Invented Futures Lab: speculative fiction workshop

What you'll do

Our imagination is a realm of endless possibilities. Join an inspiring network of writers, activists and change-makers in this speculative fiction workshop that lets yours run free.

In this workshop you will cover:

  • What speculative fiction is and the important role it plays in the world
  • Useful tools which will help you to reimagine the future (with plenty of examples)
  • How to write convincing speculative fiction
  • How to incorporate diverse perspectives into your writing
  • How writing can be used as a tool for activism

Invented Futures will lead you through a series of exercises and reflections to begin writing your own futures. This will be achieved by exploring 'tools' from diverse perspectives such as speculative anthropology, science fiction, performance, environmental politics, social science, activism and philosophy. These will then be applied to your writing.

Whether you're most interested in fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism, or performance, this writing workshop will enable you to write experimentally and take your readers on a journey to 'what if?' Your host Maria Leonard knows how to use writing as a tool for activism and effectively expand alternative visions of the future in the present.

You will look at examples from writers such as Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, and the latest research from the Invented Futures collective. This includes experimental physics, science narratives to design fiction, and contemporary myths - all the good stuff to get you writing and reflecting.

Bring an open mind, your favourite piece of speculative fiction in any form, and a new vision for the future. Invented Futures will provide drinks and a portfolio of ideas, experiments and snippets from the latest research in future-making from their collective.

Upcoming dates

Sorry, there are currently no dates available for this experience, but we’re expecting more to be added really soon!

Want to be the first to find out when new dates are released?

What you'll do

Our imagination is a realm of endless possibilities. Join an inspiring network of writers, activists and change-makers in this speculative fiction workshop that lets yours run free.

In this workshop you will cover:

  • What speculative fiction is and the important role it plays in the world
  • Useful tools which will help you to reimagine the future (with plenty of examples)
  • How to write convincing speculative fiction
  • How to incorporate diverse perspectives into your writing
  • How writing can be used as a tool for activism

Invented Futures will lead you through a series of exercises and reflections to begin writing your own futures. This will be achieved by exploring 'tools' from diverse perspectives such as speculative anthropology, science fiction, performance, environmental politics, social science, activism and philosophy. These will then be applied to your writing.

Whether you're most interested in fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism, or performance, this writing workshop will enable you to write experimentally and take your readers on a journey to 'what if?' Your host Maria Leonard knows how to use writing as a tool for activism and effectively expand alternative visions of the future in the present.

You will look at examples from writers such as Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, and the latest research from the Invented Futures collective. This includes experimental physics, science narratives to design fiction, and contemporary myths - all the good stuff to get you writing and reflecting.

Bring an open mind, your favourite piece of speculative fiction in any form, and a new vision for the future. Invented Futures will provide drinks and a portfolio of ideas, experiments and snippets from the latest research in future-making from their collective.

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Facilities

  • Host comes to you
  • WiFi
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Adult changing

On the day

  • Please arrive at 6.30pm
  • Bring a pen, notebook and (if you like) your favourite piece of creative speculation. It could be the name of a film, an article or a quote from a book

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.

About Invented Futures

Invented Futures is a research collective based in Spike Island. They're building a response to the dominant ways the future is being made. This includes through innovation policy, financial risk forecasting and research funding infrastructure. Invented Futures creates public conversations, hosts ideas from thinkers and researchers, and runs workshops and events.

Their platform is a network of designers, artists, sociologists, science policy and computer science researchers, robot ethicists, filmmakers, philosophers, and speculative fiction writers. They come together and ask the following questions:

What kind of knowledge, systems and capabilities are required to build alternative futures? How might speculation, from thought experiments to fiction, to performance and prototypes, provoke dialogue and change?

While other think tanks are designed to protect businesses against uncertain future risks, Invented Futures invites the public to engage with their network of innovators and democratise their research. This platform of change-makers wants its ideas to be engaged with outside of institutions. These ideas will then empower individuals, communities and organisations to create positive shifts which re-steer 'the future'.

How to get there

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Invented Futures.

Upcoming dates

Sorry, there are currently no dates available for this experience, but we’re expecting more to be added really soon!

Want to be the first to find out when new dates are released?

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Price
£5 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs
Age restriction
16+
Rebook or cancel up to 2 days before your experience.