Your favorite writers and poets of speculative literature (including science fiction, fantasy, and horror) use narrative techniques like persona narrators, point of view, and tone as well as worldbuilding to craft fantastic and imaginative worlds that parallel, reflect, and critique our own real world. Imagining utopias, dystopias, dinosaurs, aliens, monsters, magical beings and systems, and sentient cities and starships to speculate about past and future possibilities can inspire us to transform our present for the better.
This six-week workshop is open to new and returning Writers Studio students at all levels who are interested in writing speculative fiction and poetry. Every week, students look at narrative techniques used in classic and contemporary short stories, novels, and poems by writers and poets of speculative literature. Students then write a two-page exercise based on the week’s model. During a two-hour, live Google Meet session, students present their work and receive feedback from their fellow classmates and from the teacher. The last fifteen minutes of the class are spent reading and discussing the following week’s model, using the Writers Studio method of analyzing persona and narrative techniques. The Google Meet sessions are not recorded.