Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: Language, Slurs, and Word Choice - Remote!
When writing outside of your lane, you may find yourself asking many questions: Can I write in a marginalized character’s syntax or style of speaking? Can I use a slur if it’s relevant to the plot? Is a problematic depiction of a character allowed if it’s historically accurate? What name and pronouns should I use for a transgender character in their “before” time?
In this 3-hour class, we’ll use discussion, Q&A, examples, and writing/critical thinking exercises to understand the best ways to accurately represent marginalized characters (and/or their struggles) without causing further harm to given communities in the real world. We’ll look at examples and discussions of representation from such writers as Danez Smith, Alexander Chee, Rebecca Makkai, and more.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
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