Inclusive Narrative Voices Seminar

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When: June 21, 2020 10:30AM – 12:30PM Pacific (When is this in my timezone?)
Where: Online via Zoom conference
Price: $50 (see below for flexible pricing)

As an author you can use narrative voice to make the communities you depict vividly real.  In this class Nisi Shawl (Everfair, Talk Like A Man) will show you firsthand some of the problems inherent in using nonstandard speech patterns in narrative voice.  We’ll analyze ways both familiar and unfamiliar cultural assumptions are embedded in texts, examining them via lectures, discussion, and selected readings.  We’ll do exercises to practice alternative techniques for conveying difference and make them our own.

Who Should Take This Class?

Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — who write prose at any point in their career from newbie to professional. 

Class Format and Technical Requirements

The webinar will take place in an online video seminar room.  The class consists of a mix of lecture and discussion, and there will be breaks.

Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the class via a computer for the best experience. Before enrolling in class, make sure your computer or mobile device is compatible with Zoom. Before class, load the app on your system and join this test meeting.

A webcam/video camera is not necessary for class. To take part in the Q&A a microphone is helpful, though not necessary. You can call in via phone or submit questions via text. Please make sure you have a headset, headphones, or earbuds as this helps ensure good audio quality for everyone.

The class will be recorded and a video provided to all participants after it ends.


Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Questions can be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. 

Flexible Pricing Options

We’re offering two registration options for this class which we hope will make it more accessible to writers financially affected by COVID-19.

Registration is $50. If you cannot afford this, please use the Flexible Price Registration option, where you can pay any amount $5 or more. Thanks to the generosity of donors to our COVID-19 fundraiser and the continued support of our Patreon backers there are 10 Flexible Price spots available. These are on a first-come basis. If there are none available when you come to register, please add yourself to the waitlist as more spots may open up.

If you have the ability to contribute to our scholarship fund and open more spots for people, you can donate here.

Refund Policy

If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so by contacting our GMail or emailing via the website.

If you drop by June 7, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.

If you drop by June 14, you will receive an 50% refund minus a service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.

If you drop on June 15 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded as it will be hard for a student to fill your space. However, you will be able to enroll in a future class for a discount and you will receive a video of the class.

Want to buy this class as a gift for someone? Send them a Writing the Other gift card! You can buy them in denominations from $25 – $500, including custom denominations. They can use the gift card to pay for this or any other online class offered through this website. Click here to purchase one.

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