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Furry Friends Forum

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Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
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Students join other furries, therians, fursuit makers and cosplayers, and furry and anthro artists to discuss costume making, fursonas, furry life, and art.

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This class is taught in English.
I am a long-term cosplayer and LARP (live action roleplay) costumer who has created costumes that include animal components such as ears, tails, and hooves, along with cosplays of characters from movies, television, and books for myself and my children. I regularly attend conventions and am familiar with furry cosplayers and culture. I am also the parent of a child who loves drawing furry art and creating fursonas. They even drew the banner for this class! We’re currently working on a fursuit build together.

Some of my other social clubs (Warriors and LGBTQ+ fandom clubs) tend to attract students who are already furry cosplayers or who are interested in creating fursonas, so I wanted to offer a dedicated space for these learners to discuss their shared interest. The furry community skews heavily towards LGBTQ+; I am a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself and offer several classes for LGBTQ+ learners ages 8-18. 
To keep our space positive and respectful, students should adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Respect and consent are key. Speak to each other in a respectful manner, without slurs, insults, or inappropriate language. Recognize that your fellow students have boundaries. If someone asks you to stop a specific line of conversation, please do so. The content of the group should remain PG! We know that negativity towards the furry community exists; please don't bring any of that content into this space, even to critique it. 

2. Give credit where credit is due. Don’t claim another artist’s work (including art, bases, patterns, and finished fursuit pieces) as your own work. Let's also remember not to share images of other people (including siblings) in the classroom. 

3. Remember that every member of this group is at a different stage in their furry journey. Some may have a full suit, while others are still developing their fursonas. Don’t compare yourself or your work to anyone else’s! You’re right where your need to be. 

4. Have fun! 
While I assume that parents enrolling their students in this group are already aware of furry cosplay and culture, I would like to reiterate that furry cosplay is NOT inherently sexual or suggestive in nature. Many wholesome, age-appropriate resources for developing fursonas and creating costumes are available online. Children have always identified with animals (how many of us great up in the 80s as horse girls?) and furry cosplay provides an opportunity to express that connection to specific animals—both real and fantasy—in a creative and fun way. This class exist specifically to provide a safe, youth/teen-friendly, adult-moderated environment for young furry cosplayers and artists to connect with each other and make new friends. All content will be kept PG (including discussion and artwork).

Please remind your learners not to share personal information, gamertags, social media handles, or links to their online businesses (including Etsy and YouTube). 

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Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland, MAPW
Designing a fursona reference sheet. What should I include?
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I teach creative writing, gaming, and popular media & culture to learners from age 8 through high school. 

I offer a range of courses that focus on specific literary genres, some traditional and some popular/contemporary, as well as multiple... 
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