Class: Writing Second Person

Instructor: Rachel Swirsky

Next class date: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Second person gets a tough rap. It’s a rare breed, a zebra among first- and third-person horses. Readers hear hoofbeats and expect a palomino. A lot of them don’t know what to do when the equine turns out to have stripes. Some writers and readers will always prefer stricking to their Clydesdales and Mustangs–but for those who are willing to come on the ride, a zebra can take you places where horses never tread.

In this class, you’ll learn to saddle up. Through lectures and exercises, we’ll discuss variants of second person, consider when and why to use it, and learn practical techniques for handling challenges such as connecting with readers. I hope to see you soon–and for this class, I really mean *you.*


Classes are taught online and require a reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

Cost is $99 ($79 for Patreon supporters and former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
  • Remind me if you support me on Patreon or have already taken a class with me so you can get the special rate.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, Venmo, or some other means.
  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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