Want to chat with writers and creators who are also interested in crafting characters and representing cultures sensitively? Join us on our favorite social networks. Each has a different vibe, so pick the one that suits you best and give us a follow.

Want to interact with us? Join a WtO Craft Chat!

Mastodon We have two Mastodon accounts. Follow us on Writing Exchange for chats, posts about Writing the Other related topics, links to resources, and two posts a month about classes. If you just want to know which classes are available, follow the Classbot on BotsInSpace.

P.S. You can follow either of those accounts no matter which Mastodon server you belong to!

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WtO Craft Chats

Each month on specific social networks we’ll host one or two online chats about various aspects of writing and narrative craft. It’s a great way to see what other writers are thinking (or worrying) about and get advice from the core WtO team.

Upcoming Chats

March 20 (all day) | Narrative Lore chat on Mastodon and BlueSky

Around 10AM Eastern we’ll begin the chat by posting the questions. Please join any time during the day and answer whichever ones you like!

craft chat questions

  1. Authors who don’t write science fiction, fantasy, horror, or related genres: Do you ever think about the “lore” of your setting?
    Lore = The stories behind the story you’re telling.
  2. Authors who write SFFH: how deeply do you get into the lore of your worlds? Does it differ by genre/sub-genre?
  3. All writers: What is your favorite bit of fictional lore? Can be from any media: books, TV, movies, comics, etc.
  4. All writers: What is your favorite bit of lore from the “real world” (even if the lore itself is not based in reality 😉 )

March 27 (all day) | K-Dramas!

How To Participate

Join the chat anytime during the day on whichever social network you’re already on and use the most. At the top of your post, put #WtOCraftChat, the date, question number, and the question text.

Example: #WtOCraftChat 2/14 Q1 What’s your favorite story… (etc)

Type your answer under this. You can thread your answers if they’re long. It’s okay to give long answers! As long as you use the chat tag we’ll be able to find your posts and either respond to or boost them.

We’ll engage in chats throughout the day until about 8PM Pacific time.