Classes

Our online classes are offered throughout the year. We occasionally also offer retreats and in-person workshops. See a class you’d like to take but registration isn’t open? Subscribe to our announcement mailing list to get notifications of new classes.

On Demand: Writing Bisexual and Pansexual Characters | Master Class

Bisexual author Cecilia Tan walks writers through the process of researching and representing characters who are not attracted exclusively to people of a single gender. Termed pansexual by some, bisexual by others (the “B” in LGBTQ), these sexual identities are among the most stigmatized and misunderstood, and are often represented by cliches and inaccurate stereotypes. [...]

Writing Inclusive Historical Fiction Webinar

In this webinar we’ll examine techniques for finding and accurately interpreting historical sources, go over ways to interrogate the dominant paradigm’s versions of the past, and learn how to focus our narratives on the lives of the formerly marginalized. Exercises, lectures, discussion, and examples work together to make this a powerful and energizing class for everyone ready to explore the exciting field of inclusive historical fiction. [...]

Healing History’s Wounds with Speculative Fiction

Stories can wound or heal. In this webinar, award-winning author and editor Nisi Shawl will talk about the ways stories can hurt, the ways they can help, and how you can use their power–particularly when writing speculative fiction and alternate history. The webinar will review common stories with harmful effects and discuss ways to subvert or pass them by. The webinar also includes live exercises to provide practice in these valuable techniques. [...]

Writing Revolution: How To Create Believable Resistance Movements with Helen Gould

Stories about rebelling against an unjust system or a tyrannical ruler have always been popular, often becoming lucrative franchises (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…). However, they also frequently portray a simplified narrative about how resistance works or avoid the nuances of what it means to fight an oppressive force. This one-day workshop will establish an understanding of the building blocks that can be put in place for a realistic foundation for a dystopian society, oppression, and rebellion. Instructor Helen Gould will cover real-world examples of political resistance from around the world, discuss the morality of important issues like the use of violence, and explore what kind of characters you might need in a story about revolution. [...]