Master Classes are standalone seminars designed as a deep dive into a specific Writing the Other topic. While the Multi-Week classes, Weekend Intensives, and Classic seminars provide a good foundation, the Master Classes allow writers to learn from and ask questions of experts in specific areas, such as writing Native American characters, creating plausible Atheist or Religious characters, and understanding disability and how it can work in your fictional worlds.
These seminars are available to any writer, but they assume some familiarity with the basics of the concepts found in the Writing the Other: A Practical Approach book. If you have not attended a Weekend Intensive or other course, retreat, or workshop, you can still take a Master Class as long as you have read the book and familiarize yourself with the material on the Resources page before class. This will give you enough foundation for this Master Class.
On Demand Master Classes
Many of our previous Master Classes are available to purchase as webinars with video and a list of resources. Currently available On Demand:
- Writing Native American Characters: How Not To Do A Rowling | On Demand Master Class
- Writing for Trans and Non-Binary Narratives | On Demand Master Class
- Writing Deaf and Blind Characters | On Demand Master Class
- More than Eunuchs and Extraterrestrials: Writing Positive Portrayals of Asexual Characters | On Demand Master Class
Upcoming Master Classes
We plan to give Master Classes throughout 2017. To get announcements for the next classes, subscribe to this website or to our mailing list.
Previous Master Classes
- Beyond Belief: Writing Plausible Atheist and Religious Characters | Master Class
- Writing the Other: Comics and Graphic Novels | Master Class
How To Attend & Technical Requirements
All Master Classes take place online. We use Zoom Conference for the seminars. Most classes have an interactive or Q&A element. You are not required to have a webcam to participate, just a microphone or phone to call in and hear audio.
You can attend Zoom seminars from your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, Chromebooks, Android smatphones and tablets, and the iPhone or iPad.
Master Class Recordings
All Writing the Other Master Classes are recorded and recordings made available to students in the class and to WtO instructors (past and future) for archival purposes.
An edited version of a Master Class may also be available for sale to the public after the class ends. Please read our recording policy on what is and is not included in these recordings.
If you have to drop the class and inform us up to 14 days prior, we will issue a full refund (minus ticket fee). If you drop 7 – 13 days prior, you’ll get an 75% refund. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds for cancellations within 6 days as it may not be possible to fill your spot. However, you will get the recording of the class and access to all materials provided by the instructor.