Writing Revolution: How To Create Believable Resistance Movements with Helen Gould

Writing Revolution

When: June 8th 2024, 3PM – 9PM BST (GMT+1) (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!

Stories about rebelling against an unjust system or a tyrannical ruler have always been popular, often becoming lucrative franchises (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…). However, they also frequently portray a simplified narrative about how resistance works or avoid the nuances of what it means to fight an oppressive force.

This one-day workshop will establish an understanding of the building blocks that can be put in place for a realistic foundation for a dystopian society, oppression, and rebellion. Instructor Helen Gould will cover real-world examples of political resistance from around the world, discuss the morality of important issues like the use of violence, and explore what kind of characters you might need in a story about revolution.

Who Should Take This Webinar?

Creators working in any medium at any level are welcome to take this class. If you are thinking about (or are in the process of) writing a story that engages with revolution as a theme, this workshop is for you; especially if you are not familiar with real-world political organising.


Session 1: 3 :00pm – 3:45pm
Session 2: 3:45pm – 4:30pm
15 minute break
Session 3: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Session 4: 5:45pm – 6:15pm
45 minute break
Session 5: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Session 6: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Wrap-up and Q&A: 8:30pm – 9:00pm

The schedule is subject to minor changes. Each session will include lecture and group discussion or activity.

Live Webinar Registration is $125 for attendees. If you cannot attend the class during the live webinar, please choose Video Only Registration to get a recording of the class afterward. You’ll get all the resources, the lectures, and answers to questions asked during the live class. The fee for this registration is $75.

We will send the webinar recording to all registrants two weeks after the live class.


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.

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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 May 18th. 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 May 18thWe will notify all applicants of their standing two weeks before class begins. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!

Refund Policy

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.

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