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Writing to Save the Planet - a QWC workshop with Jess White

Learn how you can save the planet with climate fiction.

The last five years have seen a boom in cli-fi, or climate fiction, mirroring our anxieties about the sixth mass extinction and a world in which extreme weather events are increasing in frequency. Through cli-fi, we can imagine the trajectories of human and other-than-human populations, devise positive futures, or compel our readers to think about our circumstances in radically different ways.

Author and researcher, Dr Jessica White, will be joined by biologist and an award-winning author, Dr Amanda Niehaus to discuss climate and eco-focused literature, drawing upon Amanda's latest novel, The Breeding Season.

Learning Outcomes:

Through group discussions, you will develop your knowledge about the following:

  • A range of genres within cli-fi, including solarpunk, near-future novels and intergalactic stories.

  • How to use time and structure to reveal the slow pace of climate change.

  • How to create believable characters in unbelievable situations.

  • How to positively represent vulnerable populations in a changing world, such as people with disabilities.

  • How to include and represent the other-than-human world in ethical ways.

Booking details here:

Earlier Event: November 9
Author chat at Bulimba Library
Later Event: November 28
Author chat at Kenmore Library