Master Classes

Master Classes are online lectures on a specific topic about respectful representation; they are designed and presented by a cultural or subject matter expert. These online writing classes also may include Q&A with instructors and offer resources for further study. For more information, click on individual Master Classes below to review the description and schedule.

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Writing Fat Characters Master Class with Marianne Kirby and Meg Elison

When fat characters are included in narratives they’re often either negative portrayals (villains or others with moral failings) or faux “positive” portrayals that still center the Thin Gaze. In this Master Class authors Marianne Kirby and Meg Elison will help you move beyond these kinds of tropes and create characters with big bodies that constitute good representation. [...]