(Online) Diverse Pasts and Futures in Speculative Fiction

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Did you know W.E.B. DuBois wrote science fiction? Have you ever wondered what would happen if we could really change places with other races—George S. Schuyler and Nalo Hopkinson have some ideas to share. Science fiction is not just about men in a lab, or robots in space–it’s also about us, all of us, our families and our communities. Developments in science and technology affect people of all genders, races, and nationalities, so we should all have a voice in exploring the changes we’ll face. What lies in your future? How will climate change, genetic manipulation, or artificial intelligence affect you in the decades to come? Join us to read diverse perspectives in science fiction—and to start writing your own worlds of the future. Participants will need to obtain and read Black No More by George S. Schuyler, for which any medium will suffice (paperback, electronic, borrowed from library).

About Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is a Kimbilio Fellow, a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and an M.F.A. candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Jellyfish Review, Booth, and Strange Horizons. Her novel TreeVolution was published in 2016, followed in 2018 by her hybrid fiction/poetry collection Circe's Bicycle. Her third book, a short story collection called Midnight at the Organporium, will be released by Aqueduct Press in 2019. More about her at: www.taracampbell.com.

Teaching Style: Tara's approach is open and discussion-based. Writing and reading are subjective, and everyone has different tastes. The point is to be able to clarify why you react a certain way to a work--what techniques are effective, or conversely, where are the opportunities to make the piece even stronger?

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