Milo Todd firmly believes in creating learning environments where queer and/or intersectionally marginalized students feel safe sharing their work, feedback, worries, and goals. The publishing world is a difficult place at the best of times, starting with the individual workshop experience, and he believes information and community support can break down gatekeeping and help queer writers succeed in their goals.

Milo’s classes are places where students will be treated with respect, and he welcomes individuals of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, national origins, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, abilities—and other visible and nonvisible differences. All students of his classes are expected to contribute to a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for every other member of the class. Disrespectful language or behavior toward any of the above groups will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the remainder of the course without refund.

***Applications are CLOSED for the 2024-2025 Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers. Applications for the 2025-2026 year will open in January 2025.***


Upcoming Classes:

Writing Outside of Your Lane
Friday, June 21st, 2024 from 10:30am to 1:30pm ET
Virtual via Zoom | 12 seat maximum
$85, scholarships available
Register for this session at GrubStreet.

Over the past several years, the publishing world (and its readers) have thankfully demanded more diversity within stories. But as welcoming as this change is, it can leave many non-marginalized writers with anxiety. How are you supposed to go about it? What if you mess up? Are you allowed to write about marginalized people at all? This 3-hour course provides mainstream writers with the basics of how to write a marginalized character with which they don’t have a lived experience, breaking the process down into the bare bones of Self-Reflection, Research, Craft, Editing, and How to Handle Backlash. With pragmatic and clear-cut information—as well as the wisdom from such writers as Alexander Chee, Peter Ho Davies, and Stella Young—writers will leave this course with significantly more insight, awareness, and confidence to produce the most accurate and empathetic work they can.

*This class is open to all identities.

Novel in Progress
8 Thursdays starting July 11th, 2024 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm ET
Virtual via Zoom | 12 students maximum
$540, scholarships available
Register for this class at GrubStreet.

First drafts of novels can be messy, amorphous, and daunting. Sometimes, extensive critical feedback can be counterproductive before the first draft is finished, yet writers often find themselves losing focus without support and guidance. In class, we will do exercises, discuss craft issues—characterization, the protagonist’s desire, plot and outlining, endings—and read short scenes from each other’s work, providing feedback in an environment that recognizes the specific challenges of the novel in progress. Novels of all genres are welcome. Please bring the first page (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins) of your novel to the first class.

*This class is open to all identities.

Writing Messy Queer Characters
Saturday, July 27th, 2024 from 10:30am to 1:30pm ET
Virtual via Zoom | 12 seat maximum
$85, scholarships available
Register for this session at GrubStreet.

Disney villains, disaster lesbians, and hot trans messes, oh my! In this 3-hour class, we’ll look at “good” messy queers, “bad” messy queers, stereotypes, redemption, interiority, and mainstream media representations. Along with a lecture segment, we’ll also take time to discuss some common anxieties when writing a complex queer character, brainstorm craft elements for your story, and engage in a writing exercise.

*While this class is designed with queer writers in mind, cisgender/heterosexual writers are welcome to attend and learn. However, please know we won’t be discussing introductory levels of queer representation or community, nor the do’s and don’ts of writing outside of one’s lane.

Queery-ing: Navigating Agents and Publishers While Queer
Saturday, August 24th, 2024 from 10:30am to 1:30pm ET
Virtual via Zoom | 12 seat maximum
$85, scholarships available
Register for this session at GrubStreet.

What does a “very nice deal” mean in a publishing contract announcement? What’s a pre-empt? How does the trajectory from query to book deal normally work? Navigating the publishing industry is confusing at the best of times, but when you’re also a marginalized writer, it can feel overwhelming. In this 3-hour crash course, we’ll spend the first half in lecture and information—including query letters, industry language, standard agent contract rates, the differences of publishing houses, and more—and the second half in a mix of Q&A and beginning to build our query letters, all while centering queer writers and the particular challenges they may face.

*This class is intended only for LGBTQ+ writers.

 

Past Classes:

Genre-Queer: Narrative Structures for the Other (6 Weeks)
June 2024
The Loft

Transcestors Series: The Stonewall Rebellion (1 Hour)
June 2024
Independent

Transcestors Series: Pirates of the 1600s Atlantic (1 Hour)
March 2024
Independent

Queer Writing Essentials (3 Hours)
March 2024
GrubStreet

How to Start a Newsletter (3 Hours)
January 2024
GrubStreet

The Age of AI: ChatGPT, Prosecraft, and Other Writer Concerns (3 Hours)
December 2023
GrubStreet

Sessions with the Editor: Foglifter Journal (3 Hours)
November 2023
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane: The Basics (3 Hours)
September 2023
GrubStreet

Queery-ing: Navigating Agents and Publishers While Queer (3 Hours)
August 2023
GrubStreet

Non-Toxic Masculinity in Fiction (3 Hours)
July 2023
GrubStreet

Novel Writing Workshop for Queer, Trans, and/or Nonbinary Writers (8 Weeks)
July 2023
GrubStreet

History Reclaimed: Facts and Fictions (3 Hours)
June 2023
GrubStreet

QueerNoWriMo (12 Weeks)
June 2023
Independent

Writing Group: Accountability Cafe for Queer, Trans, and/or Nonbinary Writers (6 Weeks)
May 2023
Independent

Writing Outside of Your Lane: The Basics (3 Hours)
April 2023
GrubStreet

Writing Messy Queer Characters (3 Hours)
April 2023
GrubStreet

Queer Writing Essentials (3 Hours)
April 2023
GrubStreet

Writing Group: Accountability Cafe for Queer, Trans, and/or Nonbinary Writers (6 Weeks)
March 2023
GrubStreet

Queery-ing: Navigating Agents and Publishers While Queer (3 Hours)
February 2023
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane: The Basics (3 Hours)
December 2022
GrubStreet

Queery-ing: Navigating Agents and Publishers While Queer (2 Hours)
December 2022
Independent

Effective Social Justice Storytelling (1 Hour)
November 2022
Independent

Inviting In Outside Readers (1 Hour)
November 2022
Independent

Writing Messy Queer Characters (3 Hours)
October 2022
GrubStreet

Jumpstart Your Novel (6 Weeks)
October 2022
GrubStreet

Writing Messy Queer Characters (3 Hours)
July 2022
GrubStreet

What Literary Journals Want You to Know (3 Hours)
June 2022
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane: The Basics (3 Hours)
May 2022
GrubStreet

Writing Transgender and Nonbinary Characters (90 Minutes)
April 2022
Clarion West

Writing Messy Queer Characters (2 Weeks)
March 2022
Lambda Literary

Novel Writing Workshop for Queer, Trans, and/or Nonbinary Writers (10 Weeks)
January 2022
GrubStreet

What Literary Journals Want You to Know (3 Hours)
November 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane: The Basics (3 Hours)
November 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Messy Queer Characters (3 Hours)
October 2021
GrubStreet

Novel Writing Workshop for Queer, Trans, and/or Nonbinary Writers (8 Weeks)
September 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: Novel Writing Workshop (6 Weeks)
July 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: The Basics (3 Hours)
July 2021
GrubStreet

Genre-Queer (4 Weeks)
May 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: The Basics (3 Hours)
March 2021
GrubStreet

What Literary Journals Want You to Know (3 Hours)
March 2021
GrubStreet

Advanced Novel Workshop (10 Weeks)
January – March 2021
GrubStreet

Jumpstart Your Novel (6 Weeks)
January – February 2021
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: The Basics (3 Hours)
December 2020
GrubStreet

Writing Outside of Your Lane Series: The Basics (3 Hours)
September 2020
GrubStreet

Jumpstart Your Novel (6 Weeks)
June – August 2020
GrubStreet

For Instructors: Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusion in the Writing Workshop (3 Hours)
October 2019
GrubStreet

Write on Fire: Turning Anger into Art (3 Hours)
September 2019
GrubStreet

Transgender Character Bootcamp (8 Hours)
July 2019
GrubStreet