Should Authors Write Characters Different From Themselves? Webinar

Should Authors Write Characters Different From Themselves

When: March 6, 2021, 10AM – 2PM Pacific Time (Click to see when this happens in your time zone)
Where: Online via Zoom video conference
Price: $20 – $30 or Whatever You Can Afford (Details Below)
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Discussions of diversity in literature, media, and narrative often boil down to a version of this basic question: Should white creators write characters of color? Should cisgender creators write trans characters? Should abled creators write characters with disabilities? Should heterosexual creators write LGBTQIA+ characters? The list goes on.

Though framed as a yes or no question, the answer is complicated and complex. Yet it’s the same one for every permutation that gets asked. In this 4 hour webinar, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will give you the answer.

Who Should Take This Class?

The webinar is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, comics, TV, movie, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level.

This online seminar is not only for white writers, or cis writers, or men, it is for any writer who wants to take steps toward writing more inclusive, representational narratives.


The webinar will take place in an online video seminar room. There will be four sections that will last around 45 minutes with a break in-between each. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Registration and Payment Options

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

Full Registration is $30 for webinar attendees. If you cannot afford this, please use the Full Registration Donation option, where you can pay any amount $1 or more. 

If you cannot attend the class during the live webinar, please choose Video Only Registration to get a recording of the class after the live webinar ends. You won’t be able to participate in the Q&A session; you will get all the resources, the lectures, and answers to questions asked during the live class. The fee for this registration is $20. There’s a Video Only Registration Donation option for this as well. 

We will send the webinar video by March 10th. 


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 Q&A function. We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. We will be closed captioning this video for future distribution. If you want to be sent that version, please indicate that in the order confirmation (there is no extra fee for this).

Technical Requirements

Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the live webinar 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 because students won’t be on video. The Q&A will be text-only. You can call in via phone if audio isn’t working through your computer.

Refund Policy

If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so via Eventbrite.

If you drop by February 27, 2021, you will receive a full refund minus a service fee.

If you drop on February 28 or after you will not have your registration fee refunded. However, you will get access to the recording after.

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