WDtS Mattapan: Decoding Black Speculative Fiction (CANCELLED)

Saturday, April 11th 12:00pm to 1:30pm
BPL - Mattapan Branch
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
25 seats max

Black speculative fiction often conjures up names like Octavia Butler or NK Jemisin. But trying to limit black speculative fiction to a single definition is like trying to catch a breeze with your hand. Yet, Andre Carrington, in Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction, writes that “Black authors, artists, and audiences have incorporated speculative fiction into the rich, dynamic reservoir of cultural practices on which we draw to fashion ourselves.”

One reason black speculative fiction is so difficult to define, and yet is so distinct, is its deep roots. It dates back, at least, to the nineteenth century, thus comprising nearly 200 years of stories from black authors. In this 90-minute drop-in class, we’ll discuss black speculative fiction as an act of speculating on the world’s present and future through the stories we tell, and how these stories help reshape the world we share. And students will have a deeper grasp of what contributions Black Speculative Fiction makes to literature, and how to apply it to mind-bending genres like science fiction, fantasy, or even horror stories.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.


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Quentin Lucas
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