On Demand: Writing Fat Characters | Master Class

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Fat characters in fictional narratives often fall into two categories. Most are negative portrayals where fatness represents moral failings or villainous tendencies. Seemingly “positive” portrayals emphasize weight loss narratives, self-loathing, or fatness as a limitation imposed on the self. In this on demand 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.

This $60 Master Class includes:

  • 2 hour lecture covering…
    • Why we use the term “Fat”
    • Identifying and avoiding overdone stereotypes and tropes about fat people
    • Types of fat experiences we need more of in fiction and media
    • How to write a fat body
  • An extensive resource list
  • A writing exercise

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All videos include closed captions. Resources are in PDF format.

Who Should Take This Master Class?

Writers of all genres — Literary, YA, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Children’s Books, Romance — and all mediums — Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Comics/Graphic Novels, Games — at any point in their career from newbie to professional. These classes are designed so that any writer who wants to write inclusive fiction well and create characters who aren’t caricatures will find them beneficial.

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