How To Start or Build Your Sensitivity Reader Business

Regular $74.00
Friend $66.60
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Publishing and Career
Open to All Levels
Online—Zoom Classroom
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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This workshop is for folks with experiences and identities underrepresented in media who are interested in either becoming a sensitivity reader or for sensitivity readers interested in growing their business and building community. Sensitivity Readers use our lived experience to help writers of all genres create more authentic and respectful portrayals of marginalized identities and communities. Sensitivity Reading can be an accessible and financially lucrative field which emphasizes lived experience over formal or academic training. In this workshop, we will discuss working as a sensitivity reader from the ground up including determining rates, finding clients, and assessing project fit. We will cover client expectations and the ways we can customize our services. We will articulate clear boundaries in acknowledgement of the emotional and intellectual labor inherent in this work. We will expand the conversation beyond books into opportunities for projects across all forms of media. Participants will leave with an action plan for starting or building their business and a resource list.

While anyone can attend this workshop, we recommended attending the companion workshop, Authenticity Matters: Sensitivity Readers in Writing and Publishing first. Please email Sydney at [email protected] if you have questions.

All Classes listed on the Loft website take place in Central Standard Time (CST); make sure you understand your time zone, and adjust accordingly

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at [email protected] or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.