Two updates in a day! Isn’t that something after months of not updating at all.
If I had to share everything that’s happened in the past year, I would be updating on the hour. But this update is about a one-hour workshop that I’ll be doing for FIBER. As I understand there are still spots available and when you sign-up or apply, you’re not just applying for a day workshop, but for a series of multidisciplinary workshops. If that tickles your curiosity, do go and check out the link.
I’ll be doing Day #1 workshop on worldbuilding and I’m still working on how to fit as much as I possibly can into that one hour slot. I went and read Alice Bucknell’s essay Ecological World-Building:From Science Fiction to Virtual Reality and then I asked Rhian Morris if I could attend Alice’s lecture (I can. Yay!). I have the date blocked on my calendar and am looking forward to it.
Anyway, talking about worldbuilding, I had to share a project I’ve been doing with a handful of young people (14-21 years old) and how working with these youngsters has inspired me and helped me refine and adjust my approach towards teaching/sharing worldbuilding tools. Each workshop I’ve given has also taught me a lessons on how to refine my approach so that it fits better with the people I’m working with.
With Envisioning Other Futures, I had a balance of Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students. My discord youngsters are bilingual who choose to write in English, and I’ve had one day workshops with writers whose only common language is English. Each group teaches me how to adapt and adjust so that the approach will be most useful to those attending.
Regardless of what discipline or background people come from, I think it’s important to find that sweet spot where participants let go of the rigidity of expectation and embrace their playful self. I think we’re best able to create when we allow ourselves to play in the worlds that we create. It’s also then, in that sense of joy that comes from creating together that we find surprising solutions to what might seem like insurmountable problems.
**I am also sharing a link to Rhian Morris’ site as I found myself quite fascinated by her immersive work. Do check it out and be inspired.
In the lead-up to the second edition of the Other Futures Festival which will be held in Amsterdam from the 10th of April to the 12th of April, I will be leading Envisioning Other Futures, a creative writing workshop with the focus on science fiction. The application period has passed and the selection process has been completed. Names of accepted applicants will be released sometime in the coming week.
It’s been a while since I last led a workshop and with Envisioning Other Futures, I hope participating writers will feel free to write in either English or Dutch. I am looking forward to the stories that will come out of the workshop and to witnessing fresh voices emerge from the workshop.
I am happy that we made a choice for guest lecturers from different disciplines, who can offer participants insights that I hope will compel our writers to look deeper than the known tropes.
After what feels like a long period of being out of it, I find myself returning to one of the things I love the most. Writing. Sharing what I know and nurturing others. 2020 is shaping up to be a great year. 🙂
Eschacon starts today and I will be there together with awesome writers Zen Cho, Marieke Nijkamp, Corinne Duyvis, Bill Campbell and Aliette de Bodard.
Work and life go on. I’m very honored to join these writers in discussions. To be able to share what knowledge I have gained is a joy.
I’m a bit late with posting my schedule, but if you want to see me on panels at Worldcon, my schedule looks like this:
Friday, August 15
Content and Form: Writing SF/F in non-Western Modes
Capital Suite 8 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm
Imagining Fantasy Lands: The Status Quo Does Not Need Worldbuilding
Capital Suite 11 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm
Capital Suite 6 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm
The World at Worldcon: SF/F in South and South-East Asia
London Suite 2 (Level 0), 1:30pm – 3pm
Reading: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 10pm – 10:30pm
Sunday, August 17
Diversity Within Young Adult Science Fiction
Capital Suite 2 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm
(Copied from the FB page where you can register for this workshop.)
“If we want to see women of color safe, happy, healthy and in power in the future, we must write/create worlds that are worthy of us.” – adrienne maree brown.
On Saturday July 12 poetry platform RE:Definition, feminist collective Redmond and Amsterdam’s American Book Center are hosting a sci fi writing salon with adrienne maree brown (co-editor of “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements) and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Octavia Butler scholar).
— Event info —
Doors open: 14.45h
Writing salon: From 15.00h until 18.00h.
Location: ABC Treehouse* (address: Voetboogstraat 11, 1012 XK A’dam)
Reservations: Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To do so, please go to the Facebook Event page mention the number of seats (max. 3) you’d like to reserve.
What to bring: Something to write on and something to write with.
* ABC Treehouse is around the corner from sushi spot Tokyo Café at Spuiplein. When facing Tokyo Café, walk to the right; Voetboogstraat is the first street to your left.
— Links —
adrienne maree brown – http://adriennemareebrown.net/
Octavia’s Brood – http://www.octaviasbrood.com/
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz – https://rcloenenruiz.com/
Redmond – http://www.redmondamsterdam.com/
RE:Definition – http://www.wedefineus.wordpress.com
American Book Center – http://www.abc.nl
Posting about two events related to each other.
On Saturday, November 2, Radio Redmond will be holding an Afrofuturist Event during the Amsterdam Museumnacht at FOAM Fotografiemuseum. I’m pretty excited about my story being included on programme for this event. I want to express my thanks to the Radio Redmond crew and in particular to Hodan Warsame and Chandra Frank who made time for me (never mind that the storm got in the way of that plan, but just the making time is a huge thing).
On November 9 (also a Saturday), I’ll be in Amsterdam again. This time at the American Book Center’s Treehouse for a book presentation of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Our editor/publisher Bill Campbell will be there as well as ToC-mate Tade Thompson. Hodan Warsame will be moderating the q & a, and there will be books available.
Thanks go out to the American Book Center staff, in particular to Tiemen Zwaan. If you’re in Amsterdam, do drop by the book presentation. 🙂
I’ve been reminded that I still have a slew of things to finish before heading out to WFC, among them sending emails and checking in. I’m looking forward to this con. Here’s to meeting up with old friends and making new ones.