Ever wanted to write dystopian fiction? Interested in what makes The Handmaid’s Tale so chillingly prescient, The Hunger Games so gripping, or The Road so devastating? This workshop will discuss why authors and readers keep returning to dystopian stories, and will push you to consider how you can make your own dystopian fiction striking and new. What is it that makes an effective dystopia, and how can you use these ideas to make your own writing more effective?
Come prepared to write, as this interactive workshop will have you interrogating your ideas, and trying out new ones. Francesca will also be happy to answer any questions about writing and publishing.
About Francesca Haig
Francesca Haig is a novelist, poet, and academic, and is the author of The Fire Sermon series, published in more than 20 languages. Her first novel, The Fire Sermon, was published in 2015, followed by The Map of Bones, in 2016. The final book in the trilogy will be published in 2017.
Francesca grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.