Friday, May 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Writing science fiction as social fiction: A Workshop on writing fiction as a vehicle for change

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This workshop is targeted towards writers who either use or are interested in using their writing as a way to create a different future. Science fiction throughout the ages has been used to think of new realities and new worlds, whether they be dystopic or utopic in nature they have often yearned for a different future. This can be seen in the political writing of Robert Heinlein, or the progressiveness of Ursula Le Guin’s work. New futures can be glimpsed in the warnings of George Orwell’s 1989 or the utopic visions glimpsed in B.F Skinner’s Walden Two and many more writers who have tried to better mankind through their writing. Whether we use our science fiction as a warning or a how-to-guide, there is no denying its increasing importance in today's society. Frank Herbert’s Dune series whilst often viewed as a popular space opera is less often viewed in its promotion of nature and the importance of ecological balance. This workshop will begin with a short presentation on social fiction with a focus on Herbert’s environmental ethos read through Dune followed by a writing prompt which engages with writing convincing social fiction.

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Tara Smith

PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
Tara Smith is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explores how science fiction can be used to affect social change. Her Honours Thesis examined the ecological messages within Frank Herbert's Dune series. Tara hopes that her work can help science fiction... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

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