September 18, 2019–December 11, 2019
The Loft Presents If: Writing Diverse Speculative Fiction & Poetry
How can speculative elements break open possibilities, making readers of our work creatively engage with problems that are stagnating in current cultural consciousness? In this class, we will bring the aspects of our lives and communities that are underrepresented in literature to the forefront as we write with the goal of creating speculative works with transformative potential.
We will begin by posing problems that are simultaneously personal and global in nature. Engaging our speculative element(s) of choice (time travel? myth? futurism? magic?), we will enter these problems through creative lenses, building or collapsing worlds around them.
Throughout the process, we will engage in exercises, discussions, and critique. Both literary and genre writers are welcome, and intersectionality is encouraged. Please have the availability to participate in small feedback groups (guidelines will be given) and commitment to an inclusive learning environment.
At the very least, you will have the skeleton of a book by the end of the class.