Writing Deaf and Blind Characters | On Demand Master Class

Writing Deaf and Blind Characters

Partially deaf and partially blind writer and editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry walks students through the process of researching and understanding both conditions for fiction writing. Topics covered:

  • Blindness
    • Including causes, adaptive devices, and media examples
  • Deafness
    • Including the difference between Deaf/deaf culture, hearing aids and other adaptive devices, and media examples
  • Ableism and how to avoid it
  • Language
    • Including the difference between Identity First and Person First language
  • Genre Tropes
  • Thinking Intersectionally

The class includes both the video recording of the live seminar plus supplemental resources and reading recommendations. All class materials are online, and a download link will be emailed to you after you complete your purchase.

Accessibility: The class video is closed captioned and a transcript of the video is available to everyone who purchases the seminar.

Price: $50

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Part of the Fall 2016 Master Class Series, Sponsored By:

The Writing Excuses Podcast

What Are Master Classes?

Seminars designed as a deep dive into a specific Writing the Other topic. While the online classes, Weekend Intensives, and Classic seminars provide a good foundation, the Master Classes go beyond the basics and allow writers to learn from and ask questions of experts in specific areas.

Who Should Take These Classes?

These seminars are available to any writer, but they assume some familiarity with the basics of the concepts found in the Writing the Other: A Practical Approach book. If you have not attended a Weekend Intensive or other course, retreat, or workshop, you can still take a Master Class as long as you have read the book and familiarize yourself with the material on the Resources page before class. (We suggest reading Invisible and Invisible 2 plus the links at the bottom of the page.) This will give you enough foundation for this Master Class.