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Writing about what you don’t know

GENRE: Fiction
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The Hurst

What if there were a writing course that covered all the basics – story structure, characterisation, setting, and themes – but took things further? We’re often told to “write about what we know,” to base our stories on our own real lives. But in Speculative Fiction anything goes, from historical ‘what ifs?’ to parallel realities, to sci-fi to satire and fantasy. If you have ever wanted to fashion an alternative reality, govern your own imaginary civilisation, or stray beyond the boundaries of daily life, then this is the course for you.

Read an interview with Joanna Kavenna and Liz Jensen on the pleasures and difficulties of writing speculative fiction.

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