Writing Transgender and Non-Binary Characters - Remote!

6 Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm, starting October 15th
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

If you’re a cisgender fiction writer who wants to do their best job with their transgender or non-binary character, this course will provide you with best approaches to the craft and representing your character, proper research techniques, feedback on relevant excerpts, and a stronger knowledge of the transgender/non-binary community. This six-week class includes craft lessons, workshops, readings, and exercises to give cisgender students a rich understand of writing transgender and non-binary characters, as well as direct and active feedback on students' relevant excerpts, plot points, and/or novel outlines. Lessons will include tropes, character arcs, PoV, endings, research, sensitivity readers, avoiding (and handling) backlash, and more. Resources about writing the marginalized may include C. Riley Snorton, C.N. Lester, Peter Ho Davies, Chris Castellani, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Don't be shy! This course was designed to encourage cisgender fiction writers at any stage in their writing process to do their best and help them better connect with themselves and the trans/NB worlds around them.

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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Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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