[WE ARE HERE FESTIVAL] Creating Other Worlds: Scifi Writing Workshops with Lou Cornum

Advanced technology without precious mineral mining. Interstellar travel without military funding. Alien life forms in mushroom bodies. This workshop in science fiction (SF) thought and writing will explore images and speculations at the limits of genre.

We will meet in three sessions over three weeks culminating in a day of sharing work and idea exchange about the social and political uses of other worlds. The course of each session will be focused loosely on the following prompts: What is SF and Why?; Imagining the Impossible; and World Building for the Dispossessed.

Each session will involve a short introduction to the prompt in the history and context of SF (with an emphasis on work by Indigenous and POC authors), reading a brief work or excerpt of SF, writing our own SF beginnings/fragments and workshopping these with the group. Participants can come to one, two, or all of the sessions and previous attendance is not required to join a later session. 


WE ARE HERE is three-day arts festival exploring Indigenous past, present and future, curated by Abrons Arts Center 2019 AIRspace Curatorial Resident Aru Apaza. The festival will include work by Indigenous visual artists, filmmakers and musicians who utilize their own technologies, ancestral knowledge, and survival tactics to reflect on what it means to live a “balanced” life during the “unbalanced” times of late stage capitalism.


WE ARE HERE is made possible by the New York Women’s Foundation, American Indian Community House, Abrons Arts Center and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Leadership Fellowship.

The 2019-2020 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Govenor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Aru Apaza