The University of the Future
Workshop Speculative Creative Writing with Isabel Hoving

This workshop took place on Wed. 13 October & Wed. 10 November

Participants are still working on their stories.

Workshop speculative creative writing

Workshop in English, written assignments in English or Dutch

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Speculative literary fiction addresses issues of our contemporary world by posing the question “what if?” In this workshop creative writing, participants work towards their own piece of short dystopian fiction, as a tool for criticizing the ills of contemporary academia and for imagining an alternative university. What if the already tedious bureaucracy of grade administration, the perverse financial impulses for "excellency", or the securitization of university campuses were to be taken to yet another level? What if our university were fully carbon neutral and ecologically sustainable? What if student numbers would explode and the housing crisis remained unresolved? What if...?

In the first session, you will work in class on hands-on assignments and tools to improve your writing. After this session, you will work on a 2000 word piece of prose fiction at home. You will read each other's work through a peer review system. In the final session, we will discuss each other’s work with the full group.

You can then develop a final version and submit it for feedback from our professional reading committee. Our reading committee consists of the greatest thriller author of the Netherlands René Appel and the multi-disciplinary artist Aafke Romeijn whose Concept M and 7B are socially critical scifi novels rarely seen in the Dutch literary field. With their feedback you can further finetune your story. We will also discuss possibilities for publication.

Snacks will be provided for the two workshop sessions.

Isabel Hoving teaches on postcolonial literature, gender & sexuality, migration & interculturality and ecocriticism. She is also the celebrated author of several young adult novels. Her latest book “De een na laatste dood van het meisje Capone” is set in a dystopian 2099 with neoliberalism gone awry.

This event is part of our series University from below.