ClassWhat If: Exploring Science, Technology, and the Environment in Writing
Are you a poet interested in birds, robots, space colonies, or climate change? A journalist, scientist, or memoir writer engaged with technical material? Or a fiction writer working with fantasy, science-fiction, or climate-fiction? If so, this class is for you.
We live in unprecedented times of human-driven changes to our planet. LeVar Burton says, “By simply accepting the invitation to contemplate the “what if” we unleash our superpower on the very nature of possibility itself, oftentimes resulting in the seemingly miraculous.”
Writers are responding with non-fiction prose, poetry, fantasy, and science fiction to help us digest and explain issues like climate change and space trash as well as issues in science and technology.
In this class, we will use short lectures, readings, discussion of creative approaches, generative writing exercises, and small group discussions about your own project ideas. The class meets four times, allowing you time between classes to develop ideas and projects or create sparks for new projects in fiction or non-fiction prose or poetry.
Together, we will explore how to integrate research into the creative process as well as reflect on our connection to nature, ways to use structure, plot, and personal narrative as well as ask "what if."
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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.
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