When: September 3 and 10, 2023 | 9AM – 1:30PM Pacific – (convert to your time zone)
Can’t make the live webinar? Register to get the recording after
Where: Online — Zoom Classroom
Price: $75 – $125
Scholarships Are Available!
Want to include neopronouns in your fiction and poetry but have questions about which to use, how to use them, or others? Join author and editor Bogi Takács to learn about and explore the past, present, and possible futures of neopronouns.
In this webinar Takács will examine how other writers have used neopronouns historically and in the present day, and consider distinctions between problematizing and normalizing neopronouns (and how to confidently use each approach in your own work). Takács will explore tropes and stereotypes, and discuss strategies to subvert and defy them.
Craft will be at the forefront of every step of the process, from the sentence level all the way to interactions with the publishing industry. You’ll learn what to do if, for example, an editor or proofreader wants to cut or change the pronouns in your work.
We’ll conclude with a discussion of future possibilities and an open Q&A. You’ll come away with plenty of craft ideas and systematic ways of including neopronouns in your writing.
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 — from all backgrounds and any skill level.
This online seminar is for any writer who wants to include neopronouns in their work.
Webinars on both days begin at 9AM Pacific. There will be a 30 minute lunch break around 11AM. Plus small breaks throughout.
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 will be submitted via the chat function.
Live closed captions will be available, auto-generated by Rev.com. The final version of the recorded webinar will have auto-generated closed captions available. Note: the accuracy of these captions varies, and for live webinars we do not edit them.
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.
We have full and partial Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarships available for this webinar. If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost, 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.)
Our scholarships are available to any writer regardless of background or identity. We set aside a portion of scholarships specifically for students who identify under the POC, BIPOC, or BAME umbrellas as well as for Palestinian writers/writers of Palestinian heritage, though we do not limit the number of scholarships we give to marginalized authors.
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 by 11:59PM Pacific August 13, 2023. You’ll be asked to provide:
- A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need
- A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works in progress that you hope the webinar will help you create.
- If you identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.
Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific August 13, 2023. We will notify all applicants of their standing two weeks before class begins. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!
We are not offering refunds for this webinar. If you purchase a ticket for the live session and are unable to make it, you will still get access to the recording and resources.