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Writing the Other is pleased to share our 2022 Class Schedule. Geared for writers and writing-adjacent professions, our classes, webinars, workshops, seminars and retreats help students build better, more inclusive worlds and craft characters with better representation. Class dates and times are subject to change.
Click the links below to jump to the class description.Charting Your Character’s Arc Webinar and Workshop lima April 29 – May 15Deep Dive Intensive: Description duaHollyhock Retreat laman! More classes may be announced. Dates subject to change.
Charting Your Character’s Arc Webinar and Workshop
Webinar: February lima & 6, 2022 kecil-outline.
In this webinar, author Stant Litore will walk through how to chart your character arc in a way that allows you to use that arc as a potent tool for revision or outlining.
Deep Dive Intensive: Creating Diverse Characters
Dates: February 26 – March 12, 2022Where: Online Price: $250 – $350Registration Opens Jan 1, 2022
Creating characters that reflect of the diversity of the world we all live in is important for all writers and creators of fictional narratives. But writers often find it difficult to represent people whose gender, sexual orientation, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity is very different from their own. This can lead to fear of getting it wrong–horribly, offensively wrong–and, in the face of that, some think it’s better to not even try.
But representation is too important to ignore. And it is possible to write characters who represent the “Other” sensitively and convincingly. This course will provide authors with a solid foundation in how to craft characters from any background, no matter how different they are from you.
Non-Linear Story Structures from Non-Western Traditions Webinar
Date: March 19, 2022 class we’ll help you sharpen your dialogue skills and show you how to apply those same skills to the narrative voice. We’ll analyze ways familiar and unfamiliar cultural assumptions are embedded in texts and talk about alternative techniques for conveying difference via voice–yours and your characters’.
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Crafting Diverse Relationships: Family and Friends, Lovers and Life Partners
Dates: April 29 – May 15, 2022Where: OnlinePrice: $200Registration Opens March 1, 2022
Relationships between characters are key to character development and plot progression in every aliran, not just romance. Family bonds, friendships, and lifelong partnerships create support networks around characters in every narrative. Writers often struggle to represent the connections and bonds between people that are outside their experience.
In this class, authors Piper J. Drake, Lauren Jankowski, and Jacqueline Koyanagi will discuss family and found family, platonic relationships and friendships, banyak and interracial relationships, and how to recognize and challenge the Love Hierarchy.
Join Writing the Other in exploring a range of relationship arcs and interpersonal dynamics to create vivid narratives and character-driven plot lines.
Deep Dive Intensive: Description
Dates: June 4 – 18, 2022Where: OnlinePrice: $200 – $300Registration Opens April 1, 2022
Creating inclusive fiction with characters that come from different identities is important. But when writers start describing people from marginalized groups, they’re sometimes overcome by anxiety over getting it right. What words and phrases should you use? Which ones should you avoid?
In this craft-centric class we’ll dive deep into these language and description pitfalls…and how to avoid them! Go beyond the basics of eliminating food metaphors and other tired/inaccurate clichés and explore:How to make conscious, respectful, and inclusive language choices.Person-first vs. Identity-first language.When it is and isn’t okay to use slurs.
The Heroine’s Journey Webinar with Gail Carriger
Date: June 25, 2022 modern publishing markets.
After this webinar you’ll have the tools to craft narrative beats, steps to write a compelling journey, and an understanding of why these are appealing based on history and mythology. You’ll also gain an understanding of why genre fiction (and romance in particular) is dismissed, vilified, and disregarded, and how to combat this negative stereotyping.
Diverse Narrative Structure with Henry Lien
Date: July 8 – 31, 2022Where: Online Price: $200Registration Opens May 15, 2022