At Writing the Other, we believe that representation is fundamental to writing great fictional narratives found in short stories and novels, tabletop roleplaying games and video games, comics and graphic novels, short films and feature length movies. Our organization was founded on this principle, building off of the book Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, to welcome subject matter and cultural experts willing to share their expertise in a class environment.
Our writing classes are designed to help all writers succeed regardless of their expertise. We’ve structured online and in person writing classes for flexibility, value, and future reference. Our classes typically include a recording and additional materials so students can learn and apply techniques again and again.
Our class types include:
- Online Writing Classes and Workshops: Offered virtually using video-conferencing tools and private forums, our online writing classes and workshops target and expand on topics related to representation in fiction. Typically, our asynchronous online writing classes are one to four weeks long. Our synchronous writing workshops are typically five to seven hours long unless otherwise noted.
- Master Classes about Representation: Our master classes, which are taught by subject matter and cultural experts, are geared for writers seeking mastery over a specific topic related to Writing the Other. These classes take place over the course of one to two weeks and typically include a syllabus, exercises, references, and lectures.
- Online Writing Webinars and Seminars: Online webinars and in person seminars are presentations geared toward authors, editors, and other writing-adjacent roles. Most webinars and seminars include a Q&A with the presenter. Their length is varied and tends to be shorter, unless otherwise noted, than our other writing classes.
- On Demand Writing Classes: Available anytime, our On Demand Writing Classes are standalone webinars that cover a specific topic about representation in fiction. These downloadable webinars include video lectures and supplemental material. They typically include one to four hours of class material.
- Writing Retreats and In Person Classes: Writing the Other instructors K Tempest Bradford and Nisi Shawl offer in person writing classes and retreats on an infrequent or requested basis. Writing retreats are typically held once a year, while in person classes may be requested.
If you’re interested in signing up for a future writing class, subscribe to our Writing the Other newsletter to receive class, webinar, and workshop announcements or check out an individual class page for more information.