Imaginative Realms: Writing Beyond Realism
What makes a compelling literary universe? How can a story that challenges the boundaries of reality have contemporary social significance? In this creative writing workshop we will explore imagined universes in fiction and poetry. Drawing on contemporary and historical texts, including ghost stories and the spirit world, magical realism, robots and artificial intelligence, and utopias and dystopias, we’ll seek to understand the tradition of writing that boldly goes beyond realism. Focusing on the writer's craft, we’ll explore the challenges unique to fantastical literature, including narrative authenticity, believable characterization, world-building, and human relevance. Reading as writers, we’ll examine the expectations of genre as we discover innovative ways to craft compelling stories and poems.