and Dialogue Scholarship Applicant, and include in the body:
- A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need
- A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works in progress that you hope the class will help you write.
- A writing sample of 1000 or fewer words. This can be an excerpt from a longer work or flash fiction, from something published or unpublished, as long as it represents what you feel is your best work.
- If you identify as a Person of Color, Native American, or First Nations, you may indicate that if you wish (it’s not a requirement).
Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific March 15. We will notify all applicants of their standing on March 25. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!
Before class, please purchase:
- Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl
- Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have published anything yet.
You must have a Google account to participate in this class. All classwork is submitted via a private Google Drive folder. The class mailing list runs on Google groups. We will send you links to access the Drive folder a week before class starts.
All students must be active participants in class. There will be lectures as well as exercises and Q&A. Throughout class we will use your fiction for exercises and homework.
If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so by contacting our GMail or emailing via the website.
If you drop by March 1, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.
If you drop by March 11, you will receive an 80% refund minus a service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.
If you drop by March 25, you will receive an 40% refund minus a service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.
If you drop on March 26 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded as it will be extremely hard for a student to fill your space. However, you will be able to enroll in a future class for a discount.
If the class sells out before you have a chance to register, there is a waiting list option. We do sometimes have students drop, so please add yourself. Waiting list students also get offered spots in upcoming classes before everyone else.