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Focus on Indigenous Futures 

Focus on Indigenous Futures 

This March, don’t miss two classes with a focus on writing Indigenous Futures. Speculative fiction gives us the opportunity to reflect on past, present, and future through writing and creating. Participants will imagine their way through Futurisms by interweaving their own cultures and life experiences into science fiction and game writing. Classes will explore Indigenous futurist texts with Indigenous characters in order to learn how to diversify our science fiction (or otherwise-genred) story in a good way. 

Our instructors include Elizabeth LaPensée and Brian K. Hudson. 


An image of the writer Elizabeth LaPensée

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher whocreates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe with family from Bay Mills, Métis, and Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. 

 

Elizabeth will be teaching Imagining Futurisms in Games with Elizabeth LaPensée on Thursday and Friday, March 18 & 19. 

An image of the writer Brian K. HudsonBrian K. Hudson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation from Bushyhead, Oklahoma. Currently he teaches composition, digital storytelling, and Native studies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His short story “Land Run on Sooner City” can be found in mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction & Speculative Storytelling. “Digital Medicine” was included in the People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed Magazine, which won the 2017 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. He has also published work on animals in Native literature, among other critical work.

Brian will be teaching Native Futures: Crafting Indigenous Science Fiction with Brian K. Hudson on Monday, March 29. 

These classes have free spots held for indigenous writers. Send in your class request to workshop@clarionwest.org.

A limited number of scholarships are available in all of our online classes for Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class to which you would like to apply the scholarship.

*Support for these workshops has been provided by the Blue Corn Creations Scholarship

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