An Unexpected Light

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An Unexpected Light

Online Speculative Fiction Course

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

An Unexpected Light starts on October 1, 2019!

An Unexpected Light is a six-month online speculative fiction course designed to respond to what often feels like a growing and inescapable sense of hopelessness and despair within individuals and communities. The goal of this course is to offer many invitations towards possibility, towards life. Combining narrative therapy practices with guided writing and curated reading selections, we will search for the unexpected light together.

Like Orion rising from the underground in Autumn Brown’s short story Small and Bright, we, too, will grab for the survival pack, learn to read old maps in new territories and find our way towards what is possible. (Do you want to read Small and Bright? It’s one of the stories in Octavia’s Brood, one of the textbooks in this course!)

Although this is designed to be a therapeutic speculative fiction course, meaning that it has been designed with the goal of strengthening participants’ connections to a sense of agency and to their own legacies of action and response, this course is open to anyone who wants to read and/or write speculative fiction and is looking for an intersectional and anti-oppressive space for that reading and writing.

New writers, hesitant writers, reluctant writers, aspiring writers, and discouraged writers are all welcome and encouraged! Almost all of the contributors to Octavia’s Brood, one of the textbooks for this course, had never written fiction, let alone speculative fiction, before that project.

Participants will be invited to collaborate on an anthology of speculative fiction after the end of the course and will have editing assistance if they choose to participate.

The cost for the course is $750, which includes the five textbooks.

Course registration is limited to 15 participants, with five additional scholarship spaces for participants with financial access needs. Class size is limited so that every participant can receive individual feedback.

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