‘Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without injustice, we are engaging in speculative fiction. Radicals and activists devote their lives to envisioning such worlds, and then go about trying to create them. What better vehicle for them to explore their work and its possibilities than through writing original science fiction stories?’ – Walidah Imarisha, Octavia’s Brood
This is an invitation to join a series of four workshops looking at worldbuilding, science fiction and imagining a better world through creative writing. In these workshops we will explore: why the imagination is important for social change; inspirations from great worldbuilders such as Octavia Butler, Marge Piercy, Ursula Le Guin and others; tools for expanding our own imaginations including creative writing; and the opportunity to work on ideas and share with each other. These sessions will be run by facilitators from Resist + Renew who have a passion for the topic but do not identify as writers (so you don’t have to either!). There is an intention for these workshops to transform into a fortnightly sharing group to generate and reflect on ideas.
Sessions are on Thursday’s at 7pm starting on the 30th of April.
Places will be given on a first come first serve basis, you can sign up on Eventbrite. Please only sign up if you intend to come to all four sessions. The workshops will be held on zoom and it will be easiest to participate with a laptop (though a phone is possible). These sessions are offered for free.