Writing climate fiction: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW539
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Climate fiction or 'cli-fi' is writing that takes climate change and global warming as its inspiration. In this engaging taster workshop, a variety of creative writing exercises and prompts will help you develop your own fictional response to the theme of climate crisis, and you'll explore the diverse writers who have cultivated and embraced the cli-fi genre, such as Margaret Attwood, Barbara Kingsolver, and Richard Powers.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- What is ‘Cli-Fi’? Towards a definition.
- Classic examples of early ‘Cli-Fi’
- Recent examples of ‘Cli-Fi
- The pitfalls of Cli-Fi: what to avoid.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define climate fiction
- List and analyse three examples of climate fiction
- Generate creative responses to multimedia prompts
- Research current examples of climate change / global warming using a variety of sources
- Start a longer piece of prose fiction by the end of the day.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate level course, suitable for beginners with an interest in climate fiction and those with some experience of creative writing. You will need to be a fluent reader and writer of English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Interactive tutor presentations
- Individual writing exercises, including free-writing to a variety of multimedia stimuli
- Small and large group discussion and analysis of published texts
- Tutor and peer feedback.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. Please bring paper and pens.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to consider another intermediate creative writing course at City Lit such as Starting your novel or Short story writing. Alternatively, if you feel ready to submit your work for rigorous constructive feedback you are welcome to enrol in one of our Advanced fiction writing workshops.
Our Craft Focus series is also available to writers who wish to focus on an isolated element of fiction writing craft. We offer short intensive courses in developing character, plot, setting, point of view, and more. See our website or contact the department for advice on how you can develop a programme of fiction writing study.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Dr Kevan Manwaring is a writer and lecturer in creative writing. He is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Windsmith Elegy, Lost Islands, The Bardic Handbook, Desiring Dragons, and others. He won a national science fiction novel competition with Black Box, forthcoming from Unbound. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Hawthornden Castle, and the Eccles Centre (British Library). He is an editor of anthologies, and contributes to both commercial and peer-reviewed journals. He blogs and tweets as the Bardic Academic.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.