Diverse Pasts and Futures in Speculative Fiction (1938)

Four Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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. Join us to read diverse perspectives in science fiction, and to start writing your own worlds of the future. 

The course will start with a definition of what we mean by speculative (science fiction vs. fantasy, magical realism, fabulist fiction, etc), listing well-known examples as a frame of reference, and introducing lesser known diverse writers in the same areas. Each two-hour session will begin with discussion of a story/book of science fiction written from a diverse perspective. The second half of each session will be devoted to writing exercises to spur individual engagement with science fiction themes, as well as a discussion of the elements of fiction, and writing to prompts to demonstrate how to bring those elements of strong literary fiction into science fiction themes. Four Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Skin Folk, Nalo Hopkinson

Black No More, George S. Schuyler

Tripping the Tale Fanstastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers (Christopher Jon Heuer, Editor)

Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a Kimbilio Fellow, a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and an MFA 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 poetry/fiction collection Circe's Bicycle. Her third book, a short story collection called Midnight at the Organporium, will be released by Aqueduct Press in 2019.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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By George S. Schuyler, Danzy Senna (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143131885
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 16th, 2018

Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941960080
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Published: Handtype Press - October 18th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781504052764
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Published: Open Road Media Science & Fantasy - July 3rd, 2018