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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Queer Characters in Strange Worlds

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Many LBGTQIA readers are happy to see -- finally! -- their own experiences represented in sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction. And writers often find queer characters fun to explore. But when removed from the context of our own culture and historical moment, LGBTQIA desire or relationships might mean very different things. How do the tasks of developing queer characters and worldbuilding interact? How do we balance the enjoyment of allowing these characters to express their individuality with an exploration of bigger questions about gender and sexuality in society? And how does intersectionality fit in? This one-day class will mix critical discussion with healthy appreciation. We’ll look at examples, new and old, brainstorm intentions, write character profiles, and workshop scenes.


 Possible texts include excerpts from:
 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
; Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
; They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
; All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.

Scholarships Format/Location

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!