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Online Workshop: Building Believable Worlds



Alice Robinson




How do we create believable and plausible speculative worlds for our readers? Focusing on what writers can evoke with authenticity, this workshop takes up Margaret Atwood’s assertion that the events in dystopian novels have happened somewhere at some time. Drawing on first-hand experience, research and knowledge of real-world events, this workshop invites participants to meld the real with the fantastical to create gripping narratives.
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This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You Will Learn:

  • To create plausible speculative worlds, characters, and contexts by evoking and / or drawing on real world events and experiences
  • To embed memory in the construction of plausible speculative fiction
  • To consider how research – particularly historical research - might be used in speculative fiction
  • To develop character and place in speculative fiction
  • To structure a novel or story effectively

About the Tutor:

Alice Robinson is the author of two novels, both published by Affirm Press. Her debut novel, Anchor Point (2015), was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards. The Glad Shout (2019) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and The Colin Roderick Literary Award and won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Alice earned a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2012.

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Online Workshop: Building Believable Worlds

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