When: April 29 – May 15, 2022
Relationships between characters are key to character development and plot progression in every genre, not just romance. Family bonds, friendships, and lifelong partnerships create support networks around characters in every narrative. Writers often struggle to represent the connections and bonds between people that are outside their experience.
In this class, authors Piper J. Drake, Lauren Jankowski, and Jacqueline Koyanagi will discuss family and found family, platonic relationships and friendships, poly and interracial relationships, and how to recognize and challenge the Love Hierarchy.
Join Writing the Other in exploring a range of relationship arcs and interpersonal dynamics to create vivid narratives and character-driven plot lines.
- Who Should Take This Webinar?
- Required Texts
- Technical Requirements
- Full and Partial Scholarship Opportunities
- Refund Policy
Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — and narrative mediums — Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Graphic Novels, from newbie to professional.
Please buy the following texts before class begins.
- Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl
- Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget by Stant Litore
- Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen
- The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger
The class takes place in a private WordPress with a theme designed for accessibility. Homework files will be available through Google Drive. The class mailing list will be through Google Groups. All of these services are accessible to students using screen readers.
If you have questions about potential needs, or if there are any other ways we can make a class accessible for you, please contact us before registering and we’ll answer within 24 hours.
Other than a computer, the only other technical requirement for the class is a Google account. If you don’t have one, you can create a free one just for this class.
Scholarships are available for both the webinar and the video only.
If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost for the webinar, we encourage you to apply. We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class. We especially encourage writers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply. Wherever you exist on the financial needs spectrum, don’t self reject! (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.)
Additionally, in acknowledgment of the difficulty Palestinian writers may have in accessing resources and the obstacles their voices face in being heard, we have set aside scholarship spots specifically for writers of Palestinian heritage.
IMPORTANT: We set aside scholarship spots ahead of opening registration. Even if the webinar sells out before the deadline, scholarship spots are still reserved. If you plan to apply for a scholarship you do not need to register below.
If you can afford to pay for part but not all of the registration fee, please apply for a partial scholarship. Under this financial aid plan you can let us know the amount you can afford. If you cannot afford to pay at all, please apply for a full scholarship.
To apply, please fill out this form. You’ll be asked to provide:
- A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need.
- A brief (500 or fewer words) description of how you feel the class will benefit you.
- If you customarily identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.
Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific April 10. We will notify all applicants of their standing by April 15. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!
If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so by requesting a refund via Eventbrite.
If you drop by April 15, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.
If you drop on April 16 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded. However, you can use the funds as credit towards a future class.