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Writing Climate Fiction



Alice Robinson




Attempting to write strong climate fiction invites all kinds of possibilities. Climate fiction can involve drawing together real-world observation with speculative leaps of imagination. It can utilise literary and / or genre writing techniques for utopian or apocalyptic outcomes. It can be set in our known world, or in invented lands; in the present, past or future; involve human and / or nonhuman characters; and take up a range of forms from the traditional to the experimental. Join award winning ‘cli-fi’ writer Alice Robinson for this one-day hands-on exploration of writing the climate.
Portrait of Alice Robinson


You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • To consider and develop the thematic, moral and ethical, logistical, political, human and environmental contexts of climate fiction
  • To create evocative characters and contexts by evoking real world, personal and /or invented events and experiences
  • To utilize research – historical events, scientific data and media stories - to build fictional worlds and events
  • To centre the environment, place and weather as key components of narrative development and storytelling
  • To structure a novel or story effectively

About the Tutor:

Alice Robinson is the author of two novels, with two more forthcoming, all with Affirm Press. Her debut novel, Anchor Point (2015),was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards. The Glad Shout (2019)wasshortlisted 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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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 20 October 2023 - 4:00
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