Session #1: 15 June, 19:30 – 22:00 CEST (online)
With: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Alice Bucknell
During session 1 of Weaving With Worlds, our incredible speakers will lead us through an introduction of Worldbuilding and what envisioning alternative realities might mean for the future of our interdependent and interconnected ecosystems.
To kick off ‘Weaving With Worlds’ we shall introduce the practice and history of worldbuilding and have a workshop to develop your own story/case. For the writing session, we have invited Filipinx writer Rochita Ruiz, who resides and works in The Netherlands.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is an Octavia Butler’s Scholar and has given numerous workshops on worldbuilding with an ecological focus. Recently, she led the development of the publication ‘Envision Other Futures’ from the Other Futures Festival. Her fiction and non-fiction have been included in a variety of online and print publications. Most recently, her work was included in the Big Book of Modern Fantasy edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Besides teaching culture professionals, she works with young people (aged 14-21) to encourage and stimulate creative critical thinking and problem solving through collaborative world-building.
In this short workshop, we will explore aspects of worldbuilding which are part of the speculative fiction writer’s toolbox. The class will be encouraged to work together through worldbuilding exercises. We will also make use of other narrative forms conducive to collaboration. Writing experience is not a must. Don’t forget to bring along your playful side!