Workshop

Utopia, Dystopia, Revolution: Speculative Fiction for Social Change

With: 
Peter Gelderloos

The most memorable works of speculative fiction often deal with visions of utopia and dystopia. Their authors have often been active in and impacted by revolutionary movements, like Zamyatin, Orwell, LeGuin, and Butler.

How can a story of utopia allow us to imagine a better future, without falling into the flatness of perfection? And how do dystopias bring into relief dangers and oppressions of the present moment, without being mere allegory? What about stories of the future that blend elements of both?

This course is for both writers and admirers of speculative fiction. We will start by looking at some of the foundational works of utopia and dystopia, as well as more recent novels in the genre. As the course progresses, everyone will receive support for writing a utopian or dystopian short story of their own. While writing is encouraged, it is not a requirement. Anyone who wants to take part in critical, thoughtful discussion of the works we read—including those of their classmates—is welcome to attend.

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Details: Utopia, Dystopia, Revolution: Speculative Fiction for Social Change takes place every Tuesday in July: July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Literary Cleveland's offices, 13002 Larchmere Blvd in Cleveland.

Prerequisites: Any emerging level fiction/nonfiction/poetry writing course.

Genre: Fiction

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Format: Generative writing workshop  

Location: This class takes place in-person at Literary Cleveland's offices, 13002 Larchmere Blvd in Cleveland.

Size
: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email info@litcleveland.org.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
6:30 pm
 - 
8:30 PM
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
6:30 pm
 - 
8:30 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
6:30 pm
 - 
8:30 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
6:30 pm
 - 
8:30 PM
Tuesday, July 30, 2024
6:30 pm
 - 
8:30 PM
Class Level:
Intermediate
Intermediate
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Peter Gelderloos

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist and writer. He is known in social movements for his 2005 book, How Nonviolence Protects the State, and his 2022 book, The Solutions Are Already Here: Strategies for Ecological Revolution from Below. He is a long-time speculative fiction writer, and got his first novella, Hermetica, published in 2021.

Literary Cleveland

13002 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120

Literary Cleveland's offices are located at 13002 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120. Free street parking is available on Larchmere and surrounding streets. The location is .3 mi from the Shaker Square Rapid Station (a approx. 7-minute walk down E. 130). The building is wheelchair accessible with a short ramp up one step into the main entrance. There is a gender neutral bathroom with zero step entry, but the doorway and restroom are not wide enough for wheelchair access.

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