Love and Apocalypse; Externalize Your Inner Apocalypse with Creative Writing
Using creative writing, readers are encouraged to make meaning of their experiences by discovering, emphasizing and illuminating changed perspectives. Every character and every story we write is autobiographical. Consider writing as a clearing of sorts. Our writing can transform us by offering opportunities to explore, examine, and understand outcomes from our lives, and to imagine alternatives. You can evoke a sense of justice and peace, not by changing outcomes (usually it’s too late for that), but by changing perspective. This means that though we may have felt like the walking dead at times, we have a chance at redemption. Writing apocalyptic stories can convey a message of change, and even hope.
Saving the World One Word at a Time; Writing Cli-Fi
Discover how writing fiction can make the world a better place. This book offers instruction, inspiration and prompts for writing cli-fi (Climate Fiction). Cli-fi is speculative fiction that focuses primarily on the ways that climate change is transforming our world. Explore how plot, place and character development can make climate change personal. By anticipating and elaborating on the future implications of climate change, writers of cli-fi use knowledge of science and climate to imagine and create apocalyptic or dystopian worlds with the goal of changing how humans think about, inhabit and interact with our planet. Place your writing at the forefront of efforts to reimagine the message and the messengers of climate change, taking the issue out of politics and into the realm of the personal. This book appears in The Atlantic, August 14th, 2015 “Climate Fiction, Can Books Save the Planet?”