Masterclass: Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, and the Unknown

Masterclass: Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, and the Unknown

Zoom Masterclass with Liz Jensen
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    Liz Jensen
Date Friday July 29th 2022, 11:00 - 13:00 BST
Location Online

There are a thousand reasons why we want to explore the unknown, and take others with us on the journey. Speculative writing imagines societies and worlds that resonate with our own, but are wildly and thrillingly different. Every science fiction story and every work of speculative fiction is a challenge to its readers, who must be able to feel, viscerally, that they are in a strange place – but not an alienating one. While original, daring propositions and compelling world-building are crucial to the genre, so is character. Through writing exercises, group brainstorming and text analysis, Liz Jensen’s masterclass asks: does it help to know the genre inside out? What is the role of research? How do you go about creating the “rules” of your invented world? And how can you make sure that what’s in your head lands clearly on the page?

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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