Write Science Fiction Inclusively!


Writing Inclusive Fiction: Weekend Intensive Workshop is being help July 6-8. The goal is to get you writing about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity are different from your own. Cost is $325. There are a handful of scholarship slots available for this workshop. I know one of the instructors and HIGHLY recommend it.

They say:

Writers know that it’s important to write about characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from their own. But many are afraid to do so for fear that they will get it wrong–horribly, offensively wrong–and think it is better not even to try.

In truth, it is possible to write the Other sensitively and convincingly, and this workshop can start you on the path to doing just that.

Drawing on and updating work by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, authors of the acclaimed reference Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, this 2.5 day online course delves deep into learning this sometimes tricky skill.

Authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will cover:

  • Representation and why it’s important
  • Describing the “Other”
  • Characterization
    • Avoiding Stereotypes and Tropes
    • Writing Characters from different Races and Ethnicities
    • Writing Different Genders
    • Stereotypes around Sexual Orientation
    • Depicting Disability
    • Depicting Class
    • and more
  • Dialogue and Dialect
  • Worldbuilding
  • How To Research The Other
  • Working with Sensitivity Readers

…through a combination of lectures, discussions, and writing exercises in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

The class is appropriate for all writers (fiction, plays, comics, screenplays, and games included) from all backgrounds and any skill level. You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have published anything yet.


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