The New Sci-Fi: Speculative Fiction with Sophie Mackintosh *COURSE FULL*

Science fiction isn’t all explosions and spaceships, and even if you don’t write in the genre there are still exciting craft and imaginative lessons to be learned – especially in a changing world. Speculative fiction can act as a lens through which we see our own world differently, and can help spur on our imaginations.

In this one-day workshop, we’ll be looking at a range of short science and speculative fiction extracts, as well as writing exercises based around science fiction ideas and principles, using a range of visual and word-based prompts.

Think Black Mirror – how can we challenge ourselves to create imaginative science fiction that tells us about the world and ourselves, human-led science fiction that acts as an imaginative springboard? We’ll think about genre, and the possibilities of mixing it up to create fiction with no limits.

Suitable for anyone interested in speculative or sci-fi texts, as well as writers who don’t write in this genre but are curious to try something different.

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For any out of town participants, stay at the gorgeous Circus Hotel and receive 10% off your stay! Ask us for our offer code.

Sophie Mackintosh was born in South Wales in 1988 and is currently based in London. Her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by Granta, The White Review, The New York Times, and The Stinging Fly, among others. Her short story ‘Grace’ was the winner of the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize, and her story ‘The Running Ones’ won the Virago/Stylist Short Story competition in 2016. Sophie’s debut novel The Water Cure was published in the UK by Hamish Hamilton in Spring 2018 and by Doubleday in the US in early 2019 to critical acclaim, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Her second novel Blue Ticket will be published in Spring 2020.

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