Writing the Other

is creating Scholarships and Resources for Writers

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Sentient Squid
$1
per month

Patrons on this level get:

  • Early bird access to our resources and videos on writing diverse fiction.
  • Exclusive access to quarterly live Q&As with Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford.
  • A 10% discount on all Writing the Other classes.
Vampire Squid
$5
per month

For those who want to contribute more than $1 but can't do $10. There are currently no extra rewards for this tier, but in the future we may offer Special Benefits to patrons who support us at this level.

 

Patrons on this level get:

  • All patron content +
  • A 10% discount on all Writing the Other classes.
Humboldt Squid
$10
per month

Patrons on this level get:

  • All rewards from the tiers below +
  • A 15% discount on all  Writing the Other  classes

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$352

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About

Help us help writers learn how to combat cultural toxicity and create fiction that represents and reflects the world.


We are Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford and we teach online classes on how to write inclusive, diverse fiction through WritingTheOther.com. We firmly believe that it is possible to write "the Other" sensitively and convincingly. We also believe that authors who want to create characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity differs from their own should have the best tools possible to do this and do it well. 

In 2016 author Vonda N. McIntyre anonymously donated the money to cover one registration for an upcoming class, allowing us to start up a scholarship program. Though she did not want credit at the time, the name we gave the scholarship-- Sentient Squid--was in her honor. After that first donation others also offered to help, and we've been able to set aside scholarship spots in every class ever since.

Over the years Vonda gave to the scholarship program on multiple occasions, always without wanting credit, and promoted the program whenever we did a fundraising drive. Because of her support and example, we've been able to provide over $15,000 in Sentient Squid scholarships to a wide range of deserving applicants and make our classes more financially accessible. Approximately 20% of our alumni have already benefited directly from scholarship funds.

Going forward, our goal is to set aside at least one quarter of all spots in our classes for scholarship students and others in need of financial aid. In order to provide an easy way for our generous donors to support us on a monthly basis, we're turning to Patreon.

We have three major goals for this Patreon:
  1. Fund the Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship.
  2. Provide more partial financial aid to writers.
  3. Create more free resources for writers.
Check the Goals section below for details.

Backers can get:

  • Early access to our bimonthly video resources (panel discussions and interviews with authors and editors).
  • Exclusive access to live Q&A sessions with Nisi and Tempest.
  • Discounts on classes.
  • Free On Demand Writing the Other webinars.

...and more. See the Reward Tiers above for details.

Will you help us grow this program in 2020 and beyond? Your monthly support will make it possible for more voices to tell more inclusive stories.

What Our Students Say

Receiving the Sentient Squid Scholarship both instilled further confidence in me as a writer and enabled me to grow in ways I wouldn't have been able to without taking the Description Deep Dive class. Both my ability to describe other kinds of people and my ability to describe anything in general improved massively, and I noticed immediately it in my writing after the class was over. I've continued to improve since then by using the tools given to me during that class. Receiving the scholarship has had long-term effects on my writing that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.
James Henry Feeman

The Sentient Squid scholarship allowed me to take my first ever writing workshop. Beyond teaching me invaluable information regarding writing the “other,” this class provided exercises to improve my craft, opportunities to expand my network, and access to terrific resources. I was able to take a subsequent class with the alumni discount & use the resources to identify additional online workshops appropriate to my budget, schedule & genre. I’m an older working mom who’s managing various health challenges--both my own & my kids. Until I won this scholarship, I thought writing workshops were just a dream for me. A “one day” thing. Now I’m aware of accessible options available.
Dianne McNeill

For two years I had the outline of a novel in my head but couldn’t get it started because I wanted it to be diverse and I didn’t know how to accomplish that. "Writing the Other" was just what I needed. I started the novel the day after the webinar ended. There are lots of problems in writing a novel, but making it diverse shouldn’t be one of them. This webinar scholarship was such a blessing. Thank you!
Mary Williams

Being given the chance to attend on a sliding scale means that I have an opportunity to join a writing workshop I wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. It's my goal to find, study, and correct the unexamined biases (particularly in regards to sexuality and neurodiversity) that's undoubtedly crept into my writing. I hope to fail better in the future, while understanding that there's no real "end-game" to be achieved and that improving on our biases is an ongoing and never-ending process.
a Student

The Sentient Squid Scholarship was a unique opportunity for me, and I'm thankful for it. I'm from Brazil, and we don't have many creative writing classes here and classes about "writing the other" are nonexistent. It gave me the chance to learn how to write better and to rethink the way I write, while it also taught me how to tell my own experience better. I've had always tried to write outside of the dominant culture, thinking about ways to escape toxic tropes and unlearn internalized patterns that reinforce the marginalization of certain people, and this class gave me plenty of tools to do that. It has been more than a year since I finished the class, and I still find myself going back to what they taught me.
Jordana

As a school librarian in a public high school, I have shared what I learned from Writing the Other workshops in talking with students about their writing. The scholarships gave me the tools to go beyond, "That's problematic, you should re-do that” in our discussions. I have also been able to improve selecting books for our library and making recommendations for books used in classrooms.
a Student

Goals
$352 of $1,200 per month
A Fully Funded Scholarship

When we hit this goal we can set aside 25% of the spots in every class for writers who need full or partial financial aid.
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