Workshop: Writing the ‘Unreal’ with Pip Adam

@ The Writers Block, Hagley College, Saturday 6th March 2021, 9:30am to 12:30 pm, includes morning tea.

***SOLD OUT***

In this workshop we’ll explore the political, emotional and documentary possibilities of writing the ‘unreal’.

Pip says: ‘‘I started my writing career believing that realism was the only way to engage with the things that confused me. However, I’ve found myself moving more and more toward speculative and science fiction to make sense of the world and my experience in it.

Kim Stanely Robertson said, ‘I don’t think science fiction is about prediction, although it has done that fairly successfully through its history. What it does, I think, is capture the feeling of the present that we’re in, the sense of possibility and rapid change. It’s a kind of poetry where the science fiction scenarios are metaphors for how things feel right now.’

Taking this quote as our starting point we’ll discuss work by Andrea Lawlor, Jordy Rosenberg and Samuel R. Delany,  and share our experiences writing the ‘real’ and the ‘unreal’.’’

Pip Adam is the author of three novels: Nothing to See (2020), The New Animals (2017), which won the Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction, and I’m Working on a Building (2013); and the short story collection Everything We Hoped For (2010), which won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in 2011. 

Pip’s work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. In 2012 she received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award.

Pip facilitates writing workshops in universities and other settings, including with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. She makes the Better off Read podcast where she talks with authors about writing and reading.

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