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

Transgender Character Bootcamp

No Longer Enrolling

  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

With interest in transgender narratives on the rise, more cisgender writers are adding trans characters to their stories...but often with harmful or offensive results despite the best of intentions. What can you do to make sure you’re providing appropriate representation? In this rigorous session, we will explore just about everything you could imagine to help ensure you have a firm foundation to write a trans character or story, including the Three E’s of wanting to write a trans character, the best craft approaches for each, and their potential pitfalls. We’ll also go over (in)appropriate reasons to write a trans narrative, general do’s and don’ts of writing trans characters, and an overview of trans experiences most often used incorrectly in stories. There will even be opportunity for Q&A about all the trans things you've always wanted to ask, but were too afraid to. Don't be shy! This session is designed to encourage cis writers to do their best and help them better connect with themselves and the transgender world around them.

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!