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Writing the Other Online - Fall 2015
Online (Google Hangout) NOT in a specific location
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UPDATE 8/26: The class is now full. However, we are maintaining a waiting list in case anyone has to drop out. Please email wto@ktempestbradford.com to get on this list. Those on the wait list will have a chance to sign up for the next Writing the Other Online class we teach before anyone else.

Writing the Other Online Fall 2015 will take place from September 26th to October 31st weekly on Saturdays at 10am Pacific
Location: ONLINE via Google Hangout
Price: $450 + service fee
Registration begins: August 26th, 2015

Want a reminder when enrollment begins? Join our announcement list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/wto-announcements

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, as author Daniel Jose Older puts it, when writers create characters from backgrounds different than their own, they are really telling the deeper story of their own perception. 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 decades-old work by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward, authors of the acclaimed reference "Writing the Other: A Practical Approach", this six week online course delves deep into learning this sometimes tricky skill. Authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will combine 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.


The class fee is $450 + a service fee charged by the ticketing provider.

We will start accepting registrations on August 26th to give students time to arrange funds. If you will be able to pay for the class in full by the end of September but need to arrange a payment plan, please contact Tempest at wto@ktempestbradford.com to do so.

Want a reminder when enrollment begins? Join our announcement list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/wto-announcements

If the class sells out before you can register, please contact Tempest at wto@ktempestbradford.com to get on the waiting list.

When and Where

Classes will be taught via Google Hangouts on these dates:
September 26
October 3
October 10 (this class will begin at 9am Pacific)
October 17
October 24
October 31
(all Saturdays)

Class begins at 10am Pacific time and runs to 12:30pm. (Please use a time zone converter to see when that lands for you locally.) We chose this day and time specifically to make the class available to more people across time zones both in North America and outside of it.

The class is capped at 8 students.

Class Requirements

You must have a Google account to participate in this class. Sessions are held in Google Hangout video chat and all classwork is submitted via a private Google Drive folder. A video camera is not necessary for class, but we do need to hear you. Please check and make sure Google Hangouts works on your computer prior to signing up for the class.

You need an interest in writing, but you do not need to have written or published anything yet.

Throughout class we will use your fiction for exercises and homework. This can be a short story, novelette, novel, etc. that's in the early drafted stage or mostly ready to start submitting. At the end of class you'll have an opportunity to workshop this piece of writing.

All students must be active participants in class. There will be lectures as well as in-class exercises and Q&A.

In addition to class time, be prepared to spend 3 - 5 hours per week on homework, which will include responding to other students' assignments.

Class Texts

Writing the Other: A Practical Approach by Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl
Invisible edited by Jim C Hines


Week 1
Introduction: Check Your Expectations

Week 2
Race & Ethnicity

Week 3
Gender & Sexuality

Week 4
Dialect & Dialogue

Week 5
Appropriate Cultural Appropriation
Special Considerations by Genre

Week 6
Deep Analysis of Published Fiction
How To Research The Other


Nisi Shawl is the author of dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the James Tiptree, Jr. Award winning collection Filter House (also nominated for a World Fantasy Award). She is the co-editor of Stories for Chip and Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices. She edits reviews for The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a literary quarterly from Aqueduct Press. She is a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and has served on the board for the Clarion West writing workshop.

She developed the Writing the Other workshop with Cynthia Ward, and has taught it for over a decade in person, at conventions, and in a retreat setting.

K Tempest Bradford is a speculative fiction writer by night, a media critic and culture columnist by day, and an activist blogger in the interstices. Her fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines such as Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede and best-selling anthologies Diverse Energies, Federations, and many more.

She has taught, alongside Nisi Shawl, Cynthia Ward, Mary Robinette Kowal, and David Anthony Durham, writing the other in online classroom and retreat settings.

Refund Policy

If you find that you need to drop the class, you may do so by contacting wto@ktempestbradford.com.

If you drop between August 26th and September 2nd, you will receive a full refund minus the service fee.

If you drop between September 3rd and September 12th you will receive an 80% refund minus the service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.

If you drop between September 13th and September 21st you will receive a 60% refund minus the service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.

If you drop between September 22nd and September 25th you will receive an 40% refund minus the service fee plus a chance to enroll in future Writing the Other classes at a discount before general tickets go on sale.

Students who drop the class on the day of or after the first session will not have their registration fee refunded as it will be extremely hard for a student to fill their space and catch up. However, you will be able to enroll in a future Writing the Other Online class for a 90-95% discount.


Writing the Other is a registered service mark of Cynthia Ward and Nisi Shawl.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.
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Arts > Literary
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No


Owner: K Tempest Bradford
On BPT Since: Apr 27, 2015
K Tempest Bradford

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