Join us in a science-fiction writing workshop by writer/researcher Yen Ooi that explores urban settings and cultural flavours. We’ll look at how we might write about the spaces we love and the cultures and traditions that we grew up with in a science fictional setting, mixing the familiar with the imaginary. We’ll read and discuss pieces of short Chinese science fiction of today and be inspired by these texts to create works that will challenge the genre. This workshop is for writers at any stage, writing prose or poetry, who feel that they would like to expand on their reading and explore writing new things. No experience is necessary.

Yen Ooi is the author of Sun: Queens of Earth (novel), A Suspicious Collection of Short Stories and Poetry (collection), and Road to Guangdong (computer game). Her short stories and poetry have been featured in various publications; most recently, her short story ‘The Butterfly Lovers’ was published in The Good Journal 3. She is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing on Chinese science fiction, where she is interested in the evolution of the genre and the discourses between native and diasporic voices. As a writer and editor, Yen hopes to develop writing that is rich in culture that will add further value to the development of genre fiction. Yen is a lecturer at Westminster University’s MA Creative Writing course, a mentor in marketing and publishing, and co-founder of CreateThinkDo.

Participants in the writing workshop will have the opportunity to present their work at our Thursday Late in November.